Aviation is perhaps the clearest and most dramatic expression of national sovereignty in our Air Age. The mastery of the air is a significant mark of technical maturity and is thus a basic necessity for every modern state, both as a military asset and as a means of communication, surveying, agricultural spraying and numerous other ends and uses.

The Ghana Air Force started on 20 Jul 1959 as a Flying Training School with Israeli Instructors and Technicians.  The School was the cradle of a Service which would later complement the other two Services the Army and Navy, to facilitate the realization of Dr Nkrumah’s vision of “Total Liberation of the Africa Continent”.

The Service got technical aid, instructors, equipment, training and aircraft from a variety of sources such as Israel, India, Pakistan, Canada, Britain, USA and USSR. This was a ploy by Dr Kwame Nkrumah to fast track the establishment of the Service, because as Maj Gen Alexander the then CDS wrote in his book entitled ‘‘The African Tightrope’’ that Dr Kwame Nkrumah was a man in a hurry and that he wanted things done today finished yesterday.

The Ghana Air Force was established basically to provide transport support to our ground and naval forces and was therefore made up solely of a transport squadron, until early 1965 when an offensive support element was added with the acquisition of Fighter Ground Attack aircraft Aer Macchi 326K from Italy.  The need for an offensive posture was to provide deterrence to would-be aggressors and thereby defend our territorial integrity.  The Ghana Air Force has, since, developed into a mainly transport-oriented force with a limited FGA capability.

The Ghana Air Force is made up of four Wings. These are the Operations Wing, Engineering Wing, Supply Wing and Administration Wing.

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