Austrian Air Force

Operator Profile


Narrative Summary

Following the breakup of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a German-Austrian Flying Troop (Deutschösterreichische Fliegertruppe) was founded as an air policing service, with ex-wartime crews and aircraft. In 1919 the DF was ordered to be disbanded by the Allied Control Commission. On 1 April 1936 the Austrian Republic regained full sovereignty, although it was still prohibited from having any military aircraft. Even so, the Austrian Army quickly set up an Air Force. On 13 March 1938 Austria was incorporated into Germany, and the Air Force merged with the Luftwaffe. On 15 May 1955 Austria was re-established as a sovereign state. The present Air Force was formed in the same year.

Key Dates:
13 September 1955    Army air section formed
9 December 1955    Austrian Air Force re-established
1956    First helicopters received – AB47G
1957    First jet aircraft delivered – Vampire T.55

Current Status

To be added

Future Plans

A replacement for the Eurofighter Typhoon may be obtained, which could also replace the SAAB 105s.


National Insignia

National Markings

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Austrian aircraft serials are number/letter codes, where the first combination appears to indicate the aircraft type, and the second combination is the individual identity, eg: AB212 serial 5D-HB. The type codes are reused when an aircraft type is retired. Fighter aircraft (except the Typhoon) use a coloured letter system, where the colour indicates the parent squadron of the 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

False reports of aircraft on order or in service


Main Headquarters

Ministry of Defence, Hütteldorfstrasse 126, Vienna A-1142.

Organisational Structure

The air force is organised into three Kommando (Commands) – Air Surveillance, Training and Air Support – each comprising one or two Wings with between two and four Squadrons each.

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 Tulln/Langenlebarn, Zeltweg, Aigen im Ennstal and Linz/Horsching. In addition, aircraft are detached from the parent units to another two air bases.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

In addition to the main bases, there 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


Austrian Military Aviation Bibliography – to be added.


World Air Power Journal No.5 p.141
World Air Power Journal No.15 p.120
Air Forces Research Nos.2 and 3
Air International July 1995
Air Forces Monthly August 1997


Austrian Air Force Photo Feature

The Official Austrian Air Force Website

wikipedia: Austrian Air Force Luftstreitkräfte (Bundesheer)

Scramble: Austrian Air Force

National Markings
Austrian Air Force

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the Austrian Air Force since its formation:

Main Marking

The main marking is displayed on the fuselage sides of the helicopters, and in the standard six positions on aircraft. A fin flash is not carried. Aircraft do not carry service titles.

Aircraft Not Used
Austrian Air Force

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

British Aerospace BAe 146-200QT
Demonstrator G-BSTA was due to be leased to Austria in 1991, and was painted up in OLk colours, but the sale was cancelled at the last minute.

Grumman Gulfstream I
One Gulfstream I was reportedly operated by the Austrian Government in 1971, but it did not enter OLk service.

Current Order of Battle
Austrian Air Force

Squadron Type Base
Kommando Luftraumuberwachung
1 Abfangjagerstaffeln Typhoon Zeltweg
2 Abfangjagerstaffeln Typhoon Zeltweg
Dusentrainerstaffel SAAB 105ÖE Linz/Horsching
Kommando Schule
Flieger und Fliegerabwehrtruppenschule
Lehrabteilung Flache Pilatus PC-7 Zeltweg
Lehrabteilung Hubschrauber Alouette III Tulln
Kommando Luftunterstutzung
Mittlere Transporthubschrauberstaffel S-70A-42 Tulln/Langenlebarn
Mehrzweckhubschrauberstaffel OH-58B Tulln/Langenlebarn
Leichten Lufttransportstaffel PC-6BB Tulln/Langenlebarn
Luftaufklarngsstaffel OH-58B, PC-6B Tulln/Langenlebarn
1 Leichte Transporthubschrauberstaffel AB212 Linz/Horsching
2 Leichte Transporthubschrauberstaffel AB212 Linz/Horsching
Lufttransportstaffel C-130K Linz/Horsching
Mehrzweckhubschrauberstaffel Alouette III Aigen im Ennstal
Hubschrauberstutzpunkt Klagenfurt Alouette III Klagenfurt
Hubschrauberstutzpunkt Schwaz Alouette III Schwaz

Note: Stutzpunkt = Detachment


All-Time Aircraft Used List
Austrian Air Force

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Agusta-Bell AB47G-2 10 1956 1969 Italy
Agusta AB204B 26 1963 2001 Italy
Agusta AB206A JetRanger 13 1969 current Italy
Agusta AB212 24 1980 current Italy
Bell OH-13H Sioux 18 1960 1976 USA
Bell OH-58B Kiowa 12 1976 current USA
CASA CN.235-300 1 2000 2002 Spain
Cessna 172 Skyhawk 1 1957 1958 USA
Cessna 182 Skylane 2 1957 1965 USA
Cessna L-19A Bird Dog 25 1958 1997 USA
Cessna L-19E Bird Dog 7 1958 1997 USA
de Havilland Vampire T.55 9 1957 1972 UK
De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver 6 1960 1976 Canada
Eurofighter Typhoon 15 2008 current Germany
Fiat G.46-4B 5 1957 1963 Italy
Fouga CM.170 Magister 18 1959 1972 France
Grunau Baby 1 1960 1960 Germany
Lockheed C-130K Hercules 3 2003 current RAF
North American LT-6G Texan 10 1959 1971? USA
Northrop F-5E Tiger II 12 2004 2008 Switzerland
Piaggio P.149D 1 1958 1965 Italy
Pilatus PC-6/B2H2 Turbo Porter 13 1975 current Switzerland
Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer 16 1983 current Switzerland
Piper L-18 Super Cub 10 1957 1965 USA
SAAB B 17A 1 1957 1963 Sweden
SAAB J 29F Tunnan 30 1961 1972 Sweden
SAAB J 35Oe Draken 28 1988 2005 Sweden
SAAB 91D safir 24 1964 1992 Sweden
SAAB 105Oe 40 1970 current Sweden
Short Skyvan 3M 2 1969 2007 UK
Sikorsky S-65Oe 2 1970 1981 USA
Sikorsky S-70A Black Hawk 9 2002 current USA
Sud Aviation SE 3130 Alouette II 16 1958 1975 France
Sud Aviation SA 316B Alouette III 28 1967 current France
Westland Whirlwind 2 10 1958 1965 UK
Yakovlev Yak-11 Moose 4 1956 1965 USSR
Yakovlev Yak-18 Max 4 1955 1960 USSR
Zlin Z.126 4 1957 1965 Czechoslovakia

Additional information is welcome

Current Aircraft Inventory
Austrian Air Force

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Agusta Bell AB206A 13 11 0 Training/Liaison
Agusta Bell AB212 24 21 0 Utility/Liaison
Bell OH-58B Kiowa 12 11 0 AOP/Liaison
Bell 212 1 1 0 Utility/Liaison
Eurofighter Typhoon 15 15 0 Interception
Lockheed C-130K Hercules 3 3 0 Transport
Pilatus PC-6/B2H2 14 8 0 Transport
Pilatus PC-7 Turbo-Trainer 16 13 0 Training
SAAB 105ÖE 40 20 0 Int./Attack/Training
Sikorsky S-70A-42 (UH-60L) Black Hawk 9 9 0 Utility/SAR
Sud Aviation SA 316 Alouette III 28 24 0 SAR/Liaison


Panorama / Modell Panorama – Contents Listing

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Vol.1 No.1 March 1974
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Vol.5 No.1 March 1979
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Vol.5 No.4 December 1979
GMC Trucks; M47 tank
Vol.6 No.1 January 1980
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Vol.6 No.3 May 1980
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Vol.6 No.4 July 1980
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Vol.6 No.5 September 1980
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Vol.6 No.6 6/1980
Sikorsky S-61A1 Royal Danish Airforce (2 pages drwgs) [36 pages]
Vol.7 No.1 March 1981
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Vol.7 No.2 2/1981
Die Jets des Artem Iwanowitsch Mikojan, Teil 1 Die MiG-9 (3 pages drwgs); Alouette III im Detail (5 pages drwgs of details ); SAAB 91 Safir (photos) [36 pages]
Vol.7 No.3 3/1981
Vienna fire trucks [36 pages]
Vol.7 No.4 4/1981
Heinkel He 112 (4 pages tone drwgs); SAAB Safir im Focus (photos) [36 pages]
Vol.7 No.5-6 5-6/1981
Texan-Harvard (11 tone profiles); Die Jets des Artem Iwanowitsch Mikojan: MiG-15 (3 pages 1/72 scale drwgs, 10 tone profiles)[52 pages]
Vol.8 No.1 March 1982
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Vol.8 No.3 September 1982
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Vol.8 No.4 December 1982
Die Wolkenquirler der Osterreichischen Luftstreitkrafte – aus ‘Bella Italia’ und den USA Der Sonderfall 212 (9 pages of sketches of details) [36 pages]
Vol.8 No.5 1982
Der wendigste aller Kampffalken F-16 Fighting Facon (close-up photos, 7 pages tone drwgs) [36 pages]
Vol.8 No.6 1982
Swissair (photos) [36 pages]
Vol.9 No.1 March 1983
Die Jets des Artem Iwanowitsch Mikoyan: Part 3 MiG-15 (23 tone profiles) [36 pages]
Vol.9 No.2 June 1983
Die Personlichen Markierungen der Osterreichisch-Ungarischen Fliegertruppen – 1. Teil (photos of personal markings) [36 pages]
Vol.9 No.3 September 1983
Die Constellation Story (civil a/c photos); Turbo-Porter (3-view drwg) [36 pages]
Vol.9 No.4 December 1983
Die Personlichen Markierungen der Osterreichisch-Ungarischen Fliegertruppen – II. Teil (photos of personal markings); Die Luftwaffe der Republik Singapur (photos) [36 pages]
Vol.10 No.1 March 1984
Die Jets des Artem Iwanowitsch Mikojan: Teil 4 – MiG-17 (II) (21 tone profiles, variant detail drwgs, Lim-5M 3-view drwg); MiG-21MF (detail drwgs) [36 pages]
Vol.10 No.2 June 1984
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Vol.10 No.3 September 1984
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Vol.10 No.4 December 1984
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Vol.11 No.1 March 1985
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Vol.11 No.2 June 1985
Mikojan-Gurewitsch MiG-17 (7 tone profiles); 30 Jahre Bundesheer (Austrian T-34); Die Rhodesische Armee im Buschkrieg 1973-1980 (uniforms and insignia) [36 pages]
Vol.11 No.3-4 September/December 1985
15 US Luftflotte uber Osterreich (USAAF 15th Air Force, 8 tone profiles); Meridionali R?omeo Ro 37 (Austrian use, 1/72 scale 6-view drwg) [36 pages]
Vol.12 No.1 March 1986
Die Lockheed C-130 Hercules im Modell (4 tone profiles); B-57 Canberra (8 tone profiles, 2 pages interior detail) [36 pages]
Vol.12 No.2 June 1986
MiG-19 (1/72 scale 4-view drwg) [36 pages]
Vol.12 No.3 September 1986
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Vol.12 No.4 December 1986
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Vol.13 No.1 March 1987
MiG-19: Part 2 (1 page scale drwgs); SAAB 105 (Austrian, photos) [32 pages]
Vol.13 No.2 June 1987
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Vol.25 No.4 December 1999
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Vol.26 No.1 March 2000
IPMS Intern; IPMS-Modellxxxx 1999; Fiat CR.20 in Oestereich; Modelle im Fadenkreuz; Piasecky/Vertol H-21
Vol.26 No.2 June 2000
IPMS Infos; Im Fadenkreuz; Werk Platzwiese; Fiat CR.20 Baubericht; Wiederentdeckt; Fotoarchiv; Im Trend; Agusta Bell AB-204B
Vol.26 No.3 September 2000
Grosser Farbbericht: Air Power 2000; IPMS Infos; Und Feuer wird von Himmel tallen; Ganz England ist ein Museum (4); Im Fadenkreuz; Tips & Tricks
Vol.26 No.4 December 2000
‘Der Bunte Fredi’; IPMS Infos; Witterwerb 2000; Was Sie Schon immer uber den Panzer II wissen wolten…; Im Fadenkreuz; Scale Modelworld 2000
Vol.27 No.1 March 2001
Modellfotografie; IPMS Infos; Jugene-Modellbautag; Westland S-55 ‘Whirlwind’; Rallye in Oesterreich; Was Sie schon immer uber den Panzer II wissen wolten…; Im Fadenkreuz
Vol.27 No.2 June 2001
Truppenbesuch in Zeltweg; IPMS Infos; das allererste Panorama; Modellbauwetibewerb in Umgarn; Westland S-55 ‘Whirlwind’ Teil 2; Vorschau Model-Foto-Workshop; P-51 Mustang baubericht; …wiederentdeckt; Im Fadenkreuz; Tipps & Tricks
Vol.27 No.3 September 2001
‘CaiNo informationBell a’ AB-204B 1963-2001; IPMS Infos; Tipps & Tricks; Wettbewerbe 2001; S-55 ‘Whirlwind’ Teil 3; Dioramen – heil mit Eis; Ju 288 von Huma; Im Fadenkreuz
Vol.27 No.4 December 2001
Modellfoto-Workshop; IPMS Intern; Tipps und Tricks; Gunfight at the O.K.-Coral; Scale Modelworld 2001; Airshow in Klagenfurt; Westland S-55 Teil 4; Aviatik Berg D.I; Im Fadenkreuz
Vol.28 No.1 April 2002
IPMS Intern; Tips & Tricks; EC-135 ÖAMTC; Heinkel He 177A5; Sd.Kfz.8 Canada; Viva Italia; Modellkritiken; Farbrisse RNo information37; Baubericht LAV-25 Tua
Vol.28 No.2 June 2002
IPMS Intern; Tips & Tricks; Duxford & Handon Museumsbesuche in England; Short SC-7 3M Skyvan zur wiederauflage des Airfix-Bausatzes; Spotlight; Akte X – Bell X-2 Austria /Canada; Wettbewerb in Mosomágyárovar; German Model Masters 2002
Vol.28 No.3 September 2002
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Vol.30 No.1 March 2004
Flugblätter über Wien – Ansaldo SVA5, Spin 1:48; Boulton Paul Defiant, Airfix 1:72; Akte X – Heinkel He 176; Königstiger, Tamiya 1:35; Renault R35, Heller 1:35; Aus der Vitrine – Trucks 1:24; Kilo-Class U-Boot, Trumpeter 1:144; IPMS Unterwegs – Hendon & Duxford, Abgestürzt.
Vol.30 No.2 June 2004
Schlachtschiff Bismarck, Academy 1:350; Zivilluftfahrt – wo brauch ma des?; Me 109 G-6, Trumpeter 1:24; B-2A Spirit, Revell 1:144; Akte X – Ju 287, Huma 1:72; Spähpanzer BRDM-1, Arsenal (Eastern Express) 1:35; Search & Destroy – Diorama 1:35; Kübelwagen, Tamiya 1:35; Aus der Vitrine – Panzer 1:35; Zeltweg Teil 1, Motorsportgeschichte in Österreich; Modellbau macht Spaß?; IPMS Unterwegs – Mosonmagyrovar, Koprivnice; Tipps& Tricks: RLM-Töne aus Revell-Farben.
Vol.30 No.3 September 2004
Tiger über Österreich, F-5E Teil 1, Original und Risse; Akte X – Campini Caproni, Delta2 1:72; Zeltweg Teil 2, Jochen Rindt, Lotus 25, Tamiya 1:20 & Ferrari 128, CG 1:24; Panzerjäger Achilles, Academy 1:35; T-72B, Zvezda 1:35; Boeing 707 – die Versionen; Die K.u.K. U-Boote der Hollandklasse; U-5 in Resin, Wiener Modellbau Manufactur 1:72; Baron von Trapp, Wiener Modellbau Manufactur 1:32; IPMS Unterwegs – Modellbrno; Tipps& Tricks: Wie bastelt man eine Palme.
Vol.30 No.4 December 2004
Zeltweg Teil 3, Jochen Rindt, Airfix 1:32 & Fujimi 1:24; Jagdpanther SdKfz. 173, Tamiya & Revell 1:35; SIG33 auf Panzer I Ausf. B, Umbau 1:35; Sherman M4A3 in Wintertarnung, Italeri 1:35; Tiger über Österreich – F-5E Teil 2, Italeri 1:72; Concorde, Original und Bausatz Heller 1:72; Hafenschlepper Lucky XI, Revell 1:108; Drakkar Oseberg, Heller 1:180; Cryptkeeper, die Figur, Halcyon 1.4; IPMS Unterwegs – Modellbaumesse, Euro-Modell, Ternitz, Telford; Tipps& Tricks: Lackiertechniken
Vol.31 No.1 March 2005
Eye of the Storm – Hurricane, Hasegawa 1:48; Ju 87 G-2, Hasegawa 1:48; Bf 109 E-7 Trop, Tamiya 1:48; MiG-21MF, Fujimi 1:72; Sky, die Farbe des Himmels; Strike – Schiffsdiorama Teil 1, 1:72; Challenger 2, Tamiya 1:35; M40 GMC Long Tom, Matchbox 1:76; Diorama aus Vynil, Academy 1:35; Mercedes Benz 300SEL, Provence Moulage 1:43; IPMS Unterwegs – Scale Model World, Telford; Tipps & Tricks : Bemalen von Panzern, Abdeckfolien statt Decals, Bare Metal Foil anders genutzt
Vol.31 No.2 June 2005
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Vol.31 No.3 September 2005
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Vol.31 No.4 December 2005
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Vol.35 No.1 March 2009
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Vol.35 No.3 September 2009
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Vol.35 No.4 December 2009
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Modell Panorama

Aviation-related Magazines Guide

Previously known simply as ‘Panorama’, the official IPMS-Austria magazine was redesigned and relaunched in 2009 as ‘Modell Panorama’. It now carries the straightforward subtitle Das Modellbaumagazin.

A well produced quarterly scale plastic modelling magazine, printed on glossy paper with many colour photographs. Line and colour scheme drawings are also included. The contents typically includes 64 pages of branch news, hints & tips and feature articles on AFVs, vehicles and aircraft, often with a particular attention to markings and Austrian use.

Further information:
IPMS Austria

[*] Contents Listing, Vol.1 No.1 – Present


Aviation-related Magazines Guide

‘FlightXPress’ was a monthly magazine about flight simulation on the PC. Produced in Austria, it was also circulated widely in Germany and Switzerland. The first edition appeared in January 1999. The subtitle was Das führende Magazin für flugsimulation und mehr.

Typical contents comprised news, software & hardware reviews, flights you can try, flying technical issues, virtual airline reports etc. A double-sided poster was often included.

In 2007 the publisher was taken over by a Luxembourg company, which replaced the editorial team. The result was a major redesign of the magazine. In 2010 the publisher encountered financial difficulties and stopped producing the magazine. The magazine was revived in 2011 under the new name ‘Flight!!.

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Aviation-related Magazines Guide

‘AustroFlug’ was a leisure flying magazine published by the Österreichischer Aero-Club. It initially bore the subtitle Zeitschrift für den Österreichischen Flugsport, and 7 monthly issues appeared during the first year of publication – 1951.
There were about 16 pages in each issue.

The magazine initially only covered private and sport flying, as well as gliding. In subsequent years, the editorial scope expanded to also include general interest commercial, military and spaceflight topics, as reflected in changes to the sub-title. In 1953 the subtitle was changed slightly to Zeitschrift für die österreichische Luftfahrt. By 1958 the subtitle had changed to Die Luftfahrtzeitschrift Österreichs and in 1977 changed again to Die Luft- und Raumfahrtzeitschrift Österreichs.

The magazine closed in 1994 after some 43 years of publishing. Later issues were produced by Europublica Verlag.

Further information:
To be added.