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National Air Force of Angola
Força Aérea Nacional Angolana
Active 21 January 1976 –
Country Angola
Size 285–348 aircraft
Garrison/HQ Luanda(?)
General Francisco Lopes Gonçalves Afonso
Roundel Angola-roundel.svg
Aircraft flown
Attack Su-25, Su-22, Mi-24/35
Fighter Su-27, MiG-23, MiG-21
Patrol Fokker F27, EMB-110
Trainer Yak-11, PC-7, Tucano
Transport L-100, An-12, An-26, C.212, Mi-8

The National Air Force of Angola (Portuguese: Força Aérea Nacional Angolana, FANA) is the air branch of the Armed Forces of Angola. Angola became independent from Portugal on 11 November 1975. However, the foundations for the establishment of the air force were laid before independence when members of the then Flying Club of Angola were assembled at Luanda in October 1975.[1] These people and aircraft left behind by the Portuguese Air Force formed the basis for the air transport branch of the force.

The force was formally established on 21 January 1976 as the People's Air and Air Defence Force of Angola (Força Aérea Popular de Angola/Defesa Aérea e Antiaérea (FAPA/DAA)). Its first batch of Soviet MiG fighter aircraft was delivered in mid-December 1975.[1] The FAPA/DAA fought several battles with South African Air Force aircraft in November 1981, October 1982, and twice in September 1987.[2]

The FAN has bases at Luanda, Belas, Luena, Kuito, Lubango and Mocamedesdisambiguation needed. The World Factbook, produced by the CIA, reported that by 2007 the name of the force had changed to "National Air Force".[3]

Most of the inventory is out of service, and refers to historical equipment delivered along the years. FAN has many bases – most of them, former Portuguese Air Force bases and other courtesy of the cold war – but few airplanes that actually fly. The main body of the active air force is made of transport/cargo planes, used for moving supplies, equipment and personnel between parts of the country.

Aircraft Inventory

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21bis April 29, 1993

File:Angolan EMB-312.ogv

EMB-312 Tucano flight

Aircraft Type Versions In service[4] Notes
Fighter Aircraft
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 Fishbed Fighter
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 Flogger Fighter MiG-23ML 26
Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker Air superiority fighter
from Belarus[5]
Sukhoi Su-30 Air superiority fighter Su-30K 0 18 on order[6]
Ground Attack
Sukhoi Su-22 Fitter Ground attack Su-22M4 8
Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot Ground attack Su-25K 8
EMB-314 Super Tucano Light attack A-29 3 3 more on order[7]
Trainer Aircraft
Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer Trainer PC-7 12
Yakovlev Yak-11 Moose Trainer Yak-11 11
Embraer EMB-312 Tucano Trainer EMB-312 5
Maritime patrol
Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirante Maritime patrol EMB-111 2
Fokker F27 Friendship Maritime patrol F27MPA 1
Ilyushin Il-76 Candid Transport Il-76 1 Crashed on 27 August 2009
Antonov An-32 Cline Transport An-32 3
Antonov An-26 Curl Transport An-26 12
CASA C.212 Aviocar Transport Total
IAR BN-2 Islander Transport IAR BN-2A 8
Antonov An-12 Cub Transport An-12 10
Pilatus PC-6 Porter Transport PC-6/B 4
Lockheed L-100 Hercules Transport L-100-30 1
Dornier Do 228 Transport Do 228 1
Cessna 172 Skyhawk Utility Cessna 172 3
Dornier Do 28 Utility Do 28 1
Embraer ERJ-135 VIP Transport ERJ-135BJ Legacy 600 1[8]
Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia VIP Transport EMB-120 1[8][9] Crashed on 14 September 2011
Mil Mi-24 Hind Attack helicopter Total
Mil Mi-8 Hip transport helicopter Mi-8 48
Aérospatiale SA 315 Alouette II Utility helicopter SA 315B 2
IAR 316 Alouette III Utility helicopter IAR 316B 15
Aérospatiale SA 365 Dauphin Utility helicopter SA 365C 10
Aérospatiale SA 342 Gazelle Utility helicopter SA 342M 7
Bell 212 Twin Huey Utility helicopter Bell 212 8

Accidents and incidents

On 14 September 2011, an Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia, operated by the Angolan Air Force, crashed just after takeoff from Nova Lisboa Airport,[10] killing 11 army officers (including three generals, among them Kalias Pedro) and six civilians.[11][12] The accident occurred at 11:30 am at the airport, with a military delegation on board the flight at Albano Machado Airport.[13] It had first been flown in 2002. At the time of the accident, the plane had a tail number of T-500 and a C/n/msn of 120359.[10]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Cooper, Tom & Weinert, Peter (2010). African MiGs: Volume I: Angola to Ivory Coast. Harpia Publishing LLC. p. 17. ISBN 978-0-9825539-5-4. 
  2. Cooper and Weinert 2010, 52, 54, 60.
  3. "Non official site with history of FAN".,%2035%20anos%20%2821-01-1976%20a%2021-01-2011%29/. Retrieved 21 August 2011.  (Portuguese)
  4. "Aviation Week & Space Technology 2009". 26 January 2009. Retrieved 25 July 25, 2009. 
  6. Angola Inks $1Bln Arms Deals With Russia -, 16 October 2013
  7. First Three A-29 Super Tucano to the National Air Force of Angola -, January 31, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 Dominic Perry (14 September 2011). "Angolan air force Embraer transport crashes". Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  9. Embraer Reports Third-Quarter 2007 Deliveries and Updates Order Book
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Accident Description". Aviation Safety Network. 14 September 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  11. "Angola: Huambo air force plane crash kills generals". 15 September 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2012 
  12. "Angola army says 17 killed in air crash". 14 September 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  13. "17 Killed in Wednesay Air Force plane crash". Angola Press Agency. 15 September 2011.,d2a26ba7-a8ee-496a-a10c-1c706e9309f8.html. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 

Further reading

  • Cooper, Tom & Weinert, Peter (2010). African MiGs: Volume I: Angola to Ivory Coast. Harpia Publishing LLC. ISBN 978-0-9825539-5-4. 

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