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.
|14 September 1928||Air Ministry first established.|
|1933?||First aircraft obtained.|
|22 October 1947||Air Ministry merged into Defence Ministry.|
|19??||Flying unit disbanded.|
The flying unit was disbanded.
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.
Coding system not used
None – Manufacturers designations used
Current Aircraft Inventory
All-Time Aircraft Used List
|Aircraft Type||Quantity||Service Entry||Out of Service||Origin|
|Amiot AAC.1 (Ju 52/3m)||?||1945||1949||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|
|Sud Ouest SO.30P||1||1951||19??||France|
(Additional information is welcome).
Aircraft NOT Used
No false reports known.
Ministère de l’Air, Boulevard Victor, Paris.
All aircraft were operated by the flying unit of the Air Ministry.
Current Unit Assignments
Historical Unit Assignments
All-Time Flying Units List
Current Air Bases
All-Time Air Bases Used List
Air bases used include ?.
To be added.
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