Aircraft Operators Database Explanatory Notes

This website concentrates on military, parapublic and special mission operators. As such it covers military air arms, national and regional government agencies and public service operators. It also includes selected private sector operators who mainly operate as contractors in similar market sectors. It does not cover commercial or General Aviation operators.

Our coverage includes defunct aircraft operators and those from countries which no longer exist. Full aircraft fleet and historical details will be provided for each one.

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  • ‘Start’ and ‘End’ dates refer to Aviation activity, and not to the parent organisation.
  • The ‘core/branch’ column indicates if the operator is a dedicated stand-alone aviation organisation, (i.e. aviation is its ‘core’ mission), or the flying branch of a much larger non-aviation organisation, (e.g. US Coast Guard).