Australian Flying Corps

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Australian Flying Corps
English Title:
Australian Flying Corps
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

The Australian Flying Corps was the aviation arm of the Australian Army in WW1. It was closely modelled in the Royal Flying Corps in Britain, and drew most of its equipment and operational practices from that organisation.

Key Dates

May-June 1911 Imperial Conference in London, England, mandates the national armed forces of the British Empire to develop aviation units.
30 December 1911 Recruitment of first aviation personnel.
3 July 1912 First aircraft ordered.
20 (22?) September 1912 Creation of an Australian military air arm officially approved.
7 March 1913 Formation of CFS and Australian Flying Corp officially announced.
August 1914 Flying training begins.
September 1914 Single aircraft shipped to New Guinea to support Allied forces, but not used.
27 May 1915 First operational flight.
January 1916 No.1 Squadron AFC established.
August 1917 First units arrive on the Western Front.
1920 AFC disbanded.

Current Status

The AFC was disbanded in 1920.

Future Plans

Not applicable.


National Insignia

AFC aircraft wore the same colour schemes as Royal Flying Corps aircraft, with blue/white/red roundels in the standard six positions, and a blue-white-red fin flash or rudder stripes. No service titles were used.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft operating with the AFC retained their former British Royal Flying Corps serials, e.g. Avro 504K E3785.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

To be added.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

To be added.


Main Headquarters

Australian Imperial Force Headquarters, London, England.

Organisational Structure

At its height, the AFC comprised No.1 Squadron in the Middle East, Nos.2, 3 and 4 Squadrons on the Western Front and No.1 Training Wing in the UK. The later was made up of four training squadrons.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

List of Historical Orders of Battle – to be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

No.1 Squadron AFC
No.2 Squadron AFC
No.3 Squadron AFC
No.4 Squadron AFC
No.5 (Training) Squadron AFC
No.6 (Training) Squadron AFC
No.7 (Training) Squadron AFC
No.8 (Training) Squadron AFC

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Only one AFC unit, No.1 Squadron, spent any time in Australia, all other units were based overseas. Details to be added.

More Information


None known.


To be added


wikipedia: Australian Flying Corps
Australian War Memorial: The Australian Flying Corps The Australian Flying Corps

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.


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