Guinea-Bissau Air Force

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Guinea-Bissau Air Force
Roundel of Guinea-Bissau.svg
Active1973-2015 (2015 when aircraft stopped flying)
TypeAir force
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.


On leaving Bissalanca by 1973-1974, the Portuguese Air Force left three North American T-6Gs.[1]

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. Five MiG-17s and two MiG-15UTI trainers entered service with a single Mil Mi-8 helicopter. In 1978 France provided more aircraft aid in the form of a Reims-Cessna FTB.337 for coastal patrol and a surplus Alouette III. A Dassault Falcon 20F was donated by the Angolan government but was soon sold to the United States. In the late 1980s a similar number of MiG-21s replaced the MiG-17s, also delivered an Antonov An-24, a Yakovlev Yak-40 and another Mi-8 helicopter. In the early 90s they received ex-polish PZL-Mielec Lim-6 Fresco fighter bombers from Poland and East Germany.

The force's title was changed to Força Aérea da Guiné-Bissau (FAGB) after the outbreak of the civil war in 1998[2]. Cooper and Weinert state 'when sighted for the last time in ..1991, most of the MiG fleet was in 'storage' inside several hangars on the military side of Bissalanca IAP (Osvaldo Vieira International Airport), and in a deteriorating condition.[3]

As of 2015, Guinea-Bissau has no aircraft in flying condition, with the last known type a SE.3105 helicopter, which ceased operating in 2011.[4]

Aircraft condition[edit]

The status of most of the aircraft is unknown.[4] 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.[4]


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MiG-21 Soviet Union fighter / interceptor 4 withdrawn from service 2004[5]
MiG-17 Soviet Union fighter MiG-17F 5 2 placed in storage[6]
MiG-15 Soviet Union fighter / trainer MiG-15UTI 1 1 placed in storage[6]
Falcon 20 France VIP 2 1 unserviceable[6]
Alouette II France light utility 1 1 placed in storage[6]
Alouette III France liaison 3 2 placed in storage[6]
Mil Mi-8 Soviet Union utility 1 is the only aircraft in service[4]

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


  1. ^ Cooper and Weinert 2010, 207
  2. ^ Cooper and Weinert 2010, 207
  3. ^ Cooper and Weinert 2010, 210
  4. ^ a b c d Pike, John. "Guinea-Bissau Air Force". Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  5. ^ Gordon, Yefim "MiG-21" ISBN 978-1-85780-257-3
  6. ^ a b c d e "World Air Forces 2004 pg. 62". Flightglobal Insight. 2004. Retrieved 2 July 2015.

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