UNIFIL / NorAir / ItalAir


lebanon Naqura in Lebanon

In 1978, Norway send four Bell UH-1B to Lebanon supporting the UNIFIL. The helicopter was from the 720 sqn. and the personnel were from 339, 719 and 720 sqn. This unit was called NORAIR and they operated from Naqura in southern Lebanon. All the helicopters was painted white with UN marked on the cargo door. One helicopter was lost in this operation. A replacement for the crashed helicopter was send to Lebanon in 1979.
An Italian unit, ITALAIR, replaced the Norwegians from july, 3 1979.
The prime Norwegian component of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon UNIFIL completed at the end of Jul 1979, to be replaced by a rotating multi-national commitment.

The UN Mandate was renewed in 2006 following the war with Israel in southern Lebanon, under UN Security Council Resolution 1701. Brazilian Navy units have been operating from Beirut since 2011.


ITALAIR performed Medevac Flight in Lebanon

ITALAIR performed Medevac Flight in Lebanon

21-Jan-16 - Since 1979 italian helicopters from ITALAIR has performed more than 39,000 hours of flying in the skies of Lebanon and Israel with over 1700 medical evacuations of sick or injured people.


Dates UnitModels
    mar78 to jul79 NO 339 skvadron Luftforsvaret UH-1B Iroquois
    mar78 to jul79 NO 720 skvadron Luftforsvaret UH-1B Iroquois
    mar78 to - UNIFIL United Nations
    03jul79 to 01oct99 IT Antares Aviazione dell'Esercito CH-47C Chinook
    jan08 to - IT Sirio Aviazione dell'Esercito AB212
    jan11 to - BR HA-1 Força Aeronaval da Marinha do Brasil Super Lynx mk21a
Not all models shown may have taken part in the Operation
Some of the units could be operating fixed wing aircraft at the time, check every unit for details

helicopter   Individual helicopters

Model IDs
Bell UH-1B Iroquois 079     937     961     967    
Agusta AB412 MM81355     MM81358     MM81360    
Agusta AB212 MM81120     MM81128     UN-274     UN-275     UN-276     UN-279     UN-281     UN-282     UN-283    
Agusta AB205A-1 MM80526 w/o     MM80533 w/o     MM80535     MM80556     MM80713     UN-273     UN-276     UN-298     UN-299     UN-348     UN-353    
Agusta AB204B MM80390     MM80395     MM80398     UN-231     UN-237 w/o     UN-243     UN-247    


Frigate   Elli class Hellenic Navy F461 HS Navarinon,
Frigate   Niteroi class Brazilian Navy F45 União,

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