Royal Jordanian Air Force

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Al Quwait Al Jawwiya Al Mlakiya Al Urduniya
English Title:
Royal Jordanian Air Force
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

In 1923, after taking over the League of Nations mandate for Transjordan, the British established a military security force manned by local Arabs called the Arabs Legion. This force fought very successfully in World War Two. After the Israeli War of Independence, a small air unit called the Arab Legion Air Force (ALAF) was established in 1949 – largely manned by British personnel. In 1950 the training of Arab personnel began. The ALAF soon expanded and in 1955 received its first jet aircraft. In September 1955 the ALAF was renamed the Royal Jordanian Air Force.

Key Dates

22 October 1923    Arab Legion established
1949    Arab Legion Air Force first formed
1955    First jet aircraft delivered – Vampire T.11
25 September 1955    Arab Legion Air Force renamed the Royal Jordanian Air Force
1958    First helicopters received – Westland Widgeon

Current Status

To be added.

Future Plans

Take delivery of 2 Ilyushin Il-76MF freighters.
A batch of six locally assembled Kamov Ka-226 helicopters is on order.


National Insignia

Current — Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The Jordanian military serial numbering system consists of a three or four digit mumber, e.g. 840 for a Hunter FGA.73A and 314 for an Alouette III. Serials are not reused once a type has been retired.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used.

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service


Main Headquarters


Organisational Structure

The RJAF is organised into two commands, Operations Command for combat, transport and reconnaissance units and Training Command for primary and basic flying training. There is also a Special Operations Aviation Brigade, which appears to operate independently of the normal command structure.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

List of Historical Orders of Battle – to be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The main air bases currently used are Al Jafr, Al Mafraq, Amman-Marka IAP, El Azraq, H5 and Zarqa.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

In addition to the main bases, here are also a number of smaller airports and airfields around the country which are sometimes used by the Air Force.
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

More Information


Jordanian Military Aviation Bibliography – to be added.


To be added.


Official Jordanian Air Force webpage

wikipedia: Jordanian Air Force

Scramble: Jordanian Air Force

Air-Britain Photos: Jordanian Air Force

Facebook: Royal Jordanian Air Force

The Royal Jordanian Airforce

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  1. Dawsons Field at Zarqa was the destination of the 1970 airline highjackings. Apart from the suggestion that it was named after Air Chief Marshal Sir Walter Dawson (AOC in Levant 1946-48) and that it was an RAF base (there is NO reference to such use) little is known about its origins. Does anyone know more?

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