The first squadron was equipped with Yakovlev Yak-9s.
The first jet fighter to enter service was the Mi G-15, dating officially the 15th of May 1955, followed by the Mi G-17.
Some of the Mi G-15s were Soviet fighters used and then withdrawn from the North Korean Air Force.
12 Mi G-19PM were delivered by the USSR in October 1959 and on the same year pilots and specialists were sent in USSR to train with the all-weather interceptor Mi G-19 PM.
After the collapse of USSR-Albanian relations, significant numbers of Shenyang J-6 fighters (Chinese copy of the Mi G-19S), were acquired from China.
In the early 1970s, Albania exchanged its lot of Soviet-made Mi G-19PM (NATO code "Farmer-E") fighters equipped for beam-riding missiles, with 12, more advanced, Chengdu J-7A fighters (Chinese copy of the Soviet-built Mi G-21).
The Albanian Air Force (Forca Ajrore Shqiptare, FASH) is the national Air Force of the Albanian military.
The headquarters is located in Tirana and it operates two airbases, Kuçovë Air Base and Tirana Air Base.
Military aviation started in Albania in 1914, when the Albanian government ordered three Lohner Daimler aircraft from Austria to form an air force.
As a result of the outbreak of World War I, the order was cancelled.
Albania did not have the resources to restart the development of a proper Air Force during the 1920s and 1930s.
After the establishment of the Albanian Kingdom in 1928, King Zog formed the Royal Albanian Air Corps was formed under the direction of the Royal Albanian Army.
The Royal Air Force, and the rest of Albanian armed forces, were abolished following the Italian invasion of Albania during the Second World War.
After World War II, the Albanian Air Force finally came into existence when Albania was equipped with Soviet aircraft.