Costa Rican Air Force

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Military aviation started in 1947 as Fuerza Aérea Costarricense, when the government bought two P-38L, one A-24B and one B-18B. But it was only about June 1950, when the last of these aircraft was sold and the Air Force stopped to exist. Last combat operations with some Mustang fighter aircraft were in 1955 during hostilities with Nicaraguan-supported expatriates. But after the end of the fighting all aircraft were written off.

Key Dates

1947    Fuerza Aérea Costarricense was formed.
1955    Last combat operations with F-51D Mustang.

Current Status

Not applicable.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

National Insignia

National Markings

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The civilian registration prefix TI was used until 1994.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None.

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters:
San Jose

Organisational Structure

To be added.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Military Air Bases Listing

More Information

Books

None.

Magazines:

None.

Websites:

Scramble: Costa Rica Air Arm

National Markings
Costa Rican Air Force

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

                                  
                               Main Marking                            

1947-1948
The main marking is displayed in 4 positions (ie above and below each wing, and on each side of the fuselage) of aircraft.

Air Bases and Airfields

of the Costa Rican Air Force & Security Force

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This page gives details of the air bases and airfields which were or are used by the Costa Rican Air Force and its successors.

Douglas A-24B Dauntless

in Costa Rican Air Force service

History

No unit allocation is known.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
GCR-3 n/a n/a 1948 crashed 1948


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

  • Central American and Caribbean Air Forces (Daniel Hagedorn)

Other Sources

To be added.

Douglas B-18B Bolo

in Costa Rican Air Force service

History

No unit allocation is known.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
TI-205 n/a NC67852, GCR-5 1948 sold in 7.1949


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

  • Central American and Caribbean Air Forces (Daniel Hagedorn)

Other Sources

To be added.

North American AT-6 Texan

in Costa Rican Air Force service

History

No unit allocation is known.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
GCR-4 n/a n/a 1948 sold 6.1950


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

  • Central American and Caribbean Air Forces (Daniel Hagedorn)

Other Sources

To be added.

Cessna 180B

in Costa Rican Civil Guard service

History

Used by Escuadrilla de Communicaciones.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
TI-SPA 50416 TI-506SP, TI-292, N5116E 1954 wfu sold as C-GGOJ 5.1980


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

  • Latin-American Military Aviation (John Andrade)

Other Sources

To be added.

Beech C-45F

in Costa Rican Civil Guard service

History

Used by the Escuadrilla de Communicaciones.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
TI-505SP n/a n/a 1950 wfu


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

  • Latin-American Military Aviation (John Andrade)

Other Sources

To be added.

North American F-51D Mustang

in Costa Rican Civil Guard service

History

No unit allocation is known. Costa Rica received these aircraft from the USA to counter an invasion of Nicaraguan-supported rebels in 1955.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
1 122-39652 44-73193 1955 wfu sold in 1964
2 122-39798 44-73339 16.1.1955 shot down on 19.1.1955
3 124-48139 45-11386 1955 crashed on 22.1.1956
4 122-41482 44-74978 1955 wfu sold as N6169U in 1964


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

  • Latin-American Military Aviation (John Andrade)

Other Sources

To be added.