National Markings
Danish Army Aviation

    This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by Danish Army Aviation since its formation:




    Main MarkingFin Flash

    1971-2003
    The main marking was displayed on each side of the fuselage on helicopters. The Piper L-4 Cubs displayed the main marking in 6 positions (i.e. above and below each wing and on the fuselage sides). The fin flash was displayed on the fin. Army helicopters and aircraft did not carry service titles.

Danish Army Aviation

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The RDanAF began flying Piper L-4 Cubs for artillery spotting on behalf of the Army in 1957. A dedicated Army aviation unit was established 1971 for observation and liaison duties, flying the Piper L-4 and Hughes 500. In 1980 an anti-tank capability was added with the arrival of the Fennec. Vandel AB closed in 2003 and both helicopter units moved to Karup, combining to become Esk 724 under RDanAF control.

Key Dates

1957 AOP unit established by the RDanAF.
1971 Separate Army aviation unit established.
2003 Army aviation unit moves to Karup to become part of the RDanAF.

Current Status

In 2003 Army aviation was amalgamated into the RDanAF, and became Esk 724 at Karup.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

National Insignia

CurrentHistorical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Danish army aircraft used the same serialling system as the air force – a letter prefix and unique three figure number for each airframe.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

Four Bell UH-1H helicopters were offered by the USA in March 1996, but finally rejected in September 1997.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

PO Box 202, DK-2950 Vedbaek.

Organisational Structure

Army Aviation comprises one Battalion with two Companies.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

(The order of battle did not change between 1980 and 2003.
Table of the Order of Battle for 1995

All-Time Flying Units List

Observations-Helikopter Kompagni
Panservaerns-Helikopter Kompagni

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Until 2003 the main army helicopter base was at Vandel.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

World Air Power Journal No.1 p.134
Air International Feb 1995

Websites

Official Danish Army webpage

wikipedia: Royal Danish Army

airliners.net

Danish Piper Cubs

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.