Northern Territory Police Air Wing

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Northern Territory Police Air Wing
English Title:
Northern Territory Police Air Wing
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

The Northern Territory Police was first established in 1911. An Air Wing was formed in 1979. Due to the vast distances involved, and the low population desnity, the Air Wing only operates fixed wing aircraft.

Key Dates

1911 Northern Territory Police first established.
1979 Police Air Wing set up.
2000 First Pilatus PC-12 delivered.

Current Status

The aircraft of the NT Police Air Wing are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Special Markings

The Pilatus aircraft of the NT Police operate in a silver and blue colour scheme, with a red and pale blue fuselage cheatline. THe NT Police crest is carried on the fin and the service titles POLICE are displayed in small letters below the cockpit.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft operating with the NT Police carry Australian civil aircraft registrations, e.g. PC-12 VH-YDR.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Pilatus PC-12 2 2 0 Policing
Pilatus PC-12NG 2 2 0 Policing

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Piper PA-31 Navajo 2 1979 2001 USA
Pilatus PC-12 2 2000 current Switzerland
Pilatus PC-12NG 2 2013 current Switzerland

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.


Main Headquarters

Northern Territory Police Air Wing, 3 Murphy Rd, Marrara, NT 0812.

Organisational Structure

The NT Police Air Wing has no subordinate units.

Current Unit Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The NT Police Air Wing has bases at Darwin International Airport and Alice Springs Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information


None known.


The Drum


wikipedia: Northern Territory Police
Pilatus Enthusiasts: Australian Northern Territory Police Air Wing
Aviator Magazine: Police Air Wing

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