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Eastern Order of Battle

Hungarian Army Aviation
order of battle January 1, 1973

The Hungarian Army Aviation participated in the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. They carried out the Hungarian 8th Mechanized Infantry Division's air support. Four squadrons of MiG-15bis Fagot-B did reconnaissance and close air support. The Mi-1 Hare courier helicopters were deployed to army command.

An early color photo about green Hungarian Mi-8T Hip-C medium cargo helicopter. Photo: Simon László

From 1968 helicopter units were developed. The 86th battalion/regiment split into two units.

The 87th Medium Helicopter Air Regiment received 45 Mi-8T/P Hip helicopters, while the 88th Light Helicopter Air Battalion received 22 Ka-26 Hoodlum courier helicopters.

The helicopter units were stationed at Szentkirályszabadja.

 

<- An early color photo about green Hungarian Mi-8T Hip-C medium cargo helicopter. Photo: Juhász János

 

Hungarian Army Aviation order of battle map in 1973
Hungarian Army Aviation order of battle in 1973

 

The MiG-15bis Reconnaissance aircraft from Szolnok were painted camouflage.

Reconnaissance units were also reorganized. 501st and 502nd Tactical Reconnaissance Air Squadron have been discontinued. Instead, they formed the 101st Reconnaissance Air Regiment in Szolnok airport.

On January 1st, 1973, the Aviation's unit was transferred to the new Hungarian Army Aviation Command.

 

Hungarian MiG-15bis Fagot-B in camouflage



 

<- The MiG-15bis Reconnaissance aircraft from Szolnok were painted camouflage.

 

The Ka-26 Hoodlum courier helicopter used piston engine.

The Ka-26 Hoodlum courier helicopter used piston engine.

In 1968, two An-24V Coke arrived in Tököl, as VIP cargo aircraft. Photo: Kunar Gyorgy

In 1968, two An-24V Coke arrived to Tököl, as VIP cargo aircraft. Photo: Kunar Gyorgy