Armed Forces Overviews
Philippine Air Force history
Philippine Air Force history
A gaggle of 7 Tactical Fighter Squadron ‘Bulldogs’ F-8H Crusaders in formation over the Philippines.
Photo: January 1979, collection Dick Lohuis
Antonio Bautista Air Base (RPVP)
Palawan
Rwy: 09/27
Pos: 09°44'32"N 118°45'31"E
Elev: 71 ft
Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
300 Air Intelligence & Security Wing

Air Recoinnaissance Squadron
? - present ScanEagle
Basa Air Base (RPUF)
Pampanga
Rwy: 03/21
Pos: 14°59'12"N 120°29'30"E
Elev: 151 ft
Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
5 Fighter Group

-
? - 22Sep51 L-5
C-47
T-6
renamed 5 Fighter Wing


6 Fighter Squadron
24Oct47 - 22Sep51 P-51D (1947->)


7 Fighter Squadron
24Oct47 - 22Sep51 P-51D (1947->)


8 Fighter Squadron
1Aug51 - 22Sep51 P-51D (1951->)
5 Fighter Wing

-
22 Sep51 - ? C-47 ?


6 (Tactical) Fighter Squadron 'Cobras'
22Sep51 - 2005 P-51D (->?)
F-86F (31Aug57-67)
F-5A/B (25Oct66-Sep05)
disbanded


7 (Tactical) Fighter Squadron 'Bulldogs'
22Sep51 - 2005 P-51D (->?)
F-86F (Oct58->?)
F-8H (79-7Apr88)
AS.211 (1994->?)
relocated to Clark


8 Tactical Fighter Squadron 'Scorpion'
22Sep51 - 1960 ? P-51D (->?) redesignated 8 Fighter Interceptor Squadron


6 TFS / Blue Diamonds
Nov53 - Dec54 P-51D disbanded


105 Combat Crew Training Squadron 'Blackjack'
Aug55 - 2005 T-33A
RT-33A (70->?)
S.211
relocated to Clark


6 TFS / Blue Diamonds
1957 - 1967 F-86F disbanded


8 Fighter Interceptor Squadron 'Vampire'
1960 ? - 7Jan68 F-86D disbanded


9 Tactical Fighter Squadron 'Limbas'
1962 - 1988 F-86F (62->?)
T-34A (75?-88)
disbanded


6 TFS / Blue Diamonds
1968 -2005 F-5A/B disbanded


7 TFS / Red Aces
1971 - 1974 F-86F merged with Golden Sabres and called The Sabres


9 TFS / Golden Sabres
1972 - 1974 F-86F merged with Red Aces and called The Sabres


The Sabres
1974 - 197 . ? F-86F disbanded


7 TFS / Red Aces
1996 - ? S.211
AS.211
disbanded
5th Fighter Wing

105 Fighter Training Squadron 'Blackjack'
20July17 - present AS.211


7 Tactical Fighter Squadron 'Bulldogs'
12Oct18 - present FA-50PH
P-51D Mustang 44-73007 of the 5th Fighter Wing at Nichols, 14 December 1957.
Photo: Derek Wilson
5 Fighter Wing C-47 348076.
Photo: unknown
F-86F 24832/832 in the colors of the 7 TFS demo-team ‘Red Aces’.
Photo: collection Dick Lohuis
Weathered T-33A 0-29806 of the 105 CCTS.
Photo: Basa, June 1979, Chris Pocock
It can’t be called a real fighter this 9 TFS T-34A 086.
Photo: Basa, May 1980, Chris Pocock
6 TFS F-5A 69150 with fading markings of its demo-team ‘Blue Diamonds’ on the nose.
Photo: Basa, 16 December 1987, Robbie Shaw
Cauayan Air Base (RPUY)
Rwy: 12/30
Pos: 16°55'45"N 121°45'13"E
Elev: 200 ft
Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
505 Search & Rescue Group

Advanced Post
? - present AUH-76
Clark Airfield (RPLC)
Rwy: 02L/20R, 02R/20L
Pos: 15°11'10"N 120°33'37"E
Elev: 478 ft
Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
5 Tactical Fighter Group

7 Tactical Fighter Squadron 'Bulldogs'
2005 - 20July17 AS.211 (->15)
FA-50PH (15->)
renamed 5th Fighter Wing


105 Combat Crew Training Squadron 'Blackjack'
2005 - 2015 AS.211 renamed 105 Fighter Training Squadron
Air Education & Training Command

101 Pilot Training Squadron
2011 - 23Aug16 T-41B
T-41D
5 Tactical Fighter Group

105 Fighter Training Squadron 'Blackjack'
2015 - 20July17 AS.211 relocated to Basa
Air Education, Training & Doctrine Command

101 Pilot Training Squadron
23Aug16 - present T-41B
T-41D
5th Fighter Wing

7 Tactical Fighter Squadron 'Bulldogs'
20July17 - 12Oct18 FA-50PH relocated to Basa
Danielo Atienza Air Base (RPLS)
Cavite
Rwy: 07/25
Pos: 14°29'43"N 120°54'14"E
Elev: 8 ft
Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
240 Composite Wing

291 Special Air Mission Squadron
15May72 - 16Jan87 DHC-2 merged with 15 Strike Wing


601 Liaison Squadron
U-17/B
BN-2A (Mar76->)
15 Strike Wing

-
26Nov73 - 1974 T-28
T-34A
split up into squadrons


16 Attack Squadron 'Eagles'
1Aug74 - present (A)T-28D (18Oct74-Nov91)
OV-10A (12Nov91->)
OV-10C (Aug03->)


17 Attack Squadron
1Oct74 - 1Aug85 T-34A (1Oct74-75)
SF-260W (Feb75-1Aug85)
disbanded


302 Special Operation Squadron
16Oct74 - ? T-28D (18Oct74->) disbanded


25 Attack Squadron 'Lobos'
29Mar76 - 1Oct83 (A)T-28D disbanded


27 Search, Rescue & Reconnaissance Squadron 'Albatros'
1May76 - ? HU-16B (->?)
C-47
F-27-200MPA (16Jan87->)
disbanded


505 Air Rescue Squadron
1Apr84 - 16July87 AUH-76 transferred to 205 Helicopter Wing


601 Liaison Squadron
16Jan87 - 15July90 U-17A/B
BN-2A
disbanded


20 Air Commando Squadron
17Jan89 - 15Dec93 AUH-76
MD520MG (93->)
renamed 20 Assault Squadron


18 Tactical Air Support Squadron
2May90 - 15Dec93 MD520MG (1Oct90->) renamed 18 Assault Squadron


17 Attack Squadron 'Jaguars'
1992 - 1Apr97 (A)T-28D (->92)
OV-10A
disbanded


20 Assault Squadron
15Dec93 - 28Apr03 AUH-76 (->Apr96)
MD520MG (94->)
renamed 20 Attack Squadron


18 Assault Squadron
15Dec93 - 1996 MD520MG renamed 18 Attack Squadron


18 Attack Squadron 'Falcons'
1996 - present MD520MG


17 Attack Squadron 'Jaguars'
16July01 - present SF260TP


20 Attack Squadron 'Firebirds'
28Apr03 - present MD520MG
AH-1F (o/o)
Danielo Atienza AB was fomally known as Sangley Point AB
15 Strike Wing badge adorns the tail of AT-28D-5 13782.
Photo: Sangley Point, January 1980, Chris Pocock
On 1 August 1985 when 17 Attack Squadron was de-activated its SF-260WPs were transferred to the 102 Pilot Student Squadron at Fernando
Photo: Sangley Point, January 1980, Chris Pocock
A large grasshopper is painted on the fuselage of 240 Composite Wing/601 Liaison Squadron U-17A 68532.
Photo: Chris Pocock
Moments for touch-down of 601 Liaison Squadron BN-2A 508.
Photo: collection Dick Lohuis
Gun-pods equipped AUH-76 of the 20 Air Commando Squadron.
Photo: 23 March 1992, Peter Steineman
Davao/Francisco Bangoy (RPMD)
Rwy: 05/23
Pos: 07°07'32"N 125°38'45"E
Elev: 96 ft
Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
505 Search & Rescue Group

5053 Search & Rescue Squadron
1996 ? - present Bell 205A-1
Bell 214B
UH-1H
AUH-76
W-3A
8058 is one of two Bell 214B models used for the SAR tasking.
Photo: March 1992, Peter Steineman
Edwin Andrews Air Base (RPMZ)
Zamboanga
Rwy: 09/27
Pos: 06°55'20"N 122°03'34"E
Elev: 29 ft
Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
530 Air Base Group

-
? - ? HU-16B/C amalgamated in to 505 ARS/205 CW
205 Tactical Operations Wing

206 Tactical Operations Squadron 'Hornets'
1July94 - 2Apr01 UH-1H renamed 205 Tactical Helicopter Wing
205 Tactical Helicopter Wing

206 Tactical Helicopter Squadron 'Hornets'
2Apr01 - present UH-1H
15 Strike Wing

25 Composite Attack Squadron 'Lobos'
7July04 - present OV-10
MD520MG
SF260TP
Fernando Air Base (RPUL)
Lipa
Rwy: 03/21
Pos: 13°57'30"N 121°07'50"E
Elev: 1120 ft
Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
100 Training Wing

101 Pilot Training Squadron 'Layangs'
22Sep52 - 1997 PT-13 (->59)
T-34A (59-68)
T-41D (68->)
re-located to Rajah Bauyan


102 Pilot Student Squadron 'Musang'
22Sep52 - 22Sep99 T-6 (55->?)
T-28D
SF260MP (73->?)
SF260WP (85->)
SF260TP (July93->)
renamed Air Education & Training Command
Air Education & Training Command

102 Pilot Student Squadron 'Cougars'
22Sep99 - 23Aug16 SF260WP (->10)
SF260TP (->01)
SF260FH (4Nov10->)
renamed Air Education, Training & Doctrine Command
Air Education, Training & Doctrine Command

102 Pilot Student Squadron 'Cougars'
23 Aug 2016 - present SF260FH
The 102 PTS have used different versions of the SIAI Marchetti SF-260. One of these is this WP model 636/15-36.
Photo: October 1980, Chris Pocock
Kamina-Base (FZSA)
Rwy: 10/28 (dirt)
Pos: 08°43'44"S 024°59'32"E
Elev: 3697 ft
Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
United Nations Operation in the Congo

9 Tactical Fighter Squadron 'Limbas'
Feb63 - May63 F-86F ended
Four 'Limbas' Squadron F-86Fs on the flightline at Kamina.
Photo: Francis Karem Elazegui Neri
Laoag International Airport (RPLI)
Laoag City
Rwy: 01/19
Pos: 18°10'41"N 120°31'53"E
Elev: 20 ft
Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
205 Tactical Operations Wing

207 Tactical Operations Squadron 'Stinger'
1July94 - ? UH-1H relocated to Manila
505 Search & Rescue Group

5056 Search & Rescue Squadron
1996 ? - present Bell 205A-1
UH-1H
AUH-76
W-3A
Mactan-Benito Ebuen Air Base (RPVM)
Cebu
Rwy: 04/22
Pos: 10°18'36"N 123°58'54"E
Elev: 36ft
Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
220 Heavy Airlift Wing

204 Air Transport Squadron
1June73 - 1July82 C-47 disbanded


206 Air Transport Squadron
1June73 - 1July82 F27-200 disbanded


221 Heavy Airlift Squadron
1June73 - 1July82 C-123B
C-123K
renamed 221 Airlift Squadron


222 Heavy Airlift Squadron
10Oct73 - 1July82 C-130H (22Mar74->)
L-100-20
renamed 222 Airlift Squadron


223 Tactical Airlift Squadron
12May75 - 1July82 N-22B renamed 223 Airlift Squadron
220 Airlift Wing

221 Airlift Squadron 'Fokkers'
1July82 - present C-47
F27-200MPA
F27-500RF (05->)
C-295M (30Mar15->)
F-27-100 (Dec18->)


222 Airlift Squadron 'Hercules'
1July82 - present C-130B
C-130H
L-100-20 (->?)
C-130T (Apr16->)



223 Airlift Squadron 'Nomads'
1July82 - present N-22B/C
BN-2A (11Feb92->?)
NC-212i (8June18->)
205 Tactical Operations Wing

208 Tactical Operations Squadron
1July94 - 2Apr01 UH-1H renamed 205 Tactical Helicopter Wing


210 Helicopter Training Squadron
UH-1H
205 Tactical Helicopter Wing

208 Tactical Helicopter Squadron 'Daggers'
2Apr01 - present UH-1H
W-3A (Feb12-16)


210 Tactical Training Squadron 'Breeders'
UH-1H
Before transferred to the Philippine Air Force C-47A 330717 was used by the USAF for covert operations in the early sixties in South East Asia.
Photo: Chris Pocock
C-123k Provider 54-632 of the 221 Heavy Airlift Squadron
Photo: Chris Pocock
L-100-20 RP-97 took up later the serial of 3946.
Photo: April 1975, Phil Gaylor
Manila/Ninoy Aquino Intl (RPLL)
Col. Jesus A. Villamor AB, Pasay City
Rwy: 06/24, 13/31
Pos: 14°30'36"N 121°00'50"E
Elev: 75ft
Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
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1 Troop Carrier Squadron
1Sep45 - 1Oct52 L-5
C-47
renamed 601 Liason Squadron
205 Composite Group

206 Troop Carrier Squadron
24Oct47 - 22Sep52 C-47 renamed 205 Composite Wing
205 Composite (Tactical) Wing

206 Troop Carrier Squadron
22Sep52 - 6June67 C-47 renamed 206 Air Transport Squadron


601 Liaison Squadron
1Oct52 - ? L-5


505 Air Rescue Squadron
12Dec56 - 1May76 H-19
HU-16
joined 15 Strike Wing


206 Air Transport Squadron
6June67 - 1June73 C-47 over to 220 Heavy Airlift Wing


7001 Detachment
2Sep68 - 13Apr72 C-47
F27-100
S-62
UH-1H (Aug69->)
renamed 7001 Presidential Airlift Squadron


Composite Air Commando Squadron
1969 - ? UH-1H disbanded
xxxx

7001 Presidential Airlift Squadron
13Apr72 - 10Dec74 F27-100
BAC 1-11
S-62
UH-1H
upgraded to 700 Special Mission Wing
240 Composite Wing

303 Air Reconnaissance Squadron
15May72 - 16Jan87 AC-47 amalgamated in to 15 Strike Wing


901 Weather squadron
1976 - 1980 C-47
Ce T210G
renamed Air Force Weather Service
205 Airlift Wing

203 Air Transport Squadron
1June73 - 10Oct73 C-47 redesignated 222 Heavy Airlift Squadron


204 Air Transport Squadron
1June73 - 1July82 F27-200 disbanded


206 Air Transport Squadron
1June73 - 1July82 C-47
F27-200
disbanded


207 Air Transport Squadron
C-47 disbanded


208 Air Transport Squadron 'Stinger'
F27-200 disbanded


505 Air Rescue Squadron
UH-1H
Bo105C
Self-Reliance Development Group

-
23May73 - 2Sep77 renamed Air Force Research and Development Center
Reserve Airlift & Tactical Support Group

-
1973 - 1May82 Ce180 redesignated Reserve Airlift Support Unit
700 Special Mission Wing

701 Special Airlift Squadron
10Dec74 - 10July86 F27-100
YS-11A-523 (26Sep76->)
B707-321 (24Apr77-82?)
UH-1H (-> - 1981)
SA330L (1979 - ->)
Falcon 20F (1980 - ->)
F28-3000 (1980 - ->)
Bell 205A-1 (1981 - ->)
S-70A-5 (1984 - ->)
renamed 250 Presidential Airlift Wing
Air Force Research & Development Center

-
2Sep77 - present AJI T-160 Super Pinto
SF260
S-76A (84->?)
Air Force Weather Service

-
1980 - 1Nov87 Ce T210G renamed Air Force Weather Group
205 Helicopter Wing

206 Helicopter Squadron
1July82 - 1July94 UH-1H renamed 205 Tactical Operations Wing & relocated to Mactan


207 Helicopter Squadron
UH-1H


208 Helicopter Squadron
UH-1H
15 Strike Wing

20 Air Commando Squadron
1Oct83 - 17Jan89 AUH-76 moved to Sangley Point


505 Air Rescue Squadron
16July87 - 15Feb96 Bell 214B
BN-2A
UH-1H
AUH-76
upgraded to 505 Search & Rescue Group
250 Presidential Airlift Wing

251 Special Airlift Squadron
16July86 - 24June98 AUH-76
F27-100
F28-3000
Falcon 20F (->24Apr96)
YS-11A-523 (->June96)
SA330L (->97?)
Bell 205A-1
Bell 212
S-70A-5
S-76A (->98)
Bell 412HP (June94->)
Bell 412EP (96->)
renamed 250 Special Airlift Wing
Air Force Weather Group

901 Weather squadron
1Feb89 - 1June90 Ce T210G renamed 900 Weather Service Group
900 Weather Service Group

901 Weather squadron
16Oct91 - 1June95 Ce T210G
T-41D (Mar95?->)
renamed 900 Air Force Weather Group
300 Air Intelligence & Security Group

303 Air Reconnaissance Squadron
1993 ? - 2018 RC 690 (Nov93->)
Ce 208B ISR (27July17->)
renamed 300 Air Intelligence & Security Wing
900 Air Force Weather Group

901 Weather squadron
1June95 - present T-41D
LC-210
Ce T210G
505 Search & Rescue Group

5051 Search & Rescue Squadron
15Feb96 - present Bell 205A-1
AUH-76
UH-1H
S-70A-5 (17->)
250 Special Airlift Wing

252 Presidential Airlift Squadron
24June98 - 15Sep98 F27-100
F28-3000
renamed 250 Presidential Airlift Wing


253 Presidential Airlift Squadron
Bell 412HP
Bell 412EP
S-70A-5
250 Presidential Airlift Wing

251 Presidential Airlift Squadron
15Sep98 - present F27-100 (->Dec18)
F28-3000


252 Presidential Airlift Squadron
S-70A-5 (->17)
Bell 412HP
Bell 412EP
205 Tactical Helicopter Wing

207 Tactical Helicopter Squadron 'Stingers'
? - present UH-1D
UH-1H
Bell 412EP (15->)
300 Air Intelligence & Security Wing

303 Air Reconnaissance Squadron
2018 - present RC 690
Ce 208B ISR
Manila/Ninoy Aquino was fomally known as Nichols/Jesus A. Villamor
HU-16B 10019 still wears the colors of its former employee, the US Coast Guard.
Photo: Chris Pocock
Cessna 180 31596 of the Reserve Airlift and Tactical Support Group (RATSG).
Photo: collection Dick Lohuis
For feasibility studies to produce a locally manufactured trainer the AFRDC obtained AJI T-160 Super Pinto 44233.
Photo: Manila, November 1978, Chris Pocock
Falcon 20F RP-C1980 was damaged beyond repair in a take-off accident at Davao on 24 April 1996.
Photo: Paris-Le Bourget, September 1980, Christian Boisselon
VC-47D 48301 is an ex US Navy VIP aircraft.
Photo: Manila, April 1981, Chris Pocock
This 164 is a locally licence-built Bo 105C by the Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation.
Photo: Manila, April 1981, Chris Pocock
F27-200 Friendship 10148 carries the badge of the 208 ATS above the crew-entry door and the one of the 205 AW on the tail.
Photo: Manila, May 1981, Chris Pocock
B 205A-1 RP-C-323 of the 251 Special Airlift Squadron.
Photo: Manila, May 1998, Bernard Zimmer
Rajah Buayan Air Base (RPMB)
General Santos, South Cotabato
Rwy: 01/19
Pos: 06°06'20"N 125°14'02"E
Elev: 28ft
Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
100 Training Wing

101 Pilot Training Squadron 'Wildcats'
1997 - 22Sep99 T-41D renamed Air Education & Training Command
Air Education & Training Command

101 Pilot Training Squadron 'Wildcats'
22Sep99 - 2011 T-41D
T-41B (4Mar09->)
re-located to Clark
Southern Luzon
Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
205 Tactical Operations Wing

209 Tactial Operations Squadron 'Hawkeye'
1July94 - ? UH-1H disbanded
505 Search & Rescue Group

5053 Search & Rescue Squadron
1996 ? - present AUH-76
W-3A
Tagbilaran (RPVT)
Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
205 Tactical Operations Wing

211 Attack Helicopter Squadron 'Totolan'
1July94 - ? UH-1H disbanded
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