Aviation Articles

Below are the latest aviation articles posted, in date order.

Naha – Defending Japan’s Southern Islands

Authors & Photographers: Ian French & Jon Astley Naha Airfield was constructed in 1933 as Oroku Naval Air Base under the command of the Imperial Japanese Navy.  After the end of World War II the airfield was upgraded and became a base for the United States...

Taiwan Air Force

Authors & photographers:  Ian French & Jon Astley The Taiwan Air Force is formally known as the Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) and was established in 1920 as the Aviation Ministry.  The RoCAF was active on mainland China under the Republic of China.  When...

State Emergency Service of Ukraine at Nizhyn

Authors & photographers:  Ian French & Alexander Golz In most countries, the Ministry of the Interior is responsible for disaster recovery and civil protection. In Ukraine a special organisation has been created for this purpose: The State Emergency Service...

15th Transport Aviation Brigade, Kiev-Borispol, Ukraine

Authors: Ian French & Alexander Golz,   Photographer: Ian French The 15th Transport Aviation Brigade is a unit of the Ukraine Air Force and is the successor to the 1st Air Transport Aviation Regiment.  The unit was formed in the Hungarian town of Dunapataj from...

831st Guards Tactical Aviation Brigade at Myrgorod, Ukraine

Authors & photographers:  Ian French & Alexander Golz The 831st Galatskiy Chervonopraporniy order of the Kutuzova 3rd Regiment was established on November 27 in 1941 in Krasnovodsk originally as the 659th Fighter Aviation Regiment.  In 1941 the Regiment was...

Poltava Air Base, Ukraine

Aviation Press visited the former Heavy Bomber Long Range Aviation base at Poltava, Ukraine. Author & photographer: Ian French Poltava air base is located in north eastern Ukraine and was activated in 1940.  However, it fell to German forces in 1941 and they...

Comando Aéreo de Combate 4 at Melgar, Colombia

Author & photographer: Ian French The Escuela de Helicópteros para las Fuerza Armadas (Helicopter School of the Armed Forces) de la Fuerza Aérea Colombiana is located at Melgar – Tolima in central Colombia and is today the largest and most rigorous helicopter...

Comando Aéreo de Mantenimiento at Madrid, Colombia

Author & photographer:  Ian French The Fuerza Aérea Colombiana has its central maintenance depot located at the Major Justino Mariño Cuesto air base at Madrid in central Colombia.  The Air Force is structured into various commands and the facilities at Madrid form...

Comando Aéreo de Combate 7 at Cali, Colombia

This article is dedicated to Captain Pedro Andres Rojas Forero, our guide for the visit, who very sadly died in a gliding accident a week later. Author & Photographer:  Ian French The Escuela Militar de Aviación Marco Fidel Suárez (EMAVI ) of the Fuerza Aérea...

Aviación del Ejército de Colombia

Author & photographer: Ian French The Aviación del Ejército de Colombia is currently organised in two operational Brigades, numbered 25 and 33.  The entire fleet of consists of 135 aircraft: 47 Sikorsky UH-60L, 7 Sikorsky 70i, 20 Mil Mi 17, 14 Bell UH-1N, 23 Bell...

Policía Nacional de Colombia Revisited

Author & photographer:  Ian French The Aérea de Aviacion (ARAVI) of the Policía Nacional de Colombia’s, headquartered at Bogotà – El Dorado, is primarily a counternarcotics force and its parent organisation is the Dirección de Antinarcóticos (DIRAN) which is the...