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Current Title: Corps d'Aviation d'Haiti
Title in English: Haitian Aviation Corps


Narrative Summary:

The Corps d'Aviation d'Haiti was fromed in 1943 with some aircraft from the United States. Its main task was transport and communication. Headquarters were at Bowen Field, Port-au-Prince, a former U.S. Marine Corps airfield, which was the main airbase of the Haitian Air Force until 1994. During the 1940s Haiti received small quantities of training aircraft. The first combat aircraft, six F-51D Mustang,  arrived in country in 1950. These Mustang were superseded in October 1973 with T-28D Tojan from France, which were replace by O-2A Skymaster in 1975. It was also in 1973 that Haiti got its first helicopters from the United States. The air force was disbanded in 1994, after United Nation sponsored forces came to Haiti to reinstall president Aristide.


Key Dates:
1943    Corps d'Aviation d'Haiti was fromed
1950 First combat aircraft, F-51D Mustang, arrived in Haiti.
1973 First helicopter, Sikorsky S-55, delievered.
1994 Corps d'Aviation d'Haiti was disbanded.

Current Status:
The Air Force was disbanded in 1994.

Future Plans:
No information available.


National Insignia:
Current --- Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):
For many years the construction numbers doubled as serial numbers. In 1976 it became the rule to number military aircraft in the HH-1200 to HH-1299 block, with the HH- civil registration prefix usually omitted. Some aircraft used the prefix FAA (Force Aérienne, Avion) or helicopter used FAH (Force Aérienne, Helicoptéres).



Unit/Base Aircraft Code System(s):
Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designation System(s):

Current Aircraft Inventory:
None at present.

All-Time Aircraft Used List:
Alphabetical Order --- Chronological Order


Main Headquarters:
The Air Force was disbanded in 1994.

Current Organisational Structure:
None at present.

Current Order of Battle:
None at present.



Historical Orders of Battle:

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1955)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1994)


All-Time Flying Units List:

Compagnie Haitienne de Transports Aerien

Escadre de Combat

Escadre de Transport

Escadre d'Helicoptéres

Ecole Aéronautique Militaire

Air Bases

Current Air Bases:
None at present.


All-Time Air Bases Used List:
The Haitian Air Force operated one mayor airbase and one secondary airfield.

Military Air Bases Listing

More Information







World Air Power Journal 32, p.152



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