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Title: -
Title in English: 103rd Air Regiment of the Vistulian Military Units
Abbreviation: -


Narrative Summary:
A para-military force was first formed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs in 1945 for government and special guard duties, but increasingly took on more civil tasks. In 1972 there was a big re-organisation of Police and interior forces. The 103. Air Regiment of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MI) was established. Principally equipped with helicopters, it provided air support for all MI units (Police, Fire Brigade, Border Guard etc). In 2000 the 103. Air Regiment was disbanded. Helicopters and aircraft were then re-allocated to the newly-formed Lotnictwo Policji (Mi-2, Mi-8, Bell-206, W-3A, PZL Kania), Straz Graniczna (PZL Kania, Mi-2, W-3 and PZL M-20) and to Army aviation (Bell 412, Mi-17). Roles undertaken included: army support, fire-fighting, flying crane, surveillance, special forces operations, VIP transport, riot control etc.

Key Dates:
1950s    Frontier Protection Forces aviation unit established.
1972    103 Air Regt. established for Ministry of Internal Affairs use.
12 October 1990    Parliamentary act establishing civil Border Guard approved.
16 May 1991    Frontier Protection Force becomes civil Border Guard.
2000    103 Air Regt. disbanded - separate Police and Border Guard aviation units formed.

Current Status:
The 103rd Air Regt was disbanded in 2000.

Future Plans:
Not applicable.


National Insignia:

Main Marking Fin Flash
The main marking was 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 same marking was also used as a fin flash on fixed wing aircraft. No service titles are carried, but a distinctive white/blue tail boom stripe was carried on all helicopters.

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):
Ministry of the Interior aircraft carried Polish Air Force-style serial numbers based on the airframe construction number, e.g. Bell 206B 4145.

Unit/Base Aircraft Code System(s):
None used.


Aircraft Designation System(s):
None - Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory:
Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List:
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Bell 206B JetRanger III 2 1991 2000 USA
Bell 412HP 1 ?? 2000 USA
Mil Mi-2 8 ?? 2000 local
Mil Mi-8P 1 ?? 2000 Russia
Mil Mi-8S 2 ?? 2000 Russia
Mil Mi-8T 4 ?? 2000 Russia
Mil Mi-17 4 ?? 2000 Russia
PZL Kania 3 1996 2000 local
PZL M20 Mewa (PA-34 Seneca) 2 1995 2000 local
PZL W-3 Sokol 2 1990 2000 local
PZL W-3A Sokol 1 ?? 2000 local
PZL W-3RM Anakonda 1 ?? 1998 local


Main Headquarters:
Not known.

Current Organisational Structure:
Not applicable.

Current Order of Battle:
Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle:
Order of Battle for 1996:
Regiment Type Base
JW MSW/103 PLN Mi-8T/8S, Mi-17, Mi-2, PZL W-3,
Bell 206, Bell 412
Klucz Samolotowy M-20 Mewa Warszawa-Bemowo

All-Time Flying Units List:
Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases:
All aircraft and helicopters were based at Warszawa-Bemowo.

All-Time Air Bases Used List:
See above.

More Information


None known.


Air Forces Monthly December 1996



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