Bell 205A
in Jamaican Defence Force service

History

Used by 2. Flight in the utility transport role.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
JDF H-9 n/a   8.1974 wfu in 1975
JDF H-10 n/a   8.1974 wfu in 1975
JDF H-11 n/a   8.1974 wfu in 1975
JDF H-12 n/a   8.1974 wfu in 1975


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

  • Scramble 389, October 2011, p.127-132

Other Sources

To be added.

Diamond DA-42NG Diamond Star
in Jamaican Defence Force service

History

Used by the Jamaica Military Aviation School. DA42 is actually the Twin Star.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
JDF T-9 42.NC007   5.5.2013  


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

  • Scramble 415, December 2013, p. 91

Other Sources

To be added.

Rockwell Commander 695A
in Jamaican Defence Force service

History

Used by 1. Flight in the fishery patrol, anti-narcotics and SAR role.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
JDF T-8 96077 HK-3192W 16.1.2004 sold as N695DA in 9.2006


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

  • Scramble 389, October 2011, p. 127-132

Other Sources

To be added.

National Markings
Jamaican Defence Force

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the Jamaican Defence Force since its formation:


                                  
                               Main Marking                              Fin Flash

1963-Present
The main marking is displayed in 2 positions on the fuselage sides of aircraft and helicopters. The fin flash is displayed on the tailfin. 

Up Park Camp

Airfield Profile

Ownership

Operator: Jamaican Defence Force.

Location

Address: Not known.

Nearest Town/City: to be added.

  Latitude Longitude
Deg. Min. Sec. S 25° 14′ 23.00″ W 057° 31′ 09.00″
Decimal N 17.98834794590218° E -76.77561521530151°

Elevation: 3 m/10 ft

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History

Name Changes

?? – Present

Narrative Summary

The JDF Air Wing was established in January 1963 and its location in Up Park Camp required the establishing of an airstrip on part of the Polo Grounds. Today Up Park Camp occupies a total of 90 hectares of land and houses all units of the JDF except the JDF Coast Guard and the fixed wing aircraft

Key Dates

??    Formal opening of the base

Runways

Direction Length Width Surface
Metres (m) Feet (ft) Metres (m) Feet (ft)
??/?? 366 1201 ? ? Grass

Residents

The following organisations are, or were, permanently based at this location:

Based Military Units

Jamaican Defence Force

Based Civilian Operators

To be added.

Photo Gallery

To be added.

More Information

Books

None known

Magazines

Feature articles to be added.

Websites

http://wikimapia.org/18906197/es/Base-A%C3%A9rea-%C3%91U-GUAZU

Disclaimer: Information is provided on this page for historical purposes only, and not for aerial navigation.

Norman Manley IAP

Airfield Profile

Ownership

Operator: Jamaican Defence Force.

Location

Address: Not known.

Nearest Town/City: to be added.

  Latitude Longitude
Deg. Min. Sec. S 25° 14′ 23.00″ W 057° 31′ 09.00″
Decimal N 17.9358776° E -76.78398379999999°

Elevation: 3 m/10 ft

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History

Name Changes

?? – Present

Narrative Summary

The 1.Flight and the Jamaica Military Aviation School of the Jamaican Air Wing are based with its fixed wing aircraft at the Manley International Airport in Kingston.

Key Dates

??    Formal opening of the base

Runways

Direction Length Width Surface
Metres (m) Feet (ft) Metres (m) Feet (ft)
12/30 2716 6900 46 151 Paved

Residents

The following organisations are, or were, permanently based at this location:

Based Military Units

Jamaican Defence Force

Based Civilian Operators

To be added.

Photo Gallery

To be added.

More Information

Books

None known

Magazines

Feature articles to be added.

Websites

To be added.

Disclaimer: Information is provided on this page for historical purposes only, and not for aerial navigation.

Current Order of Battle
Jamaican Defence Force

Click on unit title for more details

Unit Type Base
  Air Wing of the Defence Force Kingston/Up Park Camp
1.Flight BN-2 Kingston/Manley IAP
2.Flight Bell 412 Kingston/Up Park Camp
3.Flight Bell 407 Kingston/Up Park Camp
Jamaica Military Aviation School DA-40/42, Bell 206 Kingston/Manley IAP
1.Field Workshop   Kingston/Up Park Camp

Jamaican Defence Force

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Jamaican Air Force was formed in June 1963 as the Jamaican Air Squadron with pilots from the Jamaican Flying Club. It was only one month later that the Jamaican Defence Force Air Wing was established on the 3 July 1963 after the arrival of 4 Cessna 185. Training was carried out in England until 1972 and after that in Canada. From 1971 to 1973 the Air Wing received some Bell 206 and Bell 212 helicopters. In April 1977 the Air Wing became an autonomous unit within the JDF. During 1989 4 Bell UH-1H were leased from the US Government. Most of the equipment was sold over the years. At the beginning of 2000 the Air Wing was re-equipped with the Bell 412 and Aerospatiale AS-355 Ecureuil.

Key Dates

June 1963    Formation of Jamaican Air Force
3 July 1963   Formation of Jamaican Defence Force Air Wing
April 1977   Air Wing becomes an autonomous unit

Current Status

The aircraft of the Air Wing are fully operational.

Future Plans

No information available.

Markings

National Insignia

CurrentHistorical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

H is used for helicopters, A for auxiliary (liaison) aircraft and T for transport aircraft as a prefix.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Up Park Camp, Kingston

Organisational Structure

The Air Wing is organised into three operational flights and one training school.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

1.Flight
2.Flight
3.Flight
Jamaica Military Aviation School

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All current Jamaican Air Force fixed wing aircraft are based at Norman Manley IAP/Kingston and the helicopters at Up Park Camp/Kingston.
Military Air Bases Listing

All-Time Air Bases Used List

All current Jamaican Air Force fixed wing aircraft are based at Norman Manley IAP/Kingston and the helicopters at Up Park Camp/Kingston.
Military Air Bases Listing

More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

Air International May 2001 p.314-317

Websites

Jamaica Defence Force

Any photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

1. Flight
Jamaican Defence Force

History

1.Flight was formed in 1963 at Up Park Camp/Kingston, moved to Manley IAP/Kingston in 5.1981 and from a high of 10 fixed wing aircraft the unit today operates only one Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander as GIA for the Jamaica Military Aviation School.


Subordinate Units

None.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Cessna 185 Skywagon 4 1963 – 1977 JDF A-1-4
DHC-6 Twin Otter 2 1967 – 1978 JDF T-1, JDF T-6
Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander 2 1974 – Present JDF T-2, JDF T-5
Beech A100 King Air 1 1975 – 2003 JDF T-3
Beech B60 Duke 1 1975 – 1981 JDF T-4
Cessna 210 Centurion 2 1983 – 2011 JDF A-6, JDF A-7
Cessna 337G (O-2A) Skymaster 1 1983 – 1998 JDF T-7
Rockwell Commander 695A 1 2004 – 2006 JDF T-8


Unit Markings

Figure 1
To be added


Main Bases

Base Duration
Up Park Camp/Kingston 1963 – 1981
ManleyIAP/Kingston 1981 – Present


Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

  • >Air International May 2001 p.314-317
  • Scramble 389, October 2011, p. 127-132

Other Sources

To be added.