Tocumen International Airport

Airfield Profile

Ownership

Operator: unknown.

Location

Address: Not known.

Nearest Town/City: Ciudad de Panamá.

  Latitude Longitude
Deg. Min. Sec. S 25° 14′ 23.00″ W 057° 31′ 09.00″
Decimal N 9.0669766° E -79.38706809999996°

Elevation: 41 m/135 ft

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History

Name Changes

?? – Present

Narrative Summary

All SENAN aircraft and helicopters are currently based here.

Key Dates

??    Formal opening of the base

Runways

Direction Length Width Surface
Metres (m) Feet (ft) Metres (m) Feet (ft)
03R/21L 3050 10006 45 158 Paved
03L/21R 2682 8800 61 200 Paved

Residents

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

Based Military Units

Royal Bahamas 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.

Howard AFB

Airfield Profile

Ownership

Operator: unknown.

Location

Address: Not known.

Nearest Town/City: Balboa.

  Latitude Longitude
Deg. Min. Sec. S 25° 14′ 23.00″ W 057° 31′ 09.00″
Decimal N 8.9174753° E -79.59826729999997°

Elevation: 16 m/51 ft

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History

Name Changes

?? – Present

Narrative Summary

The Escuadrilla Presidencial is based here..

Key Dates

??    Formal opening of the base

Runways

Direction Length Width Surface
Metres (m) Feet (ft) Metres (m) Feet (ft)
18/36 2591 8502 46 150 Paved

Residents

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

Based Military Units

Royal Bahamas 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.

Base Aérea de Paitilla

Airfield Profile

Ownership

Operator: Panamanian National Aeronaval Service.

Location

Address: Not known.

Nearest Town/City: Paitilla.

  Latitude Longitude
Deg. Min. Sec. S 25° 14′ 23.00″ W 057° 31′ 09.00″
Decimal N 8.973333° E -79.555556°

Elevation: 9 m/30 ft

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History

Name Changes

?? – Present

Narrative Summary

Formerly Albrook Air Force Station. The base was operational until 4.1.1999.

Key Dates

??    Formal opening of the base

Runways

Direction Length Width Surface
Metres (m) Feet (ft) Metres (m) Feet (ft)
18/36 1800 5906 ? ? Paved

Residents

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

Based Military Units

Panama Air Force (til 1989)
Panamanian National Aeronaval Service.

Based Civilian Operators

To be added.

Photo Gallery

To be added.

More Information

Books

None known

Magazines

Feature articles to be added.

Websites

wikipedia

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

Base Aérea Subteniente Vincente Vargas

Airfield Profile

Ownership

Operator: Panamanian National Aeronaval Service.

Location

Address: Not known.

Nearest Town/City: David.

  Latitude Longitude
Deg. Min. Sec. S 25° 14′ 23.00″ W 057° 31′ 09.00″
Decimal N 8.3912038° E -82.43182159999998°

Elevation: 27 m/89 ft

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History

Name Changes

?? – Present

Narrative Summary

No information.

Key Dates

??    Formal opening of the base

Runways

Direction Length Width Surface
Metres (m) Feet (ft) Metres (m) Feet (ft)
04/22 2100 6890 45 158 Paved

Residents

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

Based Military Units

Panama Air Force (til 1989)
Panamanian National Aeronaval Service

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.

Bocas del Toro Airport

Airfield Profile

Ownership

Operator: unknown.

Location

Address: Not known.

Nearest Town/City: Rambala.

  Latitude Longitude
Deg. Min. Sec. S 25° 14′ 23.00″ W 057° 31′ 09.00″
Decimal N 9.340864° E -82.250923°

Elevation: 3 m/10 ft

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History

Name Changes

?? – Present

Narrative Summary

The Destacamento Aéreo de Rambala operates from this base.

Key Dates

??    Formal opening of the base

Runways

Direction Length Width Surface
Metres (m) Feet (ft) Metres (m) Feet (ft)
08/26 1500 4921 24 78 Paved

Residents

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

Based Military Units

Panamanian National Aeronaval Service

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.

Base Aérea de Santiago

Airfield Profile

Ownership

Operator: unknown.

Location

Address: Not known.

Nearest Town/City: Santiago.

  Latitude Longitude
Deg. Min. Sec. S 25° 14′ 23.00″ W 057° 31′ 09.00″
Decimal N 8.085254831935911° E -80.94572067260742°

Elevation: 83 m/272 ft

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History

Name Changes

?? – Present

Narrative Summary

To be added.

Key Dates

??    Formal opening of the base

Runways

Direction Length Width Surface
Metres (m) Feet (ft) Metres (m) Feet (ft)
17/35 1200 3937 25 82 Paved

Residents

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

Based Military Units

Panama Air Force (til 1989)
Panamanian National Aeronaval Service

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.

Escuadrilla Presidencial

of the Panama Government

History

The unit was formed in 1975.

Subordinate Units

None.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
IAI 1123 Westwind 1 1975 – 1979 HP-1A
Dassault Falcon 20F 1 1979 – 1984 HP-1A
Learjet 35A 1 1984 – 1989 n/a
Boeing 727 2 1983 – 1997 HP-400,HP-501
Grumman Gulfstream II 1 1995 – 2009 HP-1A
Sikorsky S-76C Spirit 1 1995 – Present HP-A1A
Embraer ERJ-135BJ Legacy 600 1 2010 – Present HP-1A


Unit Markings

Escuadrilla Presidencial

 


Main Bases

Base Duration
Tucumen IAP/Ciudad de Panamá 1975 – 1999
Howard AFB/Balboa 1999 – Present


Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

  • Central American and Caribbean Air Forces (Daniel Hagedorn)
  • Latin-American Military Aviation (John Andrade)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2004/2005 (Ian Carroll)

Other Sources

To be added.

Panamanian National Aeronaval Service

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

After the US invasion of December 1989, the existing Panamanian Air Force had been disbanded. Another air force was formed as part of the Fuerza Publicas Panameña (Panamanian Public Forces), as Servicio Aérea Nacional (National Air Service) with 16 fixed- and rotary-winged aircraft organised in three operational squadrons and one presidential flight.

The Servicio Aérea Nacional was merged with the Servicio Maritimo Nacional on 21.11.2008 to form the Servicio Nacional Aeronaval (SNA).

Key Dates

1990    Servicio Aérea Nacional was formed
21 November 2008   Servicio Nacional Aeronaval was established.

Current Status

The aircraft of the SNA are fully operational.

Future Plans

No information available.

Markings

National Insignia

National Markings

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

World Air Power Journal 32, p.156
Air Forces Monthy 11/2000 p. 46-47

Websites

Servicio Nacional Aeronaval

Any photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

Panamanian Air Force

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Guardia Nacional established an air force in 1931, after the decision was made in 1914 to disband the Panamanian Navy and formed the Guardia Nacional del Aire (Air National Guard) with 3 light airplanes. Very little military flying was done until Pearl Harbor in 1941, because units of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army Air
Corps, which were based in the Canal Zone, fulfilled the security requirements of Panama. After that the United States established many military bases in Panama to defend the Canal. In the 1940s the Guardia Nacional del Aire was reorganised and became known as Fuerza Aérea de la Guardia Nacional, but was finally disbanded in 1945.

During the next years no military flying took place by the Panamanian government. It was only in October 1964, when an Cessna 185 was taken on charge, that the Guardia Nacional formed the Destacamento Aéreo No.1 (1. Air Detachment). But it took another five years, when the service was expanded with the purchase of additional aircraft and helicopters and became kown as the Fuerza Aérea Panameña (FAP) on January 17, 1969.

The FAP had no combat aircraft but about 30 transport and communication aircraft and helicopters and used two bases in Ciudad de Panamá. At the time of the United States invaion in 1989 the FAP consisted of 4 flying units with about 60 aircraft and helicopters. The Panamanian Air Force lost 37 aircraft during "Operation Just Cause" and was subsequently disbanded. Some of the surviving aircraft were transferred to civilian use.

Key Dates

1931    Guardia Nacional del Aire was formed.
1945 Fuerza Aérea de la Guardia Nacional was disbanded.
October 1964 Destacamento Aéreo No.1 was established.
17 January 1969 Fuerza Aérea Panameña was created as part of the Guardia Nacional.
December 1989 Invasion by the United States (Operation "Just Cause").
December 1989   FAP disbanded.

Current Status

The Air Force was disbanded in December 1989.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

National Insignia

National Markings

Aircraft Serial Numbers

First serials were allocated to aircraft in 1931. Serials began with number 1 and were used in chronological order as aircraft arrived in the Air Force with the prefix G.N. (Guardia Nacional).

FAP aircraft are allocated three-digit serial numbers, usually prefixed from 1969 until 1989 with ‘FAP’, within five blocks:

 

001 to 099 communication (incl. helicopters)

100 to 199 helicopters

200 to 299 twin-engined transports

300 to 399 single-engined transports

400 to 499 multi-engined transports

 

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None.

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Ciudad de Panamá

Organisational Structure

The Air Force is organised in three operational squadrons and one presidential flight.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1933)
Historical Order of Battle (as at 1967)
Historical Order of Battle (as at 1977)
Historical Order of Battle (as at 1989)

All-Time Flying Units List

(only units, which are not included in the Orders of Battle)
Guardia Nacional del Aire

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Military Air Bases Listing

More Information

Books

None.

Magazines

To be added.

Websites

To be added.