Suvarna Garge (Editor)

Ghana Air Force

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
Country  Ghana
Size  24 aircraft
GHF HQ  Burma Camp
Role  Aerial warfare
Allegiance  Constitution of Ghana
Type  Air Force
Part of  Ghana Armed Forces
Founded  29 July 1959
Trainer  Hongdu JL-8
Ghana Air Force Ghana air force receives Chinesemade helicopters YouTube

Chief of the Air Staff  Air Vice Marshall Maxwell Mantsebi-Tei Nagai
Transports  EADS CASA C-295, Fokker F28 Fellowship
Similar  Ghana Armed Forces, Ghana Army, Ghana Navy, Namibian Air Force, Cameroon Air Force

Ghana air force receives chinese made helicopters

The Ghana Air Force (GHF) is the aerial warfare organizational military branch of the Ghanaian Armed Forces (GAF). The GHF, along with the Ghanaian army (GA) and Ghanaian navy (GN), make up the Ghanaian Armed Forces (GAF) which are controlled by the Ghanaian Ministry of Defence (MoD).


Ghana Air Force GHANA AIR FORCE IN PICTURES Beegeagle39s Blog


Ghana Air Force Ghana Air Force K 8 Jet GHANA ARMED FORCES Pinterest Ghana

The GHF (Ghana Air Force) started on 24 July 1959 as a Flying Training School with Israeli instructors and technicians. The School was established as a cradle of a service to complement the Army and the Navy. Later that year a headquarters was established in Accra under the command of Indian Air commodore Jaswant Singh who was appointed as the first Chief of Air Staff (CAS). In 1960 Royal Air Force personnel took up the task of training the newly established Ghana Air Force and in 1961 they were joined by a small group of Royal Canadian Air Force personnel. In September 1961 as part of President Kwame Nkrumah's Africanization program, a Ghanaian CAS was appointed, with the first being J.E.S. de Graft-Hayford. Although born in the U.K. he was of Ghanaian descent.

Ghana Air Force The Aviationist Photo New Ghana Air Force Casa 295 on delivery flight

The Ghana Air Force was in the beginning equipped with a squadron of Chipmunk trainers, and squadrons of Beavers, Otters and Caribou transport aircraft. In addition a DH125 jet was bought for Kwame Nkrumah, Hughes helicopters were bought for mosquito spraying plus DH Doves and Herons. British-made Westland Whirlwind helicopters and a squadron of Italian-made MB-326 ground attack/trainer jets were also purchased.

In 1962 the national School of Gliding was set up by Hanna Reitsch, who was once Adolf Hitler's top personal pilot. Under the command of Air Commodore de Graft-Hayford, she served as director, operations instructor and trainer of the school. She also acted as the personal pilot of Kwame Nkrumah from 1962−1966.


The GHF headquarters and main transport airfield are located in Accra, close to Kotoka International Airport. Other GHF airfields include:

  • Tamale.
  • Sekondi-Takoradi.
  • GHF Air Force Station, Sekondi-Takoradi, started as RAF Station Takoradi, then it became Ghana Air Force Station, Sekondi-Takoradi, on 1 March 1961. The Chipmunk Basic Trainer Aircraft was the first aircraft used at the Station with an all Rank Air Force Station.

  • Accra.
  • The GHF Air Force station, Accra, came into being soon after the Royal Air Force (RAF) had taken over the administration from the Indian and Israeli Air Force officers at the beginning of 1961. The station was housed at No 3 hangar at the Accra Airport (Kotoka International Airport) with hardly any aircraft. The Unit had four main sub-units, i.e. the Administration Wing, Flying Wing, Technical Wing and Equipment Wing. The School of Technical Training was also located at this station.

    The Station moved from No 3 hangar to its present location in Burma Camp towards the end of 1965.


    The role of the Ghana Air Force, as defined in the National Defence Policy, is to provide “Air Transport and Offensive Air Support to the Ghana Armed Forces and to protect the territorial air space of Ghana”. The National Defense Policy further states certain specific tasks, which the Ghana Air Force is expected to perform. These tasks are as follows:

  • To maintain Fighter Ground Attack capability and provide Close Air Support during operation.
  • To provide transport support to the Ghana Armed Forces.
  • To provide surveillance over the air space of Ghana and over the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
  • To provide liaison and recce flight capability.
  • To provide VIP flight capability.
  • To provide transport support for civilians as government directs.
  • To provide medical evacuation and air rescue assistance.
  • The Ghana Air Force is also responsible for the co-ordination and direction of Search and Rescue (SAR) within the Accra Flight Information Region.

    Chiefs of Air Staff

    The senior appointment in the GHF is the Chief of Air Staff. The following is a list of the Ghana Air Force Chiefs of Air Staff:

    Rank structure

    The GHF's rank structure is similar to the RAF's rank structure from where its ranks were derived.


    In descending order of importance the GHF officer ranks are:

  • Air Marshal
  • Air Vice Marshal
  • Air Commodore
  • Group Captain
  • Wing Commander
  • Squadron Leader
  • Flight Lieutenant
  • Flying Officer
  • Pilot Officer
  • Airmen

    In descending order of importance the GHF airman ranks are:[2]

  • Warrant Officer Class I
  • Warrant Officer Class II
  • Flight Sergeant
  • Sergeant
  • Corporal
  • Leading Aircraftman
  • Aircraftman I
  • Aircraftman II
  • References

    Ghana Air Force Wikipedia