Guinea-Bissau Air Force

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Guinea-Bissau Air Force
Força Aérea da Guiné-Bissau
Roundel of Guinea-Bissau.svg
Active1973-2015 (2015 when aircraft stopped flying)
CountryGuinea-Bissau
TypeAir force
RoleDefence
Garrison/HQBissau
Aircraft flown
AttackMig-21, Mig-17, Mig-15UT
Utility helicopterAlouette II, Alouette III
TransportFalcon 20

The Guinea-Bissau Air Force (Portuguese: Força Aérea da Guiné-Bissau) is the air force arm of the military of Guinea-Bissau.

History[edit]

After achieving independence from Portugal, the air force was formed by officers returning from training in Cuba and the USSR. The FAGB was re-equipped by the Soviet Union with a limited aid package in which its first combat aircraft were introduced.

Aircraft condition[edit]

The status of most of the aircraft is unknown.[1] All of the current aircraft are "in storage" at Osvaldo Vieira International Airport along with retired aircraft like the An-2 and Yakovlev Yak-40. The MiG-21s, MiG-17s, MiG-15s and Alouette IIs can be seen in the multiple hangars. The only aircraft in operation is one Mil Mi-8.[1]

Aircraft[edit]

An Alouette III of the FAGB

Current inventory[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Combat Aircraft
MiG-21 Soviet Union fighter / interceptor 4 withdrawn from service 2004[2]
MiG-17 Soviet Union fighter MiG-17F 5 2 placed in storage[3]
MiG-15 Soviet Union fighter / trainer MiG-15UTI 1 1 placed in storage[3]
Transport
Falcon 20 France VIP 2 1 unserviceable[3]
Helicopters
Alouette II France light utility 1 1 placed in storage[3]
Alouette III France liaison 3 2 placed in storage[3]
Mil Mi-8 Soviet Union utility 1 is the only aircraft in service[1]

Former inventory: Yakovlev Yak-40, Dornier Do 27, PZL-Mielec Lim-6, North American T-6, Antonov An-2, Reims-Cessna FTB.337, Douglas DC-3, Antonov An-26, Mil Mi-4

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Pike, John. "Guinea-Bissau Air Force". Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  2. ^ Gordon, Yefim "MiG-21" ISBN 978-1-85780-257-3
  3. ^ a b c d e "World Air Forces 2004 pg. 62". Flightglobal Insight. 2004. Retrieved 2 July 2015.

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