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Republic of Vietnam Air Force
Không lực Việt Nam Cộng hòa
Emblem of the South Vietnamese air force
Founded1955
Disbanded1975
CountrySouth Vietnam Air Force South Vietnam
TypeAir force
RoleAir defense
Air warfare
Size63,000 personnel (at height)
2,075 aircraft (at height)
Part ofSouth Vietnam Air Force Republic of Vietnam Military Forces
Garrison/HQTan Son Nhut Air Base, Saigon
Nickname(s)KLVNCH (VNAF in English)
Motto(s)Tổ Quốc — Không Gian ("Fatherland — Space")
MarchKhông quân Việt Nam hành khúc
Anniversaries1 July (VNAF Day)
EngagementsVietnam War
Cambodian Civil War
Laotian Civil War
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Nguyễn Khánh
Nguyễn Xuân Vinh
Nguyễn Cao Kỳ
Trần Văn Minh
Insignia
Flag
Roundel
Fin Flash
Fin Flash
(type 2)
Aircraft flown
AttackMD 315 Flamant, T-28, A-1, A-37, AC-47, AC-119G/K
BomberB-57 Canberra
Electronic
warfare
EC-47
FighterF8F Bearcat, F-5A/B/C/E
PatrolRepublic RC-3 Seabee
ReconnaissanceRF-5A, MS 500 Criquet, O-1 Bird Dog, O-2 Skymaster, U-17
TrainerT-6, T-28, T-41, T-37, H-13
TransportDassault MD 315 Flamant, C-45, Aero Commander, C-47, DC-6, C-7 Caribou, C-119, C-123, C-130, H-19, H-34, UH-1, CH-47

The South Vietnam Air Force, officially the Republic of Vietnam Air Force (RVNAF; Vietnamese: Không lực Việt Nam Cộng hòa, KLVNCH; French: Force aérienne vietnamienne, FAVN) (sometimes referred to as the Vietnam Air Force or VNAF), was the aerial branch of the Republic of Vietnam Military Forces, the official military of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) from 1955 to 1975.

The RVNAF began with a few hand-picked men chosen to fly alongside French pilots during the State of Vietnam era. It eventually grew into the world's fourth largest air force at the height of its power, in 1974, just behind the Soviet Union, the USA, and the People's Republic of China.[1] Other sources state that VNAF was the sixth largest air force in the world, just behind the Soviet Union, the USA, China, France and West Germany.[2] It is an often neglected chapter of the history of the Vietnam War as they operated in the shadow of the United States Air Force (USAF). It was dissolved in 1975 after the Fall of Saigon; many of its members emigrated to the United States.

  1. ^ Flying Dragons: The South Vietnamese Air Force. Schiffer Publishing, Limited. 2005. ISBN 9780764321580.
  2. ^ Dept. Of the Air Force. U.S. Government Printing Office. 1973.

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