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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is the air arm of the Nigerian Armed Forces . It is one of the largest in Africa, consisting of about 10,000 personnel [3] and aircraft including 12 Chinese Chengdu F-7s , and 11 Dassault-Dornier Alpha Jets , armed helicopters, and military transport aircraft.

Although the Air Force was originally proposed in 1958, many lawmakers preferred to rely on the United Kingdom for air defence. But during peacekeeping operations in Congo and Tanganyika , the Nigerian Army had no air transport of its own, and so in 1962 the government began to recruit cadets for pilot training in various foreign countries, with the first ten being taught by the Egyptian Air Force .

In July 1971 the International Institute for Strategic Studies estimated that Nigeria had 7,000 air force personnel and 32 combat aircraft: six Ilyushin Il-28 medium bombers, eight MiG-17s, eight Aero L-29 Delfín jet trainers, and 10 P-149D trainers. [7] Other aircraft included six C-47s, 20 Do-27/28s, and eight Westland Whirlwind and Alouette II helicopters.

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