Bosnia and Herzegovina Government Aviation Unit

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Soon after independence in 1992 the Bosniak (Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina) Government began operating aircraft for VIP transport. The semi-independent Republika Srpska also formed its own separate Government Aviaton Unit. The Bosniak unit appears to have closed down in 2002.

Key Dates

1992 Bosniak Government Aviation Unit first established.
2002 Bosniak Government Aviation Unit closed down.

Current Status

The Government Aviation Unit was used primarily for transporting VIPs to international meetings. It appears to have closed down in 2002.

Future Plans

None known.

Markings

National Insignia

Bosniak Government aircraft retained the colours of the charter operator.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

All Bosnian government aircraft carried civil registrations in the BH-xxx or T9-xxx series.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Cessna 500 Citation I 1 1992 2000 ex-JRV
Cessna 550 Citation II* 1 ? 2002 contractor

* operated by Air Bosna on behalf of the Bosniak government.

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service – none known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

To be added.

Organisational Structure

All aircraft were operated by the Government Aviation Unit.

Current Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The aircraft were based at Sarajevo Airport.

More Information

Books

Bosnia and Hercegovina Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

To be added.

 

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

 

Republika Srpska Government Aviation Unit

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Soon after independence in 1992 the Bosnian Serb (Republika Srpska) Government began operating aircraft for VIP transport.

Key Dates

1992 Bosnian Serb Government Aviation Unit established.

Current Status

The Government Aviation Unit is used primarily to transport VIPs to international meetings.

Future Plans

None known.

Markings

National Insignia

Bosnian Serb Government aircraft carry the red and white shield insignia of the Bosnian Serbs on the fuselage, and the national flag on the fin. Serb aircraft also the country title ‘Republic of Srpska’ in English on the starboard side of the fuselage and in Serbian on the port side.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

All government aircraft carry civilian registrations in the T9-xxx or, more recently, the E7-xxx series.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Cessna 500 Citation I 1 1 0 VIP Transport
Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1+ 1 1 0 VIP Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Cessna 500 Citation I 1 1992 current Yugoslavia
Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1+ 1 2008 current USA

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service – none known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

To be added.

Organisational Structure

All aircraft are operated by the Government Aviation Unit.

Current Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The aircraft are based at Banja Luka.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

Bosnia and Hercegovina Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

airliners.net
airliners.net

 

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina Key Dates

1463    Kingdom of Bosnia conquered by Ottoman Empire.
1878    Bosnia and Herzegovina mandated to Austrian rule.
1908    Bosnia and Herzegovina annexed by Austria.
1918    Bosnia and Herzegovina incorporated into Yugoslavia.
10 April 1941    Bosnia and Herzegovina becomes part of Independent State of Croatia.
1945    Bosnia and Herzegovina incorporated into a reformed Yugoslavia.
November 1990    Non-communist government was elected for the first time.
9 January 1992    Serbian Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina established.
March 1992    Start of civil war.
6 April 1992    Independence from Yugoslavia as Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
August 1992    Republika Srpska established.
December 1995    End of civil war.
1995    Country renamed Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bosnia and Herzegovina National History


The former Ottoman territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina was mandated to the Austrian portion of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1878. Austria formally annexed the territory in 1908. In 1914 a Bosnian-Serb terrorist assassinated the heir to the Austrian throne in Sarajevo, sparking off the First World War. From 1918 to 1941, the territory was denied any autonomy within the new Serb-dominated Yugoslavia. During World War Two the country was part of the Facist state called the Independent State of Croatia. After 1945, a communist ruled Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina was developed within the federal structure of the new Yugoslavia.

In 1990, a non-communist government was elected for the first time. Independence from Yugoslavia was formally recognised on 6 April 1992. In the meantime, Serb and Croat nationalists had initiated a civil war, which saw many driven from their homes in the name of ‘ethnic cleansing’. Bosnian government forces (which included troops of Moslem, Croat and Serb ethnic origin), together with NATO air power, forced a ceasefire in 1995, which was later turned into a multi-national peace agreement known as the Dayton Peace Accord. While NATO forces monitored the transition, the peace agreement partitioned Bosnia into a Moslem/Croat dominated region and a Serb dominated region. The former is known as the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, while the Serb region is known as the Republika Srpska. The unifying entity is known as the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The prefix ‘Republic of’ was dropped under the 1995 agreement.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Country Profile

The Country

Geography

Bosnia and Herzegovina is situated in the western part of the Balkan Peninsula. It is bordered by Croatia to the north and west, Serbia to the east and Montenegro to the south east. There is a short coastal strip on the Adriatic Sea, only a few miles long.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is a mountainous country, with the Dinaric Alps running along the western border with Croatia and further mountain ranges inland which extend to the Serbian border. In contrast, the northern border with Croatia is relatively low-lying and fertile. The total land area is 51,130 sq km (19,741 sq miles).
The Population of 4 million (2000 figure) comprises 44% of ethnic Bosnian origin, 31% Serbian, 17% Croat and 8% other ethnic groups. Some 40% of the people are Muslim, 31% Serbian Orthodox, 15% Roman Catholic, 4% Protestant and 10% other faiths. The capital city is Sarajevo.
Following the 1992-1995 War, the Bosnian state was partitioned into two separate autonomous regions, a Moslem/Croat dominated region called the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and a Serb dominated region called the Republika Srpska.

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National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Bosnia and Herzegovina History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Bosnia-Hercegovina
wikipedia: Bosnia and Herzegovina
wikipedia: History of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Aviation

Text to be added on the development of aviation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Markings

Civil Aircraft Registrations

Just after independence in 1992, Bosnian civil aircraft were registed in the BH-xxx series, but in May 1993 moved to a new officially allocated series commencing T9-AAA onwards. From 8 August 2007 the country prefix for Bosnia and Herzegovina in aviation changed from T9 to E7.

All-time Bosnia Herzegovina – civil aircraft register (T9-aaa E7-aaa)
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Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Current military air arms-
Air Force (Air Force and Anti-Aircraft Defence of Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Historical military air arms-
Air Force (Army of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina) [1992-2006]
Air Force (Republika Srpska Air Force) [1992-2006]

Central Government Agencies

Government Aviation (BiH Government Aviation Unit) [1992-2002]
Government Aviation (Republika Srpska Government Aviation Unit)
Border Guard Aviation (Grani─Źna policija/Border Police of Bosnia and Herzegovina – no aviation unit)

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation – no public EMS aviation unit in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina region at the moment
Medical/Police Aviation (Helicopter Service of the Republic of Srpska)
Police Aviation (State Investigation and Protection Agency – uses Air Force helicopters)
Police Aviation (Bosna i Hercegovina Policija)
Police Aviation (Republika Srpska Ministry of the Interior – helicopters are operated by the Helicopter Service of RS)

Commercial Aviation

Air Bosna [1994-2003]
Air Srpska
B&H Airlines

wikipedia: Airlines of Bosnia and Herzegovina
The World’s Airlines: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Private Aviation

To be added.

Industry

Aircraft Manufacturers

SOKO

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.

Airfields

Civil Airports & Airfields

Airports in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

On Show

Aviation Museums

Historijski Muzej Bosne i Hercegovine

Airshow Dates

Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

No aviation magazines known.

Aviation Bibliography

Bosnian Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Web Links

Aviation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina Aviation Forum