Solomon Islands Government

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Since independence, the Solomon Islands has not had any regular military forces. The principal local security force is the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF), which has two patrol boats but no aircraft.

In 1997 the United States Government donated two civilianised ex-military Cessna O-2 aircraft and a helicopter to the Solomons Islands, for use by the government and police force. Unfortunately, no funding was provided for operating these aircraft, and so they remained in their delivery containers. After a while they became subject to vandalism and weather damage. Another aircraft was reportedly donated in 1999, but there is little confirmation of this.

In the period 2003-2013 the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) provided military and police support to the Solomon Islands government. The donated aircraft are now too badly damaged to be useable. They were still visible in open storage in April 2010.

Key Dates

1997 First aircraft donated by USA.
1999 One additional aircraft donated by USA.

Current Status

There is still no government Air Wing.

Future Plans

No plans known. With the withdrawal of RAMSI, plans for a government air wing may be revived.


Markings

National Insignia

The donated aircraft never operated in Solomon Islands markings.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

No Solomon Island registrations were allocated to the donated aircraft – they remained in their US delivery markings.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Cessna O-2A 2 1997 n/a USA
Champon 7GC Citabria 1 1999 n/a USA
Hughes 500 1 1997 n/a USA

Aircraft NOT Used

None of the aircraft donated so far have been taken into service.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

Not applicable.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Not applicable – no air wing established.

Organisational Structure

No subordinate units.

Current Unit Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The aircraft and helicopter were initially stored at Rove, but later moved to Honiara Airport.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

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Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

 

Champion 7GC Citabria

in Solomon Islands Government Service

History

One (Bellanca-built) Champion 7GC Citabria delivered in 1999. Not used and immediately placed into storage. There does not seem to be much corroboration for this report. Any further information is welcome.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
? ? ? 1999  


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2013/14 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

Cessna O-2A

in Solomon Islands Government Service

History

Two ex-USAF Cessna O-2As delivered in December 1997 as US Government aid. Never taken from their delivery containers. Stored on the edge of the football field/parade ground at Rove in Honiara. They were subject to vandalism and weather damage. In 2008 they were both transferred to the Civil Aviation Department and moved to the Solair hangar at Honiara Airport, where some restoration work was initiated. This work soon stopped and the wrecks abandoned. They were still there in April 2010.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
n/a 337M-0164 68-6875, N5151U Dec 1997 O-2A, stored Honiara Apr 2010
n/a 337M-0170 68-6881, N6881Z Dec 1997 O-2A, stored Honiara Apr 2010


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Hughes 500

in Solomon Islands Government Service

History

One ex-USAF Hughes OH-6A delivered in December 1997 as US Government aid. Never taken from its delivery container. Stored on the edge of the football field/parade ground at Rove in Honiara. Still there in April 2014.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
n/a 0969 67-16584, N220CM Dec 1997 OH-6A, stored Honiara Apr 2010-Apr 2014


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Solomon Islands

Country Profile

The Country

Geography

Solomon Islands is an island nation in the south west Pacific Ocean. It has maritime borders with Papua New Guinea to the west, Micronesia to the north, Nauru to the east, Vanuatu to the south east, and Australia to the south. Solomon Islands consists of 6 principal islands and numerous smaller islands, running roughly east-west from Papua New Guinea. The largest island is Guadalcanal.

The larger islands are mountainous and most are covered by dense rain forest. Some islands still have active volcanoes.

Solomon Islands has a total land area of 28,400 sq km (10,965 sq miles) and had a population of 523,000 in 2009. The main ethnic groups are Melanesian 94.5%, Polynesian 3.0%, Micronesian 1.2% and Chinese 1.3%. The capital city, Honiara is on the island of Guadalcanal.

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National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Solomon Islands History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Solomon Islands
wikipedia: Solomon Islands
wikipedia: History of Solomon Islands

Aviation

Text to be added on the development of aviation in Solomon Islands.

Markings

Civil Aircraft Registrations

Solomon Islands civil aircraft have used the registration sequence H4-AAA to H4-ZZZ since 1978.

British Pacific High Commission Aircraft Register
Solomon Islands Aircraft Register
An all-time Civil Rotorcraft Register of Solomon Islands listing is here.

Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

None at present. Between 2003 and 2013 Australia and New Zealand provided military assistance under the RAMSI operation.

Central Government Agencies

Government Aviation (Government Air Wing) [1997]

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation – no EMS aviation services
Police Aviation (Royal Solomon Island Police Force) – no aviation unit

Commercial Aviation

Solomon Airlines

wikipedia: Airlines of the Solomon Islands
The World’s Airlines: Solomon Islands

Private Aviation

To be added

Industry

Aircraft Manufacturers

None at present.

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.

Airfields

Civil Airports & Airfields

Airports in Solomon Islands

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

On Show

Aviation Museums

Betikama High School War Museum
Solomon Islands National Museum
Vilu Cultural Village and War Museum

Airshow Dates

Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

None known.

Aviation Bibliography

To be added

Web Links

To be added.