Royal Danish Air Force

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Air Force History

Key Dates

Air Force Timeline

Current Status

To be added. Note: The name of the Danish Airforce is “FLYVEV├ůBNET” or in English “Royal Danish Air Force”. There is no such thing as “Kongelige Danske Flyvevaaben”.

Future Plans

None known.


Markings

National Insignia

CurrentHistorical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The Danish military serial numbering system consists of a letter prefix and a three digit mumber. The letter identifies the aircraft type and the number is usually derived from the airframe’s construction number or previous identity. The letters are reused once a type has been retired. Where there are significantly different variants of a type in service, an additional letter is added as a suffix to the type designation letter, e.g. E-181 for F-16A and ET-207 for F-16B.

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 Staff, PO Box 202, DK-2950 Vedbaek.

Organisational Structure

The RDanAF is organised into two commands, Tactical Air Command (TACDEN) and Air Materiel Command (AMC). The operational squadrons are controlled by TACDEN (Flyvertaktisk Kommando or FTK), while the Flying School (Flyveskolen) is controlled by AMC.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

List of Historical Orders of Battle – to be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

Units List

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The main air bases currently used are Aalborg, Karup and Skrydstrup.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

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

More Information

Books

Danish Military Aviation Bibliography – to be added.

Magazines

World Air Power Journal No.1 p.134

Websites

Official Royal Danish Air Force webpage

wikipedia: Royal Danish Air Force

Scramble: Royal Danish Air Force

PlanePictures.net

Airliners.net

www.jets.dk

Air-Britain Photos: Royal Danish Air Force

amarc.dk

Narrative History
Royal Danish Air Force

On 1 October 1950 the Royal Danish Air Force was formed combining the existing Army and Navy air services. In 1970 the Army, Navy and Air Force were placed under a unified Defence High Command. In 2003 the aviation units of the Army were merged into the Air Force as Esk 724.

[To be rewritten].

Key Dates
Royal Danish Air Force

1 October 1950    Air Force formed from amalgamation of Army and Navy air arms
1950    First jet aircraft delivered – Meteor F.4
1952    First helicopters received – Bell 47
1970    Unified Defence High Command established
2003    Army aviation unit merged into the Air Force

National Markings
Royal Danish Air Force

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the Royal Danish Air Force since its formation:




Main MarkingFin Flash

1945-present
The main marking is displayed in 6 positions (ie above and below each wing, and on each side of the fuselage) on aircraft – but on fuselage sides only on helicopters. The fin flash is displayed on the tailfin. Aircraft do not carry service titles.

All-Time Aircraft Used List
Royal Danish Air Force

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale AS 550C2 Fennec 12 2003 current Army
AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin 14 2006 current UK
Airspeed Oxford 49 1950 1955 UK
Agusta AB47J Ranger 3 1958 1967 Italy
Bell 47D-1 Sioux 3 1952 1958 USA
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 1 1950 1953 Army/Navy?
Canadair CF-104G Starfighter 15 1972 1984 CAF
Canadair CF-104D Starfighter 7 1971 1984 CAF
Canadair CL-604 Challenger 4 1998 current Canada
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina 8 1951 1969 USA
Consolidated PBY-6A Catalina 8 1957 1970 USA
Dansk Aero 2G 3 1950 19?? local
Dansk Aero Babyfalk 1 1953 19?? local
De Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.20/T.21 23/4 1950 1976 UK
Douglas C-47 Dakota 8 1953 1982 USA
Douglas C-54 Skymaster 6 1959 1977 USA
Elliotts Eon Olympia 3 1950 1959 UK
Fairey Firefly TT.1 6 1951 1958 UK
Flyvemateriel Tjenesten Polyt III 1 1954 1966 local
Gloster Meteor F.4 20 1950 1956 Navy?
Gloster Meteor T.7 9 1950 1963 UK
Gloster Meteor F.8 20 1951 1962 UK
Gloster Meteor NF.11 20 1952 1959 UK
Gloster Meteor TT.20 6? 1959 1962 UK
Grumman Gulfstream II 1 1981 1981 USA
Grumman G.1159A Gulfstream III SMA 4 1982 2004 USA
Hawker Hunter T.7 2 1967 1974 UK
Hawker Hunter F.51 30 1956 1974 UK
Hawker Hunter T.53 2 1958 1974 UK
Hughes 500M 16 2003 2005 Army
Lockheed C-130H Hercules 3 1975 2004 USA
Lockheed F-104G Starfighter 25 1964 1986 USA
Lockheed TF-104G Starfighter 4 1964 1986 USA
Lockheed T-33A 26 1953 1977 USA
Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Super Hercules 4 2004 current USA
Lockheed Martin F-16AM 62 1980 current Belgium/Neth.
Lockheed Martin F-16BM 16 1980 current Belgium/Neth.
Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II 30 USA
North American F-86D Sabre 61 1958 1966 USA
North American F-100D Super Sabre 48 1958 1982 USA
North American F-100F Super Sabre 10 1959 1982 USA
North American TF-100F Super Sabre 14 1974 1982 USA
North American T-6 Texan/Harvard 46 1950 1959 Army/Navy?
Percival Pembroke C.52/2 6 1956 1960 UK
Percival President I 1 1959 1961 UK
Percival Proctor 6 1950 1951 Army/Navy?
Polytekn Flyvegr Polyt II 1 1950 1957 local
Republic F-84E Thunderjet 6 1951 1954 USA
Republic F-84G Thunderjet 238 1952 1962 USA
Republic RF-84F Thunderflash 23 1957 1971 USA
SAAB T-17 Supporter 32 1975 1998 Sweden
SAAB F 35 Draken 20 1970 1993 Sweden
SAAB RF 35 Draken 20 1971 1993 Sweden
SAAB TF 35 Draken 11 1971 1993 Sweden
SAAB J 35F Draken 2 1987 19?? Sweden
SAAB S 35E Draken 5 1980 19?? Sweden
SAGEM Sperwer UAV ? 2004 2005
S.A.I. KZ-IIT 15 1950 1955 Army
S.A.I. KZ-VII Laerke 10 1950 1977 Army
Schleicher Ka 6CR Rhonsegler 4 1960 1966 Germany
Schleicher Ka 7 Rhonadler 3 1959 1966 Germany
Schleicher Ka 8B 8 1961 1966 Germany
Schneider Grunau Baby IIB 11 1950 1960 local
Schneider S.G.38 2 1950 1957 local
Schweizer TG-3 1 1953 1955 Germany
Sikorsky S-55C 7 1957 1966 USA
Sikorsky S-61A-1 Sea King 9 1965 current USA
Supermarine Sea Otter I 7 1950 1952 Navy
Supermarine Spitfire IX 40 1950 1955 Army
Supermarine Spitfire PR.XI 3 1950 1955 Army
Supermarine Spitfire XVI 1 1950 1951 Army

Additional information is welcome

All-Time Units List
Royal Danish Air Force

This page lists all the aviation units of the Royal Danish Air Force, since its formation.

Eskadrille 721
Eskadrille 722
Eskadrille 723
Eskadrille 724
Eskadrille 725
Eskadrille 726
Eskadrille 727
Eskadrille 728
Eskadrille 729
Eskadrille 730

Air Transport Wing Aalborg
Helicopter Wing Karup
Fighter Wing Skrydstrup
Flyveskolen

Current Order of Battle
Royal Danish Air Force

Squadron Type Base
721 Eskadrille C-130J-30, CL-604 Aalborg
722 Eskadrille S-61A Sea King/EH.101 Karup
724 Eskadrille AS.550C2 Fennec Karup
727 Eskadrille F-16AM/BM Skrydstrup
730 Eskadrille F-16AM/BM Skrydstrup
Flyveskolen T-17 Supporter Karup
Base Flight SNFALB T-17 Supporter Aalborg
Base Flight SNFKAR T-17 Supporter Karup
Base Flight SNFSKP T-17 Supporter Skrydstrup

Note: Base flights borrow aircraft from the Flyveskolen as needed.

 

Current Aircraft Inventory
Royal Danish Air Force

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Aerospatiale AS 550C2 Fennec 12 12 0 Anti-Armour
AgustaWestland AW101 14 13 0 SAR
Canadair CL-604 Challenger 3 3 0 Maritime Patrol/VIP Transpt.
Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Super Hercules 4 4 0 Transport
Lockheed Martin F-16AM 60 35 0 Fighter-Bomber/Recce.
Lockheed Martin F-16BM 17 10 0 Trainer
Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II 0 0 30 Fighter-Bomber/Recce.
SAAB T-17 Supporter 32 28 0 Training/Liaison
Sikorsky S-70/MH-60R 0 0 9 Anti-Ship
Westland Lynx 90 7 7 0 Anti-Ship