North Yemen was a country in Western Asia, on the Arabian Peninsula. It was bordered by Saudi Arabia to the north, South Yemen to the east, the Gulf of Aden to the south and the Red Sea to the west.
The country comprised the western portion of present-day Yemen. The main geographical feature of the country was the steep escarpment along the Red Sea coast which merged into the central highlands, an extensive plateau more than 2,000 m (6,562 ft) high. The capital city, Sana’a was located here. To the north along the border with Saudi Arabia lay the Rub al Khali desert, which was almost uninhabited. The total land area was 167,943 sq km (64,843 sq miles).
The Population of 7.2 million (1990 figure) comprised 93% Arab, with 7% other ethnic groups (mainly Somali and black). In terms of religion, 54% were Sunni Moslem, 45% Shia Moslem and 1% other. The capital city was Sana’a.
Further National Information
Text to be added on the development of aviation in North Yemen.
Civil Aircraft Registrations
North Yemen civil aircraft initially used the registration sequence YEMEN-xxx, until 1955 when this was shortened to YE-xxx. The YE- sequence was used until 1969, when the prefix changed to 4W-xxx.
All-time North Yemen – civil aircraft register (YE-aaa 4W-aaa).
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Military Air Arms
Air Force (Yemen Arab Republic Air Force) [1926-1990]
Central Government Agencies
Government Aviation (North Yemen Government)
Public Service Aviation
Medical Aviation – no helicopter EMS/Rescue service available
Police (North Yemen Police) – no aviation unit
To be added
None at present.
Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots
Civil Airports & Airfields
Military Air Bases & Airfields
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.
None at present
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To be added.