All-Time Aircraft Used List
Angolan Government

of the Angolan Government
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aero Commander 690A Commander 1 1981 1999 USA
Antonov An-26 ‘Curl’ 4 19?? 19?? USSR
Beech King Air 200 2 19?? 19?? USA
Boeing 707-300 1 1995 2006 ?
Boeing 727-100 1 1994 1994 ?
Cessna 172 5 1983 2006 France?
Dassault Falcon 20E 1 1976 1979 France
Fokker F.27-100 Friendship 1 1975 19?? Netherlands
Fokker F.27-200 Friendship 2 1975 1976 Netherlands
Fokker F.27-400M Friendship 1 1980 1983 Netherlands
Grumman Gulfstream III 1 1987 1998 USA
Lockheed L-100-20 Hercules 3 1977 1986 USA
Lockheed L-100-30 Hercules 2 1977 1990 USA
Aerospatiale AS 532 Super Puma 1 19?? 19?? France
Tupolev Tu-134A ‘Crusty’ 1 1978 1997 USSR
Yakovlev Yak-40FG ‘Codling’ 1 1976 2006 USSR

Katanga Government Aviation Unit

Operator Profile
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History

Narrative Summary

The former Belgian Congo was given independence on 30 June 1960, amid a prolonged period of political and economic upheaval. Very shortly afterwards, the Province of Katanga declared unilateral independence from the newly established Republic of Congo. The breakaway province took over many of the assets of the former colonial policing air arm, the Aviation de la Force Publique du Congo, and formed a new air arm, the Katanga Air Force. A few AFP aircraft were also used to establish a Katanga Government Aviation Unit, for the transport of supplies and government officials. Several additional civil aircraft were later impressed into government service. This page covers the non-military transport aircraft used by the Katanga Government. Katanga Air Force aircraft are covered elsewhere.

After the Congo government received substantial outside help, the rebels were put on the defensive and the Katangan capital Elisabethville was captured by pro-government forces on 30 December 1962. On 21 January 1963, the last rebel stronghold of Kolwezi surrendered, formally ending the war.

Key Dates

11 July 1960    Katanga Government Aviation Unit created
21 Jan 1963    Katanga surrenders

Current Status

The Katanga Government Aviation Unit was disbanded in January 1963.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

Special Markings

No special markings were carried. Aircraft normally retained their previous colour scheme.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Katangan Government aircraft retained their previous registration, or used the unofficial registration prefix ‘KA’, e.g. Heron KA-TUR.

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

A variety of semi-fictional airlines and aircraft operators were involved in smuggling weapons and equipment to the Katanga forces. These unofficial operations are not included here, only the officially operated aircraft.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

See individual aircraft histories.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Luano Airfield, Elisabethville.

Organisational Structure

Katanga Government Aviation was an ad-hoc entity that operated without much central organisation or structure. There were no subordinate units.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The main air base was Luano, but Kolwezi, Jadotville, Kisenge, Dilolo and Kipushi were also used.

More Information

Books

African Military Aviation by Winston A. Brent (Freeworld Publications, 1994)

African Air Forces by Winston Brent (Freeworld Publications, 1999)

Air Wars and Aircraft by Victor Flintham (Arms and Armour Press, 1989)

Magazines

To be added.

Websites

To be added.

All-Time Aircraft Used List
Katanga Government

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aero 45 1 1961 1961 ex-civil
Boeing YC-97 Stratofreighter 1 1961 1961 ex-civil
Cessna 310 2 1961 1962 ex-civil
de Havilland D.H.114 Heron 2 1 1960 1961 Force Publique
Douglas C-47 Dakota 2 1961 1962 ex-civil
Douglas DC-4/C-54 Skymaster 2 1963 1963 ex-civil

Biafran Government Aviation Unit

Operator Profile
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History

Narrative Summary

The Eastern Region of Nigeria announced its secession as the State of Biafra on 30 May 1967. Having no existing air transport, the Biafran Government was forced to obtain aircraft from abroad. These aircraft were delivered via a variety of legal and illegal means. During the civil war that erupted in July 1967, Biafran Government aircraft operated extensively, carrying equipment and personnel both within the country and importing equipment from abroad. This page covers the non-military transport aircraft used by the Biafran Government. Biafran Air Force aircraft are covered elsewhere.

In December 1969 Nigerian Federal forces launched a final offensive and Biafra surrendered in January 1970. Most airworthy aircraft fled abroad at this time.

Key Dates

July 1967    First aircraft obtained
July 1967    Biafran Government Aviation Unit created
13 Jan 1970    Biafra surrenders

Current Status

The Biafran Government Aviation Unit was disbanded in January 1970.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

Special Markings

No special markings were carried. Aircraft normally retained their previous colour scheme.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Biafran Government aircraft retained their previous registration, or used fictional registrations from neighbouring countries, e.g. L-1049 Constellation 5N-07G.

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

A variety of semi-fictional airlines and aircraft operators were involved in smuggling weapons and equipment to the Biafran forces. These unofficial operations are not included here, only the officially operated aircraft.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

See individual aircraft histories.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Biafran Government Aviation was initially centred at Enugu.

Organisational Structure

Biafran Government Aviation was an ad-hoc entity that operated without much central organisation or structure. There were no subordinate units.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The main air base was Enugu, but Port Harcourt, Orlu and Uli were also used.

More Information

Books

African Military Aviation by Winston A. Brent (Freeworld Publications, 1994)

African Air Forces by Winston Brent (Freeworld Publications, 1999)

Air Wars and Aircraft by Victor Flintham (Arms and Armour Press, 1989)

Shadows: Airlift and Airwar in Biafra and Nigeria 1967-1970 by Micheal I Draper (Hikoki Publications, 1999)

Magazines

To be added.

Websites

wikipedia: Biafra – Military

Biafra 1966

All-Time Aircraft Used List
Biafran Government

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
de Havilland DH.114 Heron 1 1967 1967 ex-civil
Douglas C-47 Dakota 6 1967 1968 various
Douglas DC-7 2 1967 1968 ex-civil
Hawker Siddeley H.S.125-1B 1 1968 19?? ?
Lockheed 649A Constellation 1 1968 1968 ex-civil
Lockheed 1049G Constellation 4 1967 1968 ex-civil
Piaggio P.149 1 1967 1968 ex-civil

Fleet List
Papua New Guinea Government Flying Unit

Click on aircraft type for more details.

Serial/Reg’n c/no. Type Fate
P2-ANW 218 Dassault Falcon 900EX current
P2-PNF 103 Gulfstream II to N833GA
P2-PNG 421B-0665 Cessna 412B Golden Eagle to VH-SQV
P2-PNG FL-79 Beech Super King Air 350 current
P2-PNH BB-415 Beech Super King Air 200 to P2-CAA

Cyprus Government

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Cyprus Government Aviation Unit was first established in 1967, when a single helicopter was acquired for VIP transport and liaison duties. The unit ceased to function after the Turkish invasion of the north of the country in 1974. The helicopter was retired and sold off.

In 1986 the Government Aviation Unit was re-established and a new helicopter acquired. A second, larger, helicopter was obtained in 1989. In 1992 this second machine was handed over to the Police Air Wing, and a year later the remaining helicopter was transferred to the Air Force. The Unit was then closed permanently.

Key Dates

1967    Aviation Unit first established.
1974    Government helicopter retired.
1986    Aviation Unit re-established.
1993    Aviation Unit disbanded.

Current Status

The Aviation Unit was disbanded in 1993.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

National Insignia

The national flag is carried as a fin flash. No service titles were carried.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

All Government helicopters carried Cypriot civil registrations in the 5B-xxx series, e.g. 5B-ICL.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Click on aircraft type for more details
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III119861993USA
Bell 412SP119891992USA
Fairchild Hiller FH-1100119671974USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Cyprus Government Aviation Unit, Nicosia.

Organisational Structure

The Government Aviation Unit had no sub-ordinate units.

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

All helicopters were based at Nicosia Airport.

More Information

Books

Cyprus Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

Militair 1982 (Aviation Press) p.52
European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Mach III)

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

Bell 412SP

in Cyprus Government service

History

One Bell 412SP delivered in 1989. Used for VIP transport duties. Transferred to Cyprus Police in 1992.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
5B-CPB 33202 N3216P 1989 to Cyprus Police 1992 as CP-2

Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

  • European Air Forces Directory 2003/04 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2005/06 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

Fairchild Hiller FH-1100

in Cyprus Government service

History

In 1967 the Cyprus Government acquired a single Fairchild Hiller FH-1100 helicopter for official transport and liaison purposes. It was operated by military personnel for obvious logistic reasons, and was the predecessor to the Bell-206L. Light, cheap to operate and easy to maintain. The aircraft was sold to a private buyer after its service ended, and broken up for spares sometime after 1974.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
5B-CAN 039   June 1967 wfu ? date

Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

  • Militair 1982 (Aviation Press) p.52

Other Sources

To be added.