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Current Title: Flyvevåbnet
Title in English: Royal Danish Air Force
Abbreviation: RDanAF


Narrative Summary:
1 July 1912 Army Flying School established. 1 Feb 1923 separate Army Flying Corps formally established. 1932 AFC renamed Haerens Flyvertropper. Many aircraft destroyed on the ground during 9 April 1940 invasion. Escaped aircrews flew with RAF and Swedish AF. HF reformed in 1945 from RAF units, but sharing flying school with Navy. On 1 October 1950 the Royal Danish Air Force was formed combining the Army and Navy air services. 1970 Army, Navy and Air Force placed under unified Defence High Command.

Note: The name of the Danish Airforce is "FLYVEVÅBNET" or in English "Royal Danish Air Force". There is no such thing as "Kongelige Danske Flyvevaaben".

Key Dates:
1 October 1950    Air Force formed from amalgamation of Army and Navy air arms
1950    First jet aircraft delivered - Meteor F.4
1952    First helicopters received - Bell 47

Current Status:
To be added

Future Plans:
Replacement of S-61A Sea Kings with 14 EHI EH-101s.
New transport helicopters for the Danish International Brigade will be purchased.
A fourth C-130J and four extra EH101s are on order.


National Insignia:
Current --- Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):

The Danish military serial numbering system consists of a letter prefix and a three digit mumber. The letter identifies the aircraft type and the number is usually derived from the airframe's construction number or previous identity. The letters are reused once a type has been retired. Where there are significantly different variants of a type in service, an additional letter is added as a suffix to the type designation letter, e.g. E-181 for F-16A and ET-207 for F-16B.


Aircraft Designation System(s):
None - Manufacturers designations used.

Current Aircraft Inventory:
Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List:
Alphabetical Order --- Chronological Order

Aircraft NOT Used:
False reports of aircraft on order or in service


Main Headquarters:
Air Staff, PO Box 202, DK-2950 Vedbaek.

Current Organisational Structure:
The RDanAF is organised into two commands, Tactical Air Command (TACDEN) and Air Materiel Command (AMC). The operational squadrons are controlled by TACDEN (Flyvertaktisk Kommando or FTK), while the Flying School (Flyveskolen) is controlled by AMC.

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 bases currently used are Aalborg, Karup and Skrydstrup.

All-Time Air Bases Used List:
In addition to the main bases, 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


Danish Military Aviation Bibliography - to be added.


World Air Power Journal No.1 p.134


Official Danish Air Force webpage

wikipedia: Danish Air Force

Scramble: Danish Air Force




Air-Britain Photos: Danish Air Force

Virtual Danish Air Force

Royal Danish Air Force EH-101 photo walkaround


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First Created: 20 November 1995 - Last Revised: 21 May 2008
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