French Air Ministry

Operator Profile


Narrative Summary

The French Air Ministry (Ministère de l’Air) was first established in 1928. Within a fews years it appears that a dedicated flying unit had been set up to transport ministry officials around the country. At least one of its aircraft was involved in a fatal accident. This unit was in operation well before the SCTA (Government Aviation Unit), which did not appear until 1937, and so cannot be confused with it. Immediately after WW2 the Ministère de l’Air, Direction Technique et Industrie also operated several aircraft. In 1947 the Ministère de l’Air was merged into the Ministère des Armees which later became the Ministere de la Defense. The flying unit was still active in the 1950s.

Key Dates

14 September 1928    Air Ministry first established.
1933?    First aircraft obtained.
22 October 1947    Air Ministry merged into Defence Ministry.
19??    Flying unit disbanded.

Current Status

The flying unit was disbanded.

Future Plans

Not applicable.


Special Markings

Air Ministry aircraft often operated in a natural metal finish with rudders stripes in the national colours. No service titles wwere carried.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Air Ministry aircraft carried standard French civil registrations, e.g. Potez 662 F-ARAY.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used


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
Amiot AAC.1 (Ju 52/3m) ? 1945 1949 France
Bloch MB.120 1 1933 1934 France
Caudron C.445 ? 1945 1951 France
Douglas DC-3 1 1951 19?? USA
Douglas C-53D 2 1945 1950 USA
Farman F.390 1 1933 1936 France
Liore et Olivier LeO 451 1 1951 19?? France
Lockheed C-60 Lodestar 4+ 1945 1947 USA
Morane Saulnier MS.502 Criquet ? 1945 1966 France
Nord 1000 1 1945 1966 France
Potez 62 1 1936 19?? France
Potez 662 1 1938 1941 France
SNCAC NC.700 1 1945 1947 France
Sud Ouest SO.30P 1 1951 19?? France

(Additional information is welcome).

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.


Main Headquarters

Ministère de l’Air, Boulevard Victor, Paris.

Organisational Structure

All aircraft were operated by the flying unit of the Air Ministry.

Current Unit Assignments

Not applicable

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

Air bases used include ?.

More Information


To be added.


To be added

Websites Ministère de l’Air (France)
wikipedia: Potez 662
Aviation Safety Network
French Register

Any further photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.