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Guinea Air Force
Roundel of Guinea.svg
Country Flag of Guinea.svg Guinea
Service history
Active 1959-Present
Role Aerial warfare
Size 10 Aircraft
Nickname GAF
Battles Sierra Leone Civil War
Portuguese invasion of Guinea
Commanders
Insignia
The Guinea Air Force (French: Force Aérienne de Guinée) is the air force of Guinea.

HistoryEdit

After achieving independence from France in 1958, the Force Aerienne de Guinea was formed with Soviet assistance in the delivery of 10 MiG-17F fighters and two MiG-15UTI trainers. In the same era an An-2, An-12, An-14, Il-14 and Il-18V transports were delivered, Mil Mi-4 helicopters also entered service. Other eastern bloc deliveries included three Aero L-29 jet trainers, six Yak-11s and Romania contributed licensed built IAR-316 Alouette III and two IAR-330L Puma transport helicopters. Further Soviet aid was requested when Conakry Airport was opened for use by Soviet Naval Aviation maritime reconnaissance aircraft.[1] This resulted in the delivery of eight MiG-21PFMs and a MiG-21U in 1986 to replace the remaining MiG-17s. The main airbase where the MiG-21's are is at Conakry Airport.[2]

InventoryEdit

Current InventoryEdit

Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Combat Aircraft
MiG-21 Soviet Union fighter 3[3]
Helicopters
Mil Mi-17 Russia transport 2[3]
Mil Mi-24 Russia attack Mi-25 3[3]
AS330 Puma France liaison 1[3]
Aérospatiale Gazelle France armed scout 1[3]

Retired Inventory: Antonov An-2, Antonov An-12, Antonov An-14, Ilyushin Il-18, Aero L-29, Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17, IAR-316 Alouette III, Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15, Mil Mi-4, Yakovlev Yak-11.

ReferencesEdit

  1. World Aircraft Information Files, Brightstar publishing London, File 338 sheet 4
  2. Pike, John. "Guinea Air Force". https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/africa/gn-af.htm. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "World Air Forces 2017 pg. 10". Flightglobal Insight. 2017. https://www.flightglobal.com/asset/14484. Retrieved 17 October 2017. 


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