The Nigerian Air Force is certainly formidable relative to the West African sub-region. With 17,000 personnel it is one of Africa’s largest and boasts some of the most sophisticated aerial platforms on the continent. The NAF fields some of the continents most advanced and obsolete platforms. With that said the Nigerian Air Force has been very resourceful in using its myriad of ultra modern and near obsolete platforms to build what is among the continents most combat experienced air force on operational terms.
From Sierra-leone, and Liberia to the western reaches of Mali, from the creeks of the Niger Delta, to the arid wastelands of northeast Nigeria, and of recent, the enforcment of an ECOWAS mandate in the Gambia, few places were out of reach for the Nigerian Air Force in the last decade.
Ongoing mission demands in Nigeria against the worlds deadliest terrorist group and peace keeping operations in the region for the last two decades has saddled the force with a high operational tempo, straining its airmen on the ground and taxing its obsolete fleet of combat aircraft.
But they always rise to the occasion.
Below, you can see 25 photos of Nigeria’s Air Force in operation :
The Nigerian Air Force has an active duty personnel of 17,000 men, one of the largest Air Force in Africa.
Chief of Air Staff : Air Marshall Abubakar Sadique
- NAF Tactical Air Command (TAC), with its headquarters at Makurdi, is responsible for interpreting, implementing and controlling NAF operational plans.
- 65 Forward Operations (65 FOB) Badagry
- 64 Air Defence Group (ADG) NAF Makurdi.
- 75 Strike Group (75 STG) YOLA
- 81 Air Maritime Group (81 AMG),
- 97 Special Operations Group (97 SOG), Port Harcourt
- 99 Air Combat Training Group (99 ACTG) Kainji
Nigeria is among the elite few African nations that trains its own combat pilots with some of the continents best pilot traiing schools.
301 Flying Training School,
Kaduna303 Flying Training School,
Kano305 Helicopter Group, Enugu.
325 Ground Training Centre, Kaduna.