All-Time Aircraft Used List
United Arab Emirates Air Force

of the United Arab Emirates Air Force
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
AgustaWestland A109S Grand 1 2006 current Italy
Agusta-Bell AB412SP 3 1989 ? Italy
Agusta-Bell AB412HP 6 1995 current Italy
Bell 412EP 2 2006 2008 leased
Aerospatiale SA 316B Alouette III 10 1999 ? Abu Dhabi AF
Airbus A330-200 MRTT 3 2013 current Spain
Antonov An-124 1 2004 2007 Ukraine
Aerospatiale AS 350B Ecureuil 13 2001 ? France
Aerospatiale AS 350C Ecureuil 18 2001 current France
Air Tractor AT-802U 10 2010 current USA
AgustaWestland AW139 8 2005 current Italy
AgustaWestland AW169 5 ? ? Italy
Avro RJ85 2 2007 current ex-civil
Bell 205A 6 1999 current Abu Dhabi AF
Bell 206B JetRanger 7 1999 ? Abu Dhabi AF
Agusta-Bell AB206 JetRanger 11 1999 ? Abu Dhabi AF
Bell 212 2 1999 ? Abu Dhabi AF
Bell 214B 4 1999 ? Abu Dhabi AF
Bell 407 23 2000 current USA
Boeing C-17A Globemaster III 6 2011 current USA
Lockheed L-100-30 Hercules 3 1999 current Abu Dhabi AF
Lockheed C-130H Hercules 1 1999 current Abu Dhabi AF
Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules 3 1999 current Abu Dhabi AF
Cessna 172 1 ? ? USA
Cessna 172S Skyhawk 1 2012 current USA
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 8 2005 current USA
CASA CN-235M-100 7 1993 current Spain
De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 3 2004 current Canada
De Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash-8 4 2012 current Canada
Diamond DA42MPP 4 2012 current Austria
Lockheed Martin F-16E Desert Falcon 56 2004 current USA
Lockheed Martin F-16F Desert Falcon 25 2004 current USA
Aerospatiale SA 342L Gazelle 12 1999 ? Abu Dhabi AF
Grob G115TA Acro 12 1997 current Germany
Boeing CH-47C Chinook 12 2003 current Libya
Boeing CH-47F Chinook 12 2012 current USA
Sikorsky UH-60L Black Hawk 20 2008 current USA
Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk 40 2011 current USA
Boeing AH-64A Apache 30 1999 current Abu Dhabi AF
British Aerospace Hawk Mk 61 9 1999 current UK
British Aerospace Hawk Mk 63A 16 1999 current UK
British Aerospace Hawk Mk 63B 2 1999 current UK
British Aerospace Hawk Mk 63C 4 1999 current UK
British Aerospace Hawk Mk 102 18 1999 current UK
Britten-Norman BN-2T Islander 1 1999 2003 Abu Dhabi AF?
Beech King Air C90 4 2010 current USA
Beech Super King Air 350 2 1999 current Abu Dhabi AF
Aermacchi MB339A 11 1999 current Dubai AF/Italy
Alenia M346 48 ? ? Italy
Dassault Mirage 2000DAD 6 1999 current France
Dassault Mirage 2000EAD 22 1999 current France
Dassault Mirage 2000RAD 8 1999 current France
Dassault Mirage 2000-9DAD 12 2003 current France
Dassault Mirage 2000-9EAD 20 2003 current France
Piaggio P.180 Avanti 2 2010 current Italy
Aerospatiale AS 365N3 2 1999 current France
Aerospatiale AS 565UB Panther 6 ? ? France
Eurocopter EC155B1 1 2002 current Germany
Pilatus PC-6B Turbo Porter 2 1999 2005 Abu Dhabi AF
Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer 31 1999 current Abu Dhabi AF
Pilatus PC-21 25 2011 current Switzerland Aerospatiale SA 330C Puma 5 1999 ? Abu Dhabi AF
Aerospatiale SA 330F Puma 5 1999 ? Abu Dhabi AF
Aerospatiale SA 330L Puma 10 1999 current Romania
Aerospatiale SA 330SM Puma 10 2006 current Romania
SAAB 340B AEWC 2 2011 current Sweden
SIAI Marchetti SF.260TP 6 1999 2001 Dubai AF
Aerospatiale AS 332 Super Puma 4 1999 current Abu Dhabi AF
Short Skyvan 4 1999 current Dubai AF
Short 330-UTT 1 1999 2006 Dubai AF
Viking Air Guardian 400 4 ? ? Canada

All-Time Aircraft Used List
South African Aviation Corps

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Henri Farman HF.27 6 1915 19?? France
Jeannin Taube 2 1915 19?? Germany?
Paterson No.2 Biplane 1 1913 1913 South Africa
Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c 13 1915 1917 UK
Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2e 2 1915 1921 UK

All-Time Units List
South African Air Force

This page lists all the aviation units of the South African Air Force, since its formation.

1 Squadron
2 Squadron
3 Squadron
4 Squadron
5 Squadron
6 Squadron
7 Squadron
8 Squadron
9 Squadron
10 Squadron
11 Squadron
12 Squadron
13 Squadron
14 Squadron
15 Squadron
16 Squadron
17 Squadron
19 Squadron
20 Squadron
21 Squadron
22 Squadron
23 Squadron
24 Squadron
25 Squadron
26 Squadron
27 Squadron
28 Squadron
30 Squadron
31 Squadron
32 Squadron
33 Squadron
34 Squadron
35 Squadron
40 Squadron
41 Squadron
42 Squadron
43 Squadron
44 Squadron
50 Squadron
60 Squadron
101 Squadron
102 Squadron
103 Squadron
104 Squadron
105 Squadron
106 Squadron
107 Squadron
108 Squadron
109 Squadron
110 Squadron
111 Squadron
112 Squadron
114 Squadron

2 (South Africa) Wing
3 (South Africa) Wing
5 (South Africa) Wing
7 (South Africa) Wing
21 (South Africa) Wing
24 (South Africa) Wing
25 (South Africa) Wing

80 Air Navigation School
85 Combat Flying School
86 Multi-Engine Flying School
87 Helicopter Flying School
88 Maritime Training School
Central Flying School
Test Flight and Development Centre
Silver Falcons

Current Aircraft Inventory
South African Air Force

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
SAAB JAS 39 Gripen C 18 17 0 Fighter-Bomber
Douglas C-47TP Turbo Dakota 32 10 0 EW/Maritime Patrol/Transport
Lockheed C-130B Hercules 9 6 0 Transport
CASA C212 Aviocar 4 3 0 Transport
Cessna 208 12 8 0 EW/Transport
Beech Super King Air 200 3 3 0 Transport
Beech Super King Air 300 1 1 0 Transport
Pilatus PC-12 1 1 0 Transport
AgustaWestland AW109 28 27 0 Utility
MBB BK117 10 6 0 Utility
Atlas Oryx 51 46 0 Utility
Atlas AH-2 Rooivalk 12 12 0 Attack
SAAB JAS 39 Gripen D 9 9 0 Trainer
BAE Systems Hawk 120 24 23 0 Trainer/Attack
Pilatus PC-7 Mk II 63 56 0 Trainer

 

Aircraft Not Used
South African Air Force

This page gives details of the aircraft types that were offered or promised to the South African Air Force, but not delivered, cancelled official orders, and types have been falsely reported as being in service.

Supermarine Spitfire XV
The Spitfire XV or Spitfire 15 does not exist, as this mark number was allocated to the Seafire. The SAAF did not operate Seafires.

Vickers Victoria
Six have been reported in service, but this was probably due to confusion with the very similar Vickers Valentia.

Vickers Vincent/Vildebeest
Although it has an Afrikaans name, the Vildebeest was only used by the RAF and RNZAF. The very similar Vincent also never saw service in South Africa.

Vickers Vimy
Two have been reported in service in 1920, but this is probably associated with the van Ryneveld and Brand attempt to make the first England to South Africa flight in 1920. Two Vickers Vimy’s were damaged in the attempt, but neither was taken into SAAF service.

Westland Wapiti IIA
The SAAF actually used the Wapiti IB and III variants. The Mark III was based on the IIA variant produced for the RAF, but no IIAs reached South Africa.

Westland Scout
One Westland Scout helicopter was obtained from the Bahrain Police in 1976 for Wasp gearbox testing. It was not flown in SAAF service.

All-Time Aircraft Used List
South African Air Force

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aermacchi AM3C Bosbok 40 1973 1992 Italy/South Africa
Aermacchi MB326M Impala I 151 1966 2005 Italy/South Africa
Aermacchi MB326K Impala II 100 1974 2005 Italy/South Africa
Aeronca 50C Chief 1 1940 19?? impressed
Aeronca 65C Chief ? 19?? 19?? impressed
Aeronca KCA ? 19?? 19?? impressed
Aerospatiale SE 3130 Alouette II 8 1960 1973 France
Aerospatiale Alouette III 118 1962 2007 France/Rhodesia
Aerospatiale SA 365N Dauphin 2 1 1994 1998 Tribal Homelands
Aerospatiale SA 321L Super Frelon 17 1967 1990 France
Aerospatiale SA 330 Puma 109 1969 1997 France/UK
Agusta A109LUH 30 2005 current Italy/South Africa
Airspeed Envoy 7 1936 1940 UK
Airspeed Oxford 700 1940 1950 UK
Altis V2 1 1939 ? impressed
Altis V3 1 1939 ? impressed
Atlas AH-2 Rooivalk 12 1998 current South Africa
Atlas Cheetah C 36 1992 2008 South Africa
Atlas Cheetah D 16 1986 2008 South Africa
Atlas Cheetah E 16 1986 1992 South Africa
Atlas Cheetah R 1 19?? 1994 South Africa
Atlas C-4M Kudu 40 1974 1991 South Africa
Atlas CSH-2 Rooivalk 3 1990 1998 South Africa
Atlas TP-1 Oyrx 51 1990 current South Africa
Auster A.O.P.3 ? 19?? 19?? UK
Auster A.O.P.5 6 1945 1961 UK
Auster A.O.P.6 5+ 1953 1966 UK
Auster A.O.P.9 2 1957 1967 UK
Avro 504K 30 1919 1930 UK
Avro 504N 1+ 1927 19?? UK
Avro Anson I 698+ 1940 1947 UK
Avro Anson IV 52 19?? 19?? UK
Avro 594 Avian IIIA 1 1938 19?? UK
Avro 616 Avian IVM 20 1929 19?? UK
Avro 621 Tutor 59 1930 1944 UK/South Africa
Avro Sport Avian ? 1939 19?? impressed
Avro Shackleton MR.3 8 1957 1984 UK
Avro York 1 1944 1952 UK
BAE Systems Hawk Mk.120 24 2006 current UK/South Africa
Beech C-45 Expeditor 2 1945 1945 UK
Beech B80 Queen Air 2 1975 1992 USA
Beech Super King Air 200C 3 1994 current Tribal Homelands
Beech Super King Air 300 1 1994 current Tribal Homelands
Boeing 707-320 5 1986 2007 ?
Boeing 737-7ED 1 2002 current USA
Boeing PB2B-1 Catalina 6 19?? 19?? USA
Bristol Beaufighter II ? 1943 19?? UK
Bristol Beaufighter VI 1+ 1943 1944 UK
Bristol Beaufighter X 6 1943 1944 UK
Bristol Beaufort I 20 1941 1944 UK
Bristol Beaufort IA 27 1943 1944 UK
Bristol Beaufort II 2 1943 1944 UK
Bristol Beaufort IIA 9 1943 1944 UK
Bristol Blenheim IF 1 1939 1940 UK
Bristol Blenheim IVF 8 1939 1942 UK
Bristol Blenheim V 1+ 1941 1943+ UK
Bristol Boxkite 3 19?? 19?? UK
British Aircraft Double Eagle 1 1939 1940 UK
Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander 2 1994 2002 Tribal Homelands
Bucker Bu 131A Jungmann ? 1939 19?? impressed
Bucker Bu 133 Jungmeister ? 1939 19?? impressed
Canadair CL-13B Sabre Mk.6 34 1956 1980 Canada
Caproni Ca 133T 1 1941 1944 captured
Caproni Ca 310 Libeccio ? 19?? 19?? captured
CASA C-212 Aviocar 4 1994 current Tribal Homelands
CASA CN235 1 1994 1998 Tribal Homelands
Cessna C-34 Airmaster 1 1939 19?? impressed
Cessna 180D Skywagon ? 19?? 19?? USA
Cessna 185 45 1962 2006 USA
Cessna 208 Caravan I 12 1988 current USA
Cessna 320C Skyknight 1 1965 1967 USA
Cessna 336 Skymaster ? 19?? 19?? USA
Cessna 411 ? 19?? 19?? USA
Consolidated B-24J Liberator 16 1943 1945 USA
Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina 12 1943 1946 USA
Curtiss P-40B Tomahawk ? 1941 1941 USA
Curtiss P-40C Tomahawk IIB 50 1940 1942 USA
Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk IA 160 1942 1944 RAF
Curtiss P-40F Kittyhawk II ? 19?? 19?? RAF
Curtiss P-40M Kittyhawk III ? 1942 1945 RAF
Curtiss P-40N Kittyhawk IV ? 1943 1944 RAF
Curtiss Mohawk III 87 1941 1942 RAF
Curtiss Mohawk IV 72 1941 19?? RAF
Dassault Falcon 20 1 1966 1966 France
Dassault Mirage F.1AZ 32 1976 1997 France/South Africa
Dassault Mirage F.1CZ 19 1975 1992 France/South Africa
Dassault Mirage IIIBZ 3 1964 1992 France
Dassault Mirage IIICZ 16 1963 1992 France
Dassault Mirage IIIDZ 3 1967 1986 France
Dassault Mirage IIID2Z 11 1974 1986 France
Dassault Mirage IIIEZ 17 1965 1992 France
Dassault Mirage IIIRZ 4 1967 1990 France
Dassault Mirage IIIR2Z 3 1974 1990 France
de Havilland D.H.4 10 1919 1927 UK
de Havilland D.H.9 Mantis 5 1919 1942 South Africa
de Havilland D.H.9J M’Pala 6 1920 1937 South Africa
de Havilland D.H.60G Gipsy Moth 18 1939 19?? impressed
de Havilland D.H.60GIII Moth Major 9 1939 19?? impressed
de Havilland D.H.60M Moth 1 1929 1929 UK
de Havilland D.H.66 Hercules 3 1934 1943 UK
de Havilland D.H.80A Puss Moth 1 1939 19?? impressed
de Havilland D.H.82A Tiger Moth 675 1939 1958 UK/Australia
de Havilland D.H.83 Fox Moth ? 1939 19?? impressed
de Havilland D.H.84 Dragon 1 1939 19?? impressed
de Havilland D.H.85 Leopard Moth 7 1939 1943 impressed
de Havilland D.H.87 Hornet Moth 19 1939 1940 impressed
de Havilland D.H.89 Dragon Rapide 3 1939 19?? impressed
de Havilland D.H.89B Dominie 18 1941 19?? UK
de Havilland D.H.90 Dragonfly 3 1939 1940 impressed
de Havilland D.H.94 Moth Minor ? 1939 19?? impressed
de Havilland D.H.98 Mosquito II 2 1943 1945 UK
de Havilland D.H.98 Mosquito IV ? 1944 1945 UK
de Havilland D.H.98 Mosquito VI ? 1944 1945 UK
de Havilland D.H.98 Mosquito PR.IX 15 1944 1946 UK
de Havilland D.H.98 Mosquito PR.XIV ? 1944 1944 UK
de Havilland D.H.98 Mosquito PR.XVI 5 1944 1947 UK
de Havilland D.H.100 Vampire FB.5 10 1950 1960 UK
de Havilland D.H.100 Vampire FB.6 10 1951 1978 UK
de Havilland D.H.100 Vampire FB.9 30 1950 1979 UK
de Havilland D.H.100 Vampire FB.52 30 1953 1978 UK
de Havilland D.H.100 Vampire T.11 6 1952 1978 UK
de Havilland D.H.104 Dove/Devon C.1 9 1949 1964 UK
de Havilland D.H.114 Heron 2 2 1955 1962 UK
de Havilland D.H.115 Vampire T.55 20 1954 1978 UK
Denel Seeker 400 ? 19?? current South Africa
Desoutter Dolphin 1 1939 19?? impressed
Dornier Do 27B 2 1953 1962 W. Germany
Douglas C-47 Dakota 117 1943 1998 RAF/USA
Douglas C-47TP Turbo Dakota 32 1991 current ?
Douglas C-54A Skymaster/DC-4 8 1966 1994 USA
Douglas DB-7B Boston IIIA 18 1941 1943 RAF
English Electric Canberra T.4 3 1964 1991 UK
English Electric Canberra B(I).12 6 1964 1991 UK
Fairchild F-24 Argus III 1 1939 19?? impressed
Fairchild F-45 1 1939 19?? impressed
Fairey Battle I 340 1939 1942 RAF
Fiat CR.32 1 1941 1941 captured
Fiat CR.42 2 1941 1943 captured
Fiat G.50 ? 19?? 19?? captured
Fieseler Fi 156C-7 Storch 1 1946 1947 captured
Focke Wulf Fw 190 ? 19?? 19?? captured
General Aircraft ST-4 Monospar II 1 1939 19?? impressed
General Aircraft ST-25 Universal 1 1939 19?? impressed
Gloster AS.31 Survey 1 1935 1942 UK
Gloster Gauntlet I 6 1939 1943 UK
Gloster Gladiator I 1 1939 1940 UK
Gloster Gladiator II 30 1940 1941 UK
Gloster Meteor III 1 1946 1949 UK
Hawker Audax 80 1937 1944 UK
Hawker Fury I 22 1936 1942 UK
Hawker Fury II 31 1938 19?? UK
Hawker Hart 320 1936 1943 UK
Hawker Hartebeest I 69 1935 1946 UK/South Africa
Hawker Hind I 170 1938 19?? UK
Hawker Hurricane I 150 1939 1940 UK
Hawker Hurricane II 43 1939 1945 UK
Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S.50 16 1965 1991 UK
Hawker Siddeley H.S.125-400B Mercurius 8 1970 1999 UK
Junkers F.13 1 1939 1944 impressed
Junkers A50 Junior ? 1939 19?? impressed
Junkers Ju 52/3m 23 1939 1953 impressed
Junkers Ju 86K-1 1 1939 19?? impressed
Junkers Ju 86Z-1 7 1939 1942 impressed
Junkers Ju 86Z-5 10 1939 1942 impressed
Kentron Champion ? 1977 1996 South Africa
Kentron Seeker 1 ? 1986 2001 South Africa
Klemm Kl 25 ? 1939 19?? impressed
Koolhoven FK.46 ? 1939 19?? impressed
Lockheed C-130B Hercules 9 1963 current USA
Lockheed C-130F Hercules 3 1998 current US Navy
Lockheed 14 Super Electra 3 1939 19?? impressed
Lockheed 18 Lodestar 31 1940 1944 impressed
Lockheed Hudson I 1 1940 19?? RAF
Lockheed Ventura I 6 1942 1959 RAF
Lockheed Ventura II 135 1944 1959 RAF
Lockheed Ventura GR.V 134 1940 1960 RAF
Lockheed PV-1 Ventura 120 1944 1960 USA
Lockheed F-5A Lightning 3 1943 1943 loaned
Martin Baltimore I 6 1942 19?? RAF
Martin Baltimore II ? 1942 1943 RAF
Martin Baltimore IIA ? 1943 1943 RAF
Martin Baltimore III ? 1941 19?? RAF
Martin Baltimore IIIA 8 1943 1943 RAF
Martin Baltimore IV 12 1943 1945 RAF
Martin Baltimore V ? 1944 1944 RAF
Martin B-26A Marauder I ? 1942 19?? RAF
Martin B-26C Marauder II ? 1943 1944 RAF
Martin B-26F/G Marauder III 56 1943 1945 RAF
Martin Maryland I 148 1940 19?? RAF
Martin Maryland II ? 1940 1942 RAF
MBB BK117A 10 1994 current Tribal Homelands
Messerschmitt Bf 109F/Trop 1 19?? 19?? captured
Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-21MF ‘Fishbed’ 1 1988 19?? Angola AF?
Miles M.2H Hawk 1 1939 19?? impressed
Miles M.3B Falcon Six 1 1939 19?? impressed
Miles M.5 Sparrow Hawk 1 1939 19?? impressed
Miles M.14A Magister 7 1940 19?? impressed
Miles M.19 Master II/III 426 1941 1945 UK
North American AT-6/SNJ Harvard/Texan 744 1942 1995 UK/USA
North American P-51C Mustang ? 1945 1945 USA
North American P-51D Mustang 95 1944 1953 UK/USA
North American P-51K Mustang ? 1945 1945 USA
North American F-86F Sabre 22 1953 1953 USA
Northrop A-17A Nomad 57 1941 1944 USA
Patchen TSC-2 Explorer 1 1976 1979 USA
Percival P3 Gull Six 1 1940 19?? impressed
Piaggio P.166S Albatross 27 1969 1990 Italy
Pilatus PC-6 Porter 1 1994 1999 Tribal Homelands
Pilatus PC-7 Mk. II Astra 63 1994 current Switzerland
Pilatus PC-12 1 1997 current Switzerland
Piper J-3 Cub ? 1939 19?? impressed
Piper J-4A Cub Coupe 3 1939 19?? impressed
Piper PA-23 Aztec 3 2 1981 1992 USA
Piper PA-28 Cherokee 140 1 1980 1982 USA
Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a 24 1919 1931 UK
Rearwin 6000M Speedster ? 1939 19?? impressed
Rearwin 7000 Sportster 2 1939 19?? impressed
Rearwin 85000 Sportster 2 1939 19?? impressed
Rearwin 90000L Sportster 10 1939 19?? impressed
Ryan STA 3 1939 19?? impressed
SAAB JAS 39C Gripen 18 2008 current Sweden
SAAB JAS 39D Gripen 9 2008 current Sweden
Short Sunderland MR.V 9 1945 1957 UK
SIAI Marchetti S.73 1 1941 1944 captured
SIAI Marchetti S.79 2 1941 1943 captured
SIAI Marchetti S.81 Pipistrello 1 1942 1942 captured
Sikorsky S-51 3 1948 1968 USA
Sikorsky S-55C 3 1956 1968 USA
Simmonds Spartan 1 1925 1925 UK
Stinson HW-75/105 Voyager ? 1939 19?? impressed
Stinson SR-5A 1 1939 19?? impressed
Stinson SR-10F Reliant 1 1939 19?? impressed
Supermarine Spitfire VB/VC 60 1942 1944 RAF
Supermarine Spitfire F.VIII 6 1943 1944 RAF
Supermarine Spitfire IXA/B/C 139 1943 1954 RAF
Supermarine Spitfire F.IXE ? 1947 1954 UK
Swearingen SA226AT Merlin IVA 7 1975 1983 USA
Taylorcraft BC/BL ? 1939 19?? impressed
Tipsy S.2 Trainer 1 1939 19?? impressed
Transall C-160Z 9 1969 1993 France
Vickers Valentia 11 1940 1943 UK
Vickers Viscount 1 1958 1991 UK
Vickers Warwick GR.V 32 1945 1946 UK
Vickers Wellesley ? 1940 1941 UK
Vickers Wellington III ? 1942 1944 RAF
Vickers Wellington VIII ? 1942 1944 RAF
Vickers Wellington X ? 1942 1944 RAF
Vickers Wellingon XI ? 1942 1944 RAF
Vickers Wellingon XII ? 1942 1944 RAF
Vickers Wellingon XIII ? 1942 1944 RAF
Waco ? ? 19?? 19?? impressed
Westland Wapiti IB 4 1929 1939 UK
Westland Wapiti III 31 1931 1943 UK/South Africa

Current Order of Battle
South African Air Force

Squadron Type Base
Combat Systems Group
2 Squadron Gripen Makhado
85 Combat Flying School Hawk Makhado
Helicopter Systems Group
15 Squadron BK117, Oryx, A109 Durban IAP
15 Squadron – ‘C’ Flight BK117, A109 Port Elizabeth
16 Squadron Rooivalk Bloemspruit
17 Squadron Oryx, A109 Swartkop
19 Squadron Oryx, A109 Hoespruit
22 Squadron Oryx, Lynx Ysterplaat
87 Helicopter Flying School Oryx, BK117, A109 Bloemspruit
Transport and Maritime Systems Group
21 Squadron Citation, Falcon 50, Falcon 900, Boeing 737 Waterkloof
28 Squadron C-130 Waterkloof
35 Squadron C-47TP Ysterplaat
41 Squadron Cessna 208, King Air 200/300, PC-12 Waterkloof
44 Squadron C-212 Waterkloof
Test Flight & Development Centre various Overberg
Education, Training & Development Systems Group
Central Flying School PC-7 Langebaanweg
– Silver Falcons PC-7 Langebaanweg
SAAF Museum various

 

Eritrean Air Force

Operator Profile
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History

Narrative Summary

Eritrean gained its independence from Ethiopia in 1993. During the independence war, a number of aircraft and helicopters were captured from Ethiopia. In 1994 an Eritrean Air Force was formally established. The first equipment comprised former Ethiopian Air Force aircraft. To enable a full range of operational capabilities, transport aircraft were obtained from China and training aircraft from Finland and Italy. Following the acquisition of Su-27s by Ethiopia in 1998, a batch of MiG-29s was delivered to maintain military parity.

Key Dates

1994    Eritrean Air Force first established

Current Status

The Eritrean Air Force is fully operational.

Future Plans

To be added.

Markings

National Insignia

To be added.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The Eritrean Air Force serial numbering system normally consists of a three digit number plus the prefix ‘ERAF-‘ or ‘ER-‘. Trainer aircraft appear to carry no serial prefix. e.g. ER-102 for MiG-21, ERAF-301 for Mi-17 and 404 for MB339.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.

Aircraft

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

To be added.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Asmara.

Organisational Structure

The ErAF is organised into 8 Squadrons of aircraft.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

1 Squadron
2 Squadron
3 Squadron
4 Squadron
5 Squadron
6 Squadron
7 Squadron
8 Squadron

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

See current order of battle.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.

More Information

Books

African Air Forces by Winston Brent (Freeworld Publications)

World Air Forces Directory 2013/14 by Ian Carroll (Mach III)

Magazines

To be added.

Websites

Pictures of the Eritrean Air Force

wikipedia: Eritrean Air Force

Scramble: Eritrea