Honduran National Police

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Policia Nacional de Honduras
English Title:
Honduran National Police
First Established:
ICAO Code:

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Narrative Summary

The first Honduran National Police force was established in 1888. After military rule was imposed, the Police force was dissolved and replaced by a succession of para-military organisations, starting with the Civil Guard.

In 1998 the Honduran National Police force was re-established as a civil force under the Ministry of Security. The Directorate of National Preventive Police (Dirección Nacional de la Policía Preventiva – DNPP) established an aviation unit in 1999, with the delivery of two Bell 206 helicopters.

Key Dates

5 January 1888    Policia Nacional de Honduras first established.
1959    Police dissolved and replaced by Civil Guard.
1963    Security Task Force (CES) replaces Civil Guard.
1975    Public Security Force (FUSEP) replaces CES.
28 May 1998    Policia Nacional de Honduras re-established.
1999    PNH Aviation Unit established.

Current Status

The PNH helicopters were intended to be used primarily to provide air support to ground commands. In fact, a scandal errupted when it was discovered they were mainly used for VIP transport of government officials.

Future Plans

No further aquisitions are planned.


National Insignia

PNH helicopters initially wore a white and silver colour scheme with the PNH shield on the fuselage side, together with the service titles ‘POLICIA NACIONAL’. The national flag appeared on the tail fin. By 2009 the silver was replaced by blue, but the other markings were unchanged.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

All PNH helicopters carry civil registrations, e.g. HR-PNV.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

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Aircraft Type Total
Still On
Bell 206B JetRanger II220Policing

All-Time Aircraft Used List

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Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Bell 206B JetRanger II21999currentUSA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.


Main Headquarters

Policia Nacional de Honduras, Cuartel General Casamata, Tegucigalpa, M.D.C.

Organisational Structure

All helicopters are operated by the Escuadron Aeropolicial of the Policia Nacional Preventiva.

Current Unit Assignments

Escuadron Aeropolicial

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All helicopters are based at Tegucigalpa-Toncontin IAP.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information


Honduras Aviation Bibliography – to be added


No feature articles known.


Official Website
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Scramble: Honduras – Police

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

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