Historical Order of Battle: 2002

of the Lebanese Air Force

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Squadron Type Base
2 Squadron Hunter FGA.70/70A/T.66 Rayak
8 Squadron SA342L Gazelle Beirut Airport (Kaldeh)
10 Squadron UH-1H Beirut Airport (Kaldeh)
11 Squadron UH-1H Beirut Airport (Kaldeh)
14 Squadron UH-1H Kleyate/Qulaiaat
15 Squadron UH-1H Rayak

Historical Orders of Battle

of the Lebanese Air Force

Historical orders of battle for the Lebanese Air Force are listed for the following dates:

1950   1954   1956   mid 1958   1963   1967   1971   1975   1979   1982   
1988   1991   1995   1999   2002   Table of Current Order of Battle

1950

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Squadron Type Base
Transport Flight Dove x 1 Rayak
Bomber Squadron SM.79 x 4 Rayak
Ecole de l’Air Prentice x 2, Proctor IV x 1, Chipmunk T.30 x 3 Rayak

1954

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Squadron Type Base
Pursuit Bomber Squadron Vampire FB.52 x 2 Beirut Intl. Airport (Kaldeh)
Transport Flight SM.79 x 4, Dove x 1 Rayak
Comms. Flight Prentice x 2, MB.308 x 1 Rayak
Ecole de l’Air Chipmunk T.30 x 3, Harvard, Vampire T.55 x 1 Rayak

1956

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Squadron Type Base
1 Squadron Vampire FB.52 x 6, Vampire T.55 x 3 Beirut Intl. Airport (Kaldeh)
Transport Flight SM.79 x 4, Dove x 1 Rayak
Comms. Flight Prentice x 2, MB.308 x 1 Rayak
Ecole de l’Air Chipmunk T.30 x 3, Harvard Rayak

mid 1958

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Squadron Type Base
1 Squadron Vampire FB.52 x 5, Vampire T.55 x 4 Beirut Intl. Airport (Kaldeh)
Transport Flight SM.79 x 4, Dove x 1 Rayak
Comms. Flight Prentice x 2, MB.308 x 1 Rayak
Ecole de l’Air Chipmunk T.30 x 3, Harvard Rayak

1963

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Squadron Type Base
1 Squadron Hunter FGA.70 x 6 Beirut Intl. Airport (Kaldeh)
2 Squadron Hunter FGA.70 x 6 Beirut Intl. Airport (Kaldeh)
3 Squadron Alouette II x 3, Alouette III x 7 Beirut IAP (Kaldeh)
? Squadron Vampire FB.52 x 5 Beirut Intl. Airport (Kaldeh)
Transport Flight SM.79 x 4, Dove x 1 Rayak
Ecole de l’Air Chipmunk x 6, Harvard, Vampire T.55 x 4 Rayak

1967

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Squadron Type Base
2 Squadron Hunter FGA.70 x 12 Beirut Intl. Airport (Kaldeh)
3 Squadron Alouette II x 3, Alouette III x 7 Beirut IAP (Kaldeh)
Transport Flight Dove x 1 Rayak
Ecole de l’Air Chipmunk x 6, Harvard, Vampire T.55 x 4 Rayak

1971

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Squadron Type Base
2 Squadron Hunter FGA.70 x 10 Beirut Intl. Airport (Kaldeh)
3 Squadron Alouette II x 3, Alouette III x 7 Beirut IAP (Kaldeh)
5 Squadron Mirage IIIEL/BL x 12 Kleyate
6 Squadron Magister x 4 Rayak
Transport Flight Dove x 1 Rayak
Ecole de l’Air Chipmunk x 6 Rayak

1975

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Squadron Type Base
2 Squadron Hunter FGA.70/T.66 x 12 Beirut Intl. Airport (Kaldeh)
3? Squadron Alouette II x 4, Alouette III x 6 Beirut IAP (Kaldeh)
4 Squadron Mirage IIIEL/BL x 11 Kleyate
5 Squadron AB.212 x 2 Beirut IAP (Kaldeh)
6 Squadron Magister x 4 Rayak
Transport Flight Dove x 1 Rayak
Ecole de l’Air Chipmunk x 4 Rayak

1979

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Squadron Type Base
2 Squadron Hunter FGA.70/70A/T.66 x 11 Beirut Intl. Airport (Kaldeh)
3? Squadron Alouette II x 4, Alouette III x 12 Beirut IAP (Kaldeh)
4 Squadron Mirage IIIEL/BL x 10 (stored) Kleyate
5 Squadron AB.212 x 6 Beirut IAP (Kaldeh)
6 Squadron Magister x 4 Rayak
Transport Flight Dove x 1, Shrike Commander 690A x 1 Rayak
Ecole de l’Air Chipmunk x 1, Bulldog 126 x 6 Rayak

1982

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Squadron Type Base
2 Squadron Hunter FGA.70/70A/T.66 x 11 Beirut Intl. Airport (Kaldeh)
3? Squadron Alouette II x 4, Alouette III x 12 Beirut IAP (Kaldeh)
4 Squadron Mirage IIIEL/BL x 10 (stored) Kleyate
5 Squadron AB.212 x 6 Beirut IAP (Kaldeh)
6 Squadron Magister x 8 Rayak
8 Squadron SA 342L Gazelle x 4 Beirut IAP (Kaldeh)
9 Squadron SA 330L Puma x 11 Rayak
Transport Flight Dove x 1, Shrike Commander 690A x 1 Rayak
Ecole de l’Air Bulldog 126 x 6 Rayak

1988

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Squadron Type Base
2 Squadron Hunter FGA.70/70A/T.66 x 7 Halate
3? Squadron Alouette II x 2, Alouette III x 7 Beirut IAP (Kaldeh)
4 Squadron Mirage IIIEL/BL x 10 (stored) Kleyate/Qulaiaat
5 Squadron AB.212 x 7 Beirut IAP (Kaldeh)
6 Squadron Magister x 3 Halate
8 Squadron SA 342L Gazelle x 4 Beirut IAP (Kaldeh)
9 Squadron SA 330L Puma x 11 Rayak
Transport Flight Dove x 1 Rayak
Ecole de l’Air Bulldog 126 x 5 Halate

1991

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Squadron Type Base
2 Squadron Hunter FGA.70/70A/T.66 x 7 Halate
3? Squadron Alouette II x 2, Alouette III x 7 Beirut IAP (Kaldeh)
4 Squadron Mirage IIIEL/BL x 10 (stored) Kleyate/Qulaiaat
5 Squadron AB.212 x 7 Beirut IAP (Kaldeh)
6 Squadron Magister x 3 Halate
8 Squadron SA 342L Gazelle x 4 Beirut IAP (Kaldeh)
9 Squadron SA 330L Puma x 11 Rayak
Transport Flight Dove x 1 Rayak
Ecole de l’Air Bulldog 126 x 5 Halate

1995

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Squadron Type Base
2 Squadron Hunter FGA.70/70A/T.66 x 7 Beirut Intl. Airport (Kaldeh)
3? Squadron Alouette II x 2, Alouette III x 7 Beirut IAP (Kaldeh)
5 Squadron AB.212 x 7 Beirut IAP (Kaldeh)
6 Squadron Magister x 3 Rayak
8 Squadron SA 342L Gazelle x 4 Beirut IAP (Kaldeh)
9 Squadron SA 330L Puma x 11 Rayak
10 Squadron UH-1H x 8 Beirut IAP (Kaldeh)
11 Squadron UH-1H x 8 Beirut IAP (Kaldeh)
Ecole de l’Air Bulldog 126 x 5 Rayak

1999

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Squadron Type Base
2 Squadron Hunter FGA.70/70A/T.66 x 7 Beirut Intl. Airport (Kaldeh)
3 Squadron Alouette II x 2, Alouette III x 7 Beirut IAP (Kaldeh)
5 Squadron AB.212 x 7 Beirut IAP (Kaldeh)
6 Squadron Magister x 3 Rayak
8 Squadron SA 342L Gazelle x 4 Beirut IAP (Kaldeh)
9 Squadron SA 330L Puma x 11 Rayak
10 Squadron UH-1H x 6 Beirut IAP (Kaldeh)
11 Squadron UH-1H x 6 Beirut IAP (Kaldeh)
12 Squadron UH-1H x 6 Rayak
Ecole de l’Air Bulldog 126 x 5 Rayak

All-Time Aircraft Used List
Lebanese Air Force


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Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aero Commander 690A Shrike Commander 1 1975 1982 USA
Aerospatiale SA330L Puma 23 # 1980 1998 France/Romania/UAE
Aerospatiale SA342L Gazelle 18 1981 current France/UAE
Agusta-Bell AB212 12 1973 current Italy
Bell UH-1H Iroquois 22 1995 current USA
Cessna 208 Caravan 3 # 2009 current USA
Dassault Mirage IIIDL 2 1968 1988 France
Dassault Mirage IIIEL 10 1968 1988 France
de Havilland Dove 1 1 1951 1993 UK
de Havilland Vampire FB.5 4 1958 1964 RAF
de Havilland Vampire FB.9 3 1958 1964 RAF
de Havilland Vampire FB.52 6 1953 1964 UK
de Havilland Vampire T.55 4 1953 1974 UK
De Havilland Canada Chipmunk 6 1950 1974 Canada
Fouga CM.170-2 Magister 20 1965 1998 France/Germany
Hawker Hunter T.66C 3 1965 current UK
Hawker Hunter T.69 1 1963 1963 Iraq
Hawker Hunter FGA.70 10 1958 current UK
Hawker Hunter FGA.70A 6 1975 current UK
Macchi MB.308 1 1949 1966 Italy
North American Harvard T.2B 16 1952 1967 UK?
Percival Prentice T.1 3 1949 1952 UK
Percival Proctor IV 3 1949 19?? UK
Robinson R-44 Raven II 4 2005 current USA
Savoia Marchetti SM.79L 4 1949 1965+ Italy
Scottish Aviation Bulldog 126 6 1975 2000 UK
Sikorsky S-61N 3 2009 current UK
Sud Aviation SE3130 Alouette II 4 1959 1981+ France
Sud Aviation Alouette III 13 1961 1993+ France

Additional information is welcome

Current Order of Battle
Lebanese Air Force

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Squadron Type Base
2 Squadron Hunter FGA.70/70A/T.66 Rayak
8 Squadron SA342L Gazelle Beirut Airport (Kaldeh)
10 Squadron UH-1H Beirut Airport (Kaldeh)
11 Squadron UH-1H Beirut Airport (Kaldeh)
12 Squadron R-44 Rayak
14 Squadron UH-1H Kleyate/Qulaiaat
15 Squadron UH-1H Rayak

Lebanese Air Force

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Lebanese Air Force was first established in 1949, following the Israeli War of Independence on Lebanon’s southern border. The force was initially tasked with internal policing duties, operating from former French Air Force bases. In 1953 Vampire jet fighter-bombers and trainers began to arrive. These were later replaced by Hawker Hunters and in 1968 Dassault Mirage III supersonic fighter-bombers entered service. The civil war which began in the mid-1970s saw the military intervention of both Syria and Israel. During the civil war, the LAF became a largely helicopter force. Since the end of the civil war in the late 1990s, a number of fixed-wing aircraft have been returned to service and orders have been placed for additional equipment.

Key Dates

1949    Lebanese Air Force first established
1953    First jet aircraft delivered – Vampire
1961    First helicopters received – Alouette II

Current Status

To be added.

Future Plans

Take delivery of 3 Cessna 208 Caravan transports.
Take delivery of ten MiG-29s from Russia to replace the Hunters.
Take delivery of 10 SA330 Pumas from UAE.

Markings

National Insignia

Current — Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The Lebanese military serial numbering system consists of a letter prefix and a three digit mumber, e.g. L-160 for Vampire T.55 and L-1006 for UH-1H. The letter ‘L’ identifies Lebanon. The serials are not reused once a type has been retired.

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

False reports of aircraft on order or in service

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Air Force Command, Yarzeh, Beirut.

Organisational Structure

The LAF is organised into seven Squadrons located at three air bases.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

Table of Historical Orders of Battle
Historical Order of Battle for 2002

All-Time Flying Units List

To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The main air bases currently used are Beirut Airport, Kleiat and Rayak.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

In addition to the main bases, here are also a number of smaller airfields around the country which are sometimes used by the Air Force.
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

More Information

Books

Lebanese Military Aviation Bibliography – to be added.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

Official Lebanese Air Force webpage

wikipedia: Lebanese Air Force

Scramble: Lebanese Air Force

Airliners.net

Airliners.net Forum: Lebanese Air Force

The Independent Guide to the Lebanese Air Force

wikimapia: Halate Airbase

Aircraft Not Used

by the Lebanese Air Force


This page gives details of some of the aircraft types that were offered or promised to the Lebanese Air Force but not delivered, cancelled official orders, and types have been falsely reported as being in service.

Aerospatiale AS332 Super Puma
Six examples were reportedly delivered in 1983.

Agusta AB204B
Some AB204Bs were reportedly in service 1968 to 1971.

Cessna O-1 Bird Dog
Some O-1s were reportedly in service 1966 to 1975.

de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth
Six Tiger Moths were reportedly donated by Iraq and used 1957-1966, but there is no evidence to support this.

Mikoyan MiG-29
Ten examples were offered by Russia in 2008, but during negotiations with the Lebanese Government in 2010 were replaced by Mi-24 helicopters.

Miles Magister
Two examples were reportedly in service at some time.

Mraz K-65 Cap
Some reports say that a few examples of the Czech-built version of the Fi-156 Storch, the K-65 Cap, were received in the late 1940s.