Air Guard
Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force

 

Key Facts

Short Name:
Nickname: unknown
Main Role: Multi-role
Secondary Role: -
First Formed: 1966
Parent Unit: Defence Force HQ
Current Status: Active

History

The Air Wing of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Coast Guard was formed in 1966 with a Cessna 337. In early 1973 helicopters were purchased with the intention to operate them from the Chaguaramas Heliport. This resulted in the division of the Air Wing with the Fixed Wing Flight based at Piarco Airport, Port of Spain, and the helicopter unit based at Heliport Chaguaramas. The operations of the Rotary Wing Flight were transferred to civilian control in 1976 when it was renamed the Air Division of the Ministry of National Security. In 1977 the Air Wing became a separate branch of the TTDF. The Air Wing was renamed Air Guard on 1.8.2005.

Subordinate Units

None.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Cessna 337 (O-2A) Skymaster 1 1966 – 1972 TTDF-1(1)
Cessna 402 Utililiner 1 1972 – 1998 201
SNIAS SA-341G/H Gazelle 1/2 1973 – 1995 9Y-TFN,9Y-TFO,9Y-TGU
Cessna 310 1 1985 – n/a 202
Cessna 172 Skyhawk 1 1991 – 1998 9Y-TES
Piper PA-31 Navajo 2 2000 – 2010 203, 204
Swearingen C-26B Metroliner 2 2000 – Present 215, 216
AgustaWestland AW139 4 2011 – Present 9Y-AG311, 9Y-AG312
9Y-AG313, 9Y-AG314


Unit Markings

Figure 1
To be added


Main Bases

Base Duration
Crown Point IAP/Scarborough/Tobago 1966 – Present


Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/2007 (Ian Carroll)

Other Sources

To be added.

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