Latvian Air Force (Post-WW2)

Operator Profile


Narrative Summary

Narrative history of the Latvian Air Force

Key Dates

LG Chronology

Current Status

To be added

Future Plans

Acquisition of a total of six Mi-8MTV-1 transport helicopters to replace Mi-2.
Acquisition of some jet training aircraft.
Possible joint purchase with Estonia & Lithuania of some medium-range transport aircraft.


National Insignia

Current — Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Latvian military aircraft carry three-digit numerical serials, with the first number being ‘1’ for the Air Force, e.g. Antonov An-2 ‘148’.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used.

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service


Main Headquarters


Organisational Structure

The Aviacijas Eskadrila (Aviation Squadron) of the Latvian Air Force is divided into one Helicopter Flight and one Transport Flight. The main base is at Lielvarde.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

List of Historical Orders of Battle – to be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The main air base is Lielvarde.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

In addition to the main base, here are also a number of smaller airports and airfields around the country which are sometimes used by the Air Force.
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

More Information


Latvian Military Aviation Bibliography – to be added.


World Air Power Journal No.28 P.30
Air International December 1998
Air Forces Monthly March 1995


wikipedia: Latvian Air Force

Air-Britain Photos: Latvian Air Force

National Markings
Latvian Air Force (Post-WW2)

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the Post-WW2 Latvian Air Force since its formation:

Main MarkingFin Flash

The main marking is displayed on the fuselage sides of helicopters, and in the standard six positions (above and below each wing and each side of the fuselage) on aircraft. The national flag is carried as a rudder flash on some aircraft and helicopters. Neither aircraft or helicopters carry service titles.

Mil Mi-8MTV-1 Hip-H

in Latvian Air Force service


Four Mi-8MTV-1 ordered new from the manufacturer in Ulan-Ude and delivered between 1999 and 2005.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
101 95578 ? 1999  
102 95062 ? 2001  
103 95668 ? 2004  
104 95485 ? 2005  


None available at present.

More Information


  • European Air Forces Directory 2007/2008 (Ian Carroll)

Other Sources