Central African Republic Air Force
|Central African Republic Air Force|
|Country||Central African Republic|
|Part of||Central African Republic Armed Forces|
The Air Force is reported to be almost inactive due to the unserviceability of its aircraft. Dassault Mirage F1s of the French Air Force regularly patrol troubled regions of the country and also participate in direct confrontations. According to some sources, former President François Bozizé used the money he got from the mining concession in Bakouma to buy two old Mil Mi-8 helicopters from Ukraine and one Lockheed C-130 Hercules, built in the 1950s, from the USA. The air force otherwise operates several light aircraft, including a single helicopter:
|Aermacchi AL-60||Italy||utility||AL-60C-5 Conestoga||6|
|Britten-Norman Islander||United Kingdom||Utility||BN-2||2|||
|Eurocopter AS 350 Ecureuil||France||utility helicopter||AS 350B||1||Acquired in 1987|
- – Inter-agency Mission to Birao (CAR): 16 to 23 January 2007
- – Centrafrique : Bozizé ou la chronique d’une chute annoncée, 2004
- "World Military Aircraft Inventory", Aerospace Source Book 2007, Aviation Week & Space Technology, January 15, 2007.
- Hoyle Flight International 13–19 December 2011, p. 36.
- Hoyle, Craig. "World Air Forces Directory". Flight International, Vol. 180 No. 5321, 13–19 December 2011. pp. 26–52.
- World Aircraft Information Files. Brightstar Publishing, London. File 338 Sheet 02