Lockheed L-188 Electra
in H.M. Coastguard Service

History

Two Lockheed L-188C(F) Electra operated by Air Atlantique (Atlantic Airlines Ltd) under contract for pollution control. Fitted with removable aerial spray equipment to combat oil pollution at sea. Each aircraft can carry 15 tonnes of dispersant. Based at Coventry Airport. One aircraft assigned to the contract is usually G-LOFE, the other is drawn from G-LOFB or G-LOFC depending on availability.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
G-LOFB 1131 N667F    
G-LOFC 1100 N665F    
G-LOFE 1144 EI-CET Jan 1999  

Pictures

Electra G-LOFE demonstrates its spray system.
(photo, Erik Sleutelberg)
G-LOFE shows the quick-fit spraybar rig.
(photo, Simon Willson)

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Douglas DC-3 Dakota
in H.M. Coastguard Service

History

From 1982 Harvestair operated two Dakotas for spraying major oil and chemical spills from ships under contract from the Department of Transport. In October 1987 the contract was passed to Air Atlantique.

Seven DC-3/C-47 Dakotas were operated at various times by Air Atlantique (Atlantic Air Transport Ltd) under a pollution control contract which was placed in October 1987 and renewed in 1990?. Fitted with spray bars under the tailplane for applying dispersant chemicals. Based at Coventry Airport. Withdrawn in 2003.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
G-AMPZ 16124/32872 EI-BDT 4 May 1982 Harvestair, to Air Atlantique Oct 1988 (spraybars removed)
G-AMYJ 15968/32716 SU-AZF Jan 1982 Harvestair, to Air Atlantique Jan 1990, wfu Dec 2001
G-AMCA 16218/32966 KN487   AAT, in service 9 June 1988, wfu Jan 2002
G-AMHJ 13468 SU-AZI   AAT, in service 24 Sept 1987, wfu 23 Jan 2003
G-AMPO 16437/33185 KN566   AAT, in service 8 June 1988, wfu Jan 1998
G-AMPY 15124/26569 EI-BKJ   AAT, in service 1993, to radar research Jan 2002
G-AMSV 16072/32820 F-BSGV   AAT, in service 25 Mar 1982, wfu by 5 June 2001
G-ANAF 16688/33436 N170GP   AAT, in service ?, to radar trials Jan 1998

Pictures

Dakota G-ANAF seen in July 1991.
(photo, Torsten Maiwald)
Dakota G-AMSV seen in June 2003.
(photo, Jan Lidestrand)

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Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander
in H.M. Coastguard Service

History

The original pollution control contract was contracted to Harvestair, which provided five yellow-and-black painted BN-2A Islanders from mid-1982 until October 1987. Each was fitted with a prominent spraying boom attached to the fuselage. Their chemical spraying role was subsequently taken over by Air Atlantique Dakotas and Islanders.

Islanders G-AXZK and G-BCEN were used by Air Atlantique to supplement the Dakotas in the Pollution Control role in the early years of the contract, 1987-1990. G-BNXA was also used for a short while during 1987-1988. All three appeared in the green and white colours applied to the Dakotas.

From 1998 Air Atlantique provided one BN-2A-26 Islander (G-BCEN) for fixed-wing maritime surveillance and search-and-rescue duties in the Dover Straits area on a 5-yearly renewable contract. It was equipped with InfraRed and digital photographic equipment and a fourteen-man air-droppable life raft. It was based at Manston, Kent, until mid 2005, but later moved to Lydd. The aircraft was withdrawn in 2007, without replacement.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
G-AXZK 153 V2-LAD Sept 1987 Air Atlantique, noted 27 Feb 1989, sold Jul 1990 to Jane’s Aviation, UK
G-BCEN 403 4X-AYG Oct 1987 Air Atlantique, registered to RVL Group 27.4.07, wfu 2007
G-BNXA 80 V2-LAC Sept 1987 Air Atlantique, noted 18 Jan 1988, sold Jan 1997 to Rock Air, Gibraltar
G-BJWL 166 4X-AYC Feb 1982 Harvestair, sold July 1987 as 5B-CHD
G-BJWM 717 4X-AYE Feb 1982 Harvestair, sold Sept 1989 as LX-AJH
G-BJWN 316 4X-AYL Feb 1982 Harvestair, sold Dec 1989 as ZK-FVD
G-BJWO 334 4X-AYR Feb 1982 Harvestair, sold May 1989 to Chapman Aviation, UK
G-BJWP 399 4X-AYP Feb 1982 Harvestair, sold Feb 1990 as F-OGOV
G-HMCG 847   Oct 1979 Reg’d to Renco Ltd, sold Mar 1982 as N29884

Pictures

Islander G-BCEN seen at Manston in
October 2000. (photo, Ian Haskell)
Islander G-BJWL seen at Southend in the
early 1980s. (photo, David Oates)
BN-2A Islander G-HMCG.
(photo, BN Historians)

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Estación Aérea de Mar del Plata ‘Subprefecto Maximiliano Dax Cosentino’

of the Argentine Coast Guard

History

The unit was formed in 1997. The SA.330L Puma, CASA 212 and AS.365N2 Dauphin II are temporarily based at Mar del Plata.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Aérospatiale SA.330L Puma 1 1997 – Present TDY
CASA 212-300/300MP Aviocar 1 1997 – Present TDY
Aérospatiale AS.365N2 Dauphin II 1 1997 – Present TDY

Unit Markings

EAMP
 

Main Bases

Base Duration
Bartolomé de la Colina IAP/Mar del Plata 1997 – Present

Photographs

None currently available.

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References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2009/2010 (Ian Carroll)

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Estación Aérea de Comodoro Rivadavia ‘Prefecto Mayor Dn. Emilio Eduardo Velázquez Tarlisetti’

of the Argentine Coast Guard

History

The unit was formed in 1990. The SA.330L Puma, CASA 212 and AS.365N2 Dauphin II are temporarily based at Comodoro Rivadavia.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Aérospatiale SA.330L Puma 1 1990 – Present TDY
CASA 212-300/300MP Aviocar 1 1990 – Present TDY
Aérospatiale AS.365N2 Dauphin II 1 1995 – Present TDY

Unit Markings

EACR
 

Main Bases

Base Duration
Base Aérea Comodoro Rivadavia/Comodoro Rivadavia 1990 – Present

Photographs

None currently available.

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References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2009/2010 (Ian Carroll)

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Centro de Extensión Profesional Aeronáutica

of the Argentine Coast Guard

History

The unit was formed on 26.4.1989.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Piper PA-28-181 Archer III 2 1992 – Present 102,103
Schweizer 300C 6 1996 – Present 90-95

Unit Markings

CEPA
 

Main Bases

Base Duration
Aeródromo Don Torcuato/Buenos Aires 1989 – 1996
Base Aérea San Fernando/Buenos Aires 1996 – Present

Photographs

None currently available.

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References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2009/2010 (Ian Carroll)

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Escuadrilla Puma

of the Argentine Coast Guard

History

No unit history known. The remaining helicopter is normally based at Bartolomé de la Colina IAP in Mar del Plata.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Aérospatiale SA.330L Puma 3 1980 – Present 11-13

Unit Markings

Escuadrilla Puma

Main Bases

Base Duration
Base Aérea Oficial Principal Balestra/Puerto Nuevo 1980 – Present

Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2009/2010 (Ian Carroll)

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Escuadrilla Dauphin

of the Argentine Coast Guard

History

No unit history known.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Aérospatiale AS.365N2 Dauphin II 4 1995 – Present 40-43

Unit Markings

Escuadrilla Dauphin

Main Bases

Base Duration
Base Aérea Oficial Principal Balestra/Puerto Nuevo 1995 – Present

Photographs

None currently available.

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References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2009/2010 (Ian Carroll)

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Escuadrilla de Alas Rotativas

of the Argentine Coast Guard

History

No unit history known.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Sikorsky S-51 Dragonfly 1 1957 – 1961 20
Bell 47G/J Sioux 3/2 1962 – n/a 21-25
Hughes 369HS 6 1968 – 1988 30-35
Aérospatiale SA.330L Puma 3 1980 – Present 11-13
Aérospatiale AS.365N2 Dauphin II 4 1995 – Present 40-43

Unit Markings

To be added
 

Main Bases

Base Duration
Base Aérea Oficial Principal Balestra/Puerto Nuevo n/a – Present

Photographs

None currently available.

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References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2009/2010 (Ian Carroll)
  • EAR

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Escuadrilla de Alas Fijas

of the Argentine Coast Guard

History

No unit history known.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Grumman JRF-6B Goose 6 1947 – 1963 PGM-1-PGM-6
Nord 1203 Norécrin 4 1957 – 1963 LQ-FDI,LQ-FDP,LQ-FDU,LQ-FED
de Havilland DH.104 Dove 2 1958 – 1969 11,12
Douglas C-47A/B Dakota 1/1 1963 – 1972 15,16
Short SC-7 Skyvan 5 1971 – 1993 50-54
CASA 212-300/300MP Aviocar 2/3 1988 – Present 61,62,71-73
Piper PA-23-250 Aztec-C 1 1992 – Present 101

Unit Markings

EAF
 

Main Bases

Base Duration
Aeródromo Don Torcuato/Buenos Aires 1957 – 1996
Base Aérea San Fernando/Buenos Aires 1996 – Present

Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2009/2010 (Ian Carroll)

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