Controlled by the Ministry of Armed Forces, the Gendarmerie Nationale is a very efficient paramilitary force with close links to the army. In wartime it would act as the Military Police. The first air unit was established on 6 May 1954. Aircraft are maintained by the Army on behalf of the Gendarmerie, and come under the control of the Groupement Central des Formations Aeriennes de la Gendarmerie (GCFAG).
|6 May 1954||Air Unit created.|
|1954||First helicopters received – AB.47G.|
The Gendarmerie helicopters are fully operational.
No plan known.
Gendarmerie helicopters have an overall medium blue colour scheme, with a white fuselage cheatline that extends to the end of the tailboom. The national marking, in the form of an Armee de l’Air style roundel, is displayed on the rear fuselage sides. No fin flash is carried. The service titles GENDARMERIE are displayed on the cabin door or lower forward fuselage. Also displayed are the Gendarmerie logo and the individual radio call letters of the particular helicopter.
Aircraft Serial Numbers
Gendarmerie aircraft and helicopters carry civil registrations in the F-MJxx and F-MCSx ranges, eg: AS.350B F-MJCU. Earlier registrations are reused as older types are withdrawn.
Coding system not used
None – Manufacturers designations used
Current Aircraft Inventory
All-Time Aircraft Used List
Aircraft NOT Used
False reports of aircraft on order or in service – none known.
Direction générale de la Gendarmerie nationale, Rue St Didier, Paris.
Sections Aeriennes de la Gendarmerie (SAG) comprise two or more helicopters. Detachements Aeriens de la Gendarmerie (DAG) normally comprise only one helicopter. Detachement Saisonnier (DSG) are seasonal detachments from the nearest main unit.
Current Unit Assignments
Historical Unit Assignments
All-Time Flying Units List
Current Air Bases
See organisation table above.
All-Time Air Bases Used List
French Aviation Bibliography – to be added
World Air Power Journal No.10 p.156