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Encyclopedia > Portuguese Air Force
Força Aérea Portuguesa
Portuguese Air Force

Portuguese Air Force Coat of Arms
Founded July 1, 1952
Country Portugal
Type Air Force
Role National Air Defense, Reconnaissance, Ground Forces and Navy support and transportation, Search and Rescue, Maritime Air Patrol
Part of Portuguese Armed Forces
Command HQ Estado-Maior da Força Aérea
Motto EX MERO MOTU
Commanders
Air Force Chief of Staff Luís Evangelista Esteves de Araújo
Insignia
Portuguese Air Force roundel

The Portuguese Air Force (PoAF) (Portuguese: Força Aérea Portuguesa, FAP) is the air force of Portugal. Its origins dates back to 1912 when the military aviation began to be used in Portugal, later leading to the creation of the Army's and Navy's aviation corps. Its Aerobatic display teams are the Asas de Portugal jet aircraft display team and the Rotores de Portugal helicopter display team. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... An air force, in some countries called an air army, is a military or armed service that primarily conducts aerial warfare. ... Mixed reconnaissance patrol of the Polish Home Army and the Soviet Red Army during Operation Tempest, 1944 Reconnaissance is the military term for the active gathering of information about an enemy, or other conditions, by physical observation. ... Search and Rescue (acronym SAR) is an operation mounted by emergency services, often well-trained volunteers, to find someone believed to be in distress, lost, sick or injured either in a remote or difficult to access area, such as mountains, desert or forest (Wilderness search and rescue), or at sea... The Portuguese Armed Forces (Portuguese: Forças Armadas Portuguesas) are divided into three branches: Army (Exército Português) Navy (Marinha Portuguesa or Armada Portuguesa) Air Force (Força Aérea Portuguesa) In the 20th century, Portugal had only two major military interventions, the first one in the 1st World... General Luís Evangelista Esteves de Araújo (b. ... Image File history File links Portuguese_Air_Force_roundel. ... An air force, in some countries called an air army, is a military or armed service that primarily conducts aerial warfare. ... The Asas De Portugal (Wings of Portugal) is a flight demonstration team created in 1977, operated by Esquadra 103 (103 Squadron) of the Portuguese Air Force out of Beja Air Base – BA11, Portugal. ...

Portuguese De Havilland DH-82 Tiger Moth at the Portuguese Air Museum
Portuguese De Havilland DH-82 Tiger Moth at the Portuguese Air Museum

Contents

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History

The Portuguese Air Force was created in 1952, when the Portuguese Army's military aviation (Aeronáutica Militar) and Portuguese Navy's naval aviation (Aviação Naval) were united in a single independent branch. The Portuguese Army (Portuguese: Exército Português) is the ground branch of the Portuguese Armed Forces which, in cooperation with the other branches of the Portuguese military, is charged with the defence of Portugal. ... Portuguese naval jack The Portuguese Navy (Portuguese: Marinha Portuguesa, also known as Marinha de Guerra Portuguesa or as Armada Portuguesa) is the naval branch of the Portuguese Armed Forces which, in cooperation with the other branches of the Portuguese military, is charged with the defence of Portugal. ... The Portuguese Naval Aviation (Portuguese: Aviação Naval Portuguesa) (more commonly known as Naval Aviation, although it received various official designations), was the air branch of the Portuguese Navy. ...


Background

The history of Portuguese military aviation dates back to 1911, when a Balloon Company was founded as part of the Army Telegraphic Service and received a handful of aircraft. During World War I in the Western Front the Portuguese Army had no aircraft but Portuguese airmen flew in British and French squadrons. In Mozambique, in the operations against German Eastern Africa, the Portuguese forces included an aviation squadron, one of the first uses of combat aircraft in Africa. For other uses, see Balloon (disambiguation). ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ...


In 1914 the Military Aeronautic Service (Serviço Aeronáutico Militar) and the Military School of Aeronautic (Escola Militar de Aeronáutica, EMA) are founded, but it's in 1918 that these services are reorganised and renamed to 'Military Aviation Service' and are made directly dependent of the Ministry of War. The OGMA workshops at Alverca, which still exists under this name, and the first operational squadrons are founded that same year. Year 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... This articles deals with the British ministry, see defence minister for other countries. ... OGMA-Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal, S.A., founded in 1918, is a major representative of the Portuguese Aviation Industry, dedicated to aircraft and aircraft component maintenance, repair and manufacturing. ...


In 1924 the aviation of the army becomes a full arm of service, in equality with the infantry or the artillery. In 1937, it suffers a major reorganization, being endowed with an autonomous general command, practically becoming independent, although for administrative purposes it still stays integrated in the Army Ministry. Year 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1917 the Navy Aviation Service and School is created, as well the first naval aviation base, the Maritime Aviation Centre of Bom Sucesso, in Lisbon. The Portuguese Navy's aviation service is later renamed two more times — in 1918 to Aeronautical Naval Services (Serviços da Aeronáutica Naval), and once again in 1931 to Navy Air Forces (Forças Aéreas da Armada). 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar (see: 1917 Julian calendar). ...


Early involvement by the Portuguese military aviation included the Revolution in 1926, the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s, and World War II in which Portugal was not directly involved but during which various allied aircraft entering Portuguese airspace were commandeered. Portugal joined NATO in 1949. For other uses, see Revolution (disambiguation). ... Not to be confused with the Spanish Civil War of 1820-1823. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... In general, allies are people or groups that have joined an alliance and are working together to achieve some common purpose. ... This article is about the military alliance. ...


Initial units

PoAF North American T-6 at the Portuguese Air Museum
PoAF North American T-6 at the Portuguese Air Museum

In 1950, its created the State Sub-Secretary of Aeronautic (Portuguese: Subsecretariado de Estado da Aeronáutica) with the objective of managing all the Portuguese military aviation. Later, in 1952, the State Sub-Secretary of Aeronautic creates the General-Command of the Air Forces that starts to exert the unified command over the aviation units of the Army and Navy. The new organization of the air forces starts by including the Independent Forces and the Forces of Cooperation. The Forces of Cooperation include the Naval Aviation Forces (formed by the former by the former Naval Aviation units) and the Ground Aviation Forces. This events are considered to be the creation of the Portuguese Air Force as a independent branch. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 442 pixelsFull resolution (3374 × 1864 pixel, file size: 311 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) North American T-6 Portuguese Air Force Military Aircraft - North American T-6 Source/Author Soares da Silva Portuguese Air Museum File historyClick on a... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 442 pixelsFull resolution (3374 × 1864 pixel, file size: 311 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) North American T-6 Portuguese Air Force Military Aircraft - North American T-6 Source/Author Soares da Silva Portuguese Air Museum File historyClick on a... The Portuguese Naval Aviation (Portuguese: Aviação Naval Portuguesa) (more commonly known as Naval Aviation, although it received various official designations), was the air branch of the Portuguese Navy. ...


With this merge the PoAF started to have in its charge all the aviation infrastructures that until then belonged to the Army and the Navy. These means included the following:


From the Military Aviation Service:

  • Independent Aviation Fighter Group, in Espinho, with two squadrons of Hurricane fighters. Its aviation infrastructures were renamed as POAF's Airstrip-Base No. 1, being deactivated in 1955;
  • Air Base No. 1, in Sintra, focused in flighting instruction;
  • Air Base No. 2, in Ota, with a Junkers Ju 52/3m transport squadron and three fighter squadrons, one equipped with F-47 Thunderbolt attack aircraft, and the other two with Supermarine Spitfire fighters;
  • Air Base No. 3, in Tancos, with a reconnaissance squadron equipped with Lysander aircraft and a group of fighter squadrons equipped with F-47 Thunderbolt attack aircraft.
  • Air Base No. 4, in Lajes, supporting transport, reconnaissance and Search and Rescue missions, with various squadrons equipped with SB-17G Flying Fortress, and C-54, and the first helicopter to operate in Portuguese Air Force, the Sikorsky UH-19;
  • Lisbon's Airfield, equipped with transport aircraft of various types. In 1955 it was renamed as Airstrip-Base No. 1, being once again renamed in 1978 to Transit Airfield No. 1.

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  • Aveiro Naval Aviation Centre, in São Jacinto, Aveiro, equipped with anti-submarine Curtiss Helldiver aircraft. Once under the Portuguese Air Force command its designated was changed various times, in which the longest one in use was Air Base No. 7;
  • "Sacadura Cabral" Naval Aviation Centre, descendant of the Bom Sucesso Naval Aviation Centre, in Belém, transferred to Montijo in the 1950s. This unit was initially equipped with North-American T-6, Consolidated Fleet aircraft, and various Grumman aircraft. Was renamed later to Air Base No. 6.

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Air Force branch

The Portuguese national metropolitan and ultramarine territory was divided in 1956 in three major aerial regions, that start to exert the operational command of the aerial units stationed in their area – later two semi-independent commands were created inside the 1st Aerial Region designated as air zones:

In 1958, the Naval Aviation Forces and the Ground Aviation Forces were completely integrated in the Air Force, ending any type of administrative connection, respectively, to the Navy and to the Army. Motto (Portuguese for Rather die free than in peace subjugated) Anthem  (national)  (local) Capital Ponta Delgada1 Angra do Heroísmo2 Horta3 Largest city Ponta Delgada Official languages Portuguese Government Autonomous region  -  President Carlos César Establishment  -  Settled 1439   -  Autonomy 1976  Area  -  Total 2,333 km² (n/a) 911 sq mi... For other uses, see Madeira (disambiguation). ... Portuguese Guinea was the name for what is today Guinea-Bissau from 1446 to September 10, 1974. ... Luanda (formerly called Loanda) is the largest city and capital of Angola. ... Portuguese India (Portuguese: or Estado da Índia) was the aggregate of Portugals colonial holdings in India. ...


The military coup in 1974 was partly caused by the revolutions in Mozambique, Angola and Portuguese Guinea during the 1960s. It in turn led to these countries' independence in 1975. The turmoil of the revolution and the end of the war in the African colonies, which had involved 150,000 personnel, brought about a major reorganisation which reduced the 850 aircraft inventory of the PoAF in 1974 to only one third of that in 1976. The Carnation Revolution (Portuguese, Revolução dos Cravos) was an almost bloodless, leftist, military-led coup détat, started on April 25, 1974, in Lisbon, Portugal, that effectively changed the Portuguese regime from an authoritarian dictatorship to a liberal democracy after two years of a transitional period known as PREC... “Flying Machine” redirects here. ...


Since then Portugal has gradually regained its balance and changed the organisation of the PoAF in the interest of efficiency. Some of the noteworthy changes during the last decade include the closure of BA3 Tancos and BA7 Aveiro, the re-introduction of an independent naval helicopter squadron, the acquisition of modern aircraft such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon, which replaced the A-7P Corsair II, the relocation of several squadrons to other bases, the intention to acquire helicopters for the Army, to be based at Tancos, and the privatization of the OGMA workshops. The F-16A/B's from the second batch are slowly being converted into F-16AM/BM's, with the first six already on the flightline at Monte Real, while at the Montijo base the 12 ordered EH-101's have now entered active service. Three are stationed at Lajes, Azores, and 2 on Porto Santo, Madeira. The F-16 Fighting Falcon is an American multirole jet fighter aircraft developed by General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin for the United States Air Force. ... The Ling-Temco-Vought A-7 Corsair II is a carrier-based subsonic light attack aircraft design that was introduced to replace the A-4 Skyhawk in US Naval service and based on the successful supersonic F-8 Crusader aircraft produced by Chance Vought. ... Municipality Vila Nova da Barquinha Area 1. ... OGMA-Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal, S.A., founded in 1918, is a major representative of the Portuguese Aviation Industry, dedicated to aircraft and aircraft component maintenance, repair and manufacturing. ... Municipality Leiria Area 12. ... Coat of Arms Montijo (pron. ...


The Portuguese Air Force is distinguished by its engineers as they receive older versions of attack and transport helicopters and upgrade them successfully and turn them into up-to-date helicopters. Engineering is the application of scientific and technical knowledge to solve human problems. ... A helicopter is an aircraft which is lifted and propelled by one or more large horizontal rotors (propellers). ... Look up Upgrade on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Upgrading is the process of replacing an older thing with a newer thing. ...


Organization

The Cross of the Order of Christ, insignia of the Portuguese military aviation
The Cross of the Order of Christ, insignia of the Portuguese military aviation

The Portuguese Air Force is structured in three decision levels: Image File history File links Portuguese_Air_Force_roundel. ... Image File history File links Portuguese_Air_Force_roundel. ... The Seal of the Grand-Masters Evrard de Barres and Regnaud de Vichier depict the Dome of the ROCK. The Order of Christ was the heritage of the Templar Knights. ...

  • Long term planning — it is of the responsibility Chief of Staff (CEMFA), seconded by the Vice Chief of Staff (VICE-CEMFA), who runs the Air Force Headquarters (EMFA) with the Personnel, Intelligence, Operational and Logistics Divisions.
  • Short term planning — it is of the responsibility three operational commands of the PoAF, that change the doctrinal directives into operational and technical directives:
  • Execution — The base units, depending hierarchically and functionally from the respective functional and technical Command, are responsible for the execution. They are formed into three Groups: Operational Group, Maintenance Group and Support Group, organized according to the mission and means assigned. These units are responsible for applying the directives, having the air operations as outcome.

The Portuguese Air Force (PoAF) (Portuguese: Força Aérea Portuguesa, FAP) is the air force of Portugal. ... The Portuguese Air Force (PoAF) (Portuguese: Força Aérea Portuguesa, FAP) is the air force of Portugal. ... The Portuguese Air Force (PoAF) (Portuguese: Força Aérea Portuguesa, FAP) is the air force of Portugal. ... The Portuguese Air Force (PoAF) (Portuguese: Força Aérea Portuguesa, FAP) is the air force of Portugal. ...

Air Force Headquarters

The Air Force Headquarters (EMFA) (Portuguese: Estado-Maior da Força Aérea) are responsible for studying, conceiving and planning the Air Force activities, supporting the Air Force Chief of Staff (CEMFA) decisions. EMFA is commanded by the Vice Chief of Staff - VCEMFA who is seconded by a Major-General Pilot, called Vice Commander of EMFA.


It consist of a Personnel Division (1ª Divisão - Pessoal), a Intelligence Division (2ª Divisão - Informações), a Operations Division (3ª Divisão - Operações), a Logistics Division (4ª Divisão - Logísticas), and of Support Units (Orgãos de apoio).


Under its command it has the following units:

  • Air Force Inspection Agency (IGFA);
  • Air Force High Studies Institute;
  • Air Force Academy (AFA);
  • Directorate of Computer Science (DINFA);
  • Air Museum;
  • Air Force Historic Archive;
  • Air Force Music Band;

The Air Force Academy (AFA - Academia da Força Aérea) is a Portuguese military higher education institution whose aim is to provide all its students with the training and the experience that will enable them to graduate having gained the knowledge and the character qualities that are essential for...

Operational Command

PoAF's F-16A fighter prepares to refuel from a KC-10. March 19th, 1999
PoAF's F-16A fighter prepares to refuel from a KC-10. March 19th, 1999

The Operational Command of the Air Force (COFA) (Portuguese: Comando Operacional da Força Aérea), commanded by a Lieutenant-General, plans, directs and controls the efficiency of the air power, the air activity and defence of the national air space. It is also of the COFA's responsibility the security of the Air Force bases and units. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 478 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1012 × 1268 pixel, file size: 527 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) An F-16A from the Portuguese Air Force prepares to refuel from a KC-10 while deployed to a forward location in the European theatre on... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 478 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1012 × 1268 pixel, file size: 527 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) An F-16A from the Portuguese Air Force prepares to refuel from a KC-10 while deployed to a forward location in the European theatre on... The F-16 Fighting Falcon is an American multirole jet fighter aircraft developed by General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin for the United States Air Force. ... Lieutenant General is a military rank used in many countries. ...


Base units

The COFA base units guarantee the readiness of the air units and the logistic and administrative support of all the units and boards based there but depending on other commands. Organization:

  • The Main Air Bases, when they have their own air means Air Bases 1, 5, 6 and 11
  • The Advanced Air Bases, when they support detached or operational air means. Example of these bases are the Operational and Manoeuvres Airfields.

Surveillance and Detection Units

The COFA Surveillance and Detection Units (UVD) guarantee the operational of these same means.

  • Radar Station No. 1, ER1 (Foia)
  • Radar Station No. 2, ER2 (Pilar)
  • Radar Station No. 3, ER3 (Montejunto)

Air Zones

Air zones have the mission of planning, supervising and controlling the readiness of the air power resources and the air activity in their area of responsibility, of the accomplishment of the established plans. Guaranteeing, under the terms established in international agreements, the relationships with the foreign forces stationed at the base units under their hierarchic authority, but keeping the status inherent to the unit commander.


Existing Air Zones commands:

  • Azores Air Zone Command
    It has the Lajes Air Base (BA4) under its authority.
  • Madeira Air Zone Command (inactive)

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Flight Squadrons

PoAF Alpha-Jet with commemorative painting of the 50th anniversary of 103 Squadron
PoAF Alpha-Jet with commemorative painting of the 50th anniversary of 103 Squadron

The Portuguese Air Force aircraft are integrated in flight squadrons dependent of the air bases where they are based. These flight squadrons receive a number of three algorithms, in which the first indicates its primary mission: Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 472 pixelsFull resolution (1260 × 744 pixel, file size: 217 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Description Alpha Jet Portuguese Air Force Military Aircraft Alphajet Source/Author Soares da Silva File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 472 pixelsFull resolution (1260 × 744 pixel, file size: 217 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Description Alpha Jet Portuguese Air Force Military Aircraft Alphajet Source/Author Soares da Silva File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as... The Portuguese Air Force (PoAF) (Portuguese: Força Aérea Portuguesa, FAP) is the air force of Portugal. ...

  • 1 - Instruction squadron;
  • 2 - Fighter squadron;
  • 3 - Attack squadron;
  • 4 - Reconnaissance squadron;
  • 5 - Transport squadron;
  • 6 - Maritime patrol squadron;
  • 7 - Search and Rescue squadron;
  • 8 - Special function squadron;

The second algorithm indicates the type of aircraft operated by the squadron:

The third algorithm is a sequential number of the same mission and aircraft type. Airplane and Aeroplane redirect here. ... Rotary-wing aircraft is a broad category of any aircraft with a moving wing, including helicopters and autogyros. ...


Personnel Command

The Personnel Command of the Air Force (CPESFA) (Portuguese: Comando de Pessoal da Força Aérea) is commanded by a Lieutenant-General that administers the human resources of the Air Force in accordance with the CEMFA's plans and directives. Lieutenant General is a military rank used in many countries. ...


Under its command it has the following units:

  • Personnel Directorate;
  • Instruction Directorate;
  • Medical Directorate;
  • Justice and Discipline Council;
  • Social Welfare Council;
  • Religious Support Council;
  • Health Institute of the Air Force;
  • Air Force Hospital;
  • Aeronautical Medicine Center;
  • Air Force Psychology Center;
  • Air Force Conscription Center;
  • Lumiar Air Base;
  • Air Force Military and Technical Training Centre.

Logistic and Administrative Command

The Administrative and Logistic Command of the Air Force (CLAFA) (Portuguese: Comando Logístico e Administrativo da Força Aérea) is commanded by a Lieutenant-General, and has as its mission the management of the Air Force's materials and financial resources in order to accomplish the CEMFA's plans and directives. Lieutenant General is a military rank used in many countries. ...


Under its command it has the following units:

  • Logistics Directorate;
  • Electronics Directorate;
  • Finances Directorate;
  • Infra-structure Directorate;
  • Aeronautical Mechanic Directorate;
  • Transportation Unit;
  • CLAFA Administrative Service;
  • Armaments Office;
  • General Storage Complex of the Air Force (DGMFA);
  • Air Force Airfield Engineering Group;
  • Electronics Maintenance Centre.

Rank Structure

Oficiais Generais - General officers
Marshal insignia
Marechal
Marshal
(Honorific)
General insignia Lieutenant-General insignia Major-General insignia Brigadier-General insignia
General Tenente-General Major-General Brigadeiro-General
General Lieutenant-General Major-General Brigadier-General
Oficiais Superiores - Senior officers
Colonel insignia Lieutenant-Colonel insignia Major insignia
Coronel Tenente-Coronel Major
Colonel Lieutenant-Colonel Major
Capitães e Subalternos - Junior officers
Captain insignia Lieutenant insignia Second Lieutenant insignia Sub-Lieutenant insignia
Capitão Tenente Alferes Aspirante-a-oficial
Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Sub-Lieutenant
Sargentos - Sergeants
Sargento-mor Sargento-chefe Sargento-ajudante
Chief Master Sergeant of the A.F. Chief Master Sergeant Senior Master Sergeant

1º Sargento 2º Sargento Furriel 2º Furriel
Technical Sergeant Staff Sergeant Sergeant Senior Airmen
Praças - Airmen
Cabo-adjunto 1º Cabo 2º Cabo
Airmen 1st Class Airmen Airmen Basic
Pessoal Em Preparação - Personnel Undergoing Training
Cadete de 4º Ano Cadete de 3º Ano Cadete de 2º Ano Cadete de 1º Ano
4th-year Cadet 3rd-year Cadet 2nd-year Cadet 1st-year Cadet

Soldado-cadete Soldado-recruta
Cadet Recruit

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Order of battle

Base Squadron # Squadron Name Aircraft Type Squadron's Mission
Air Base #1, Sintra (LPST) 401 Sqn. Cientistas (Scientists) CASA C-212-300 Air reconnaissance operations, electronic warfare support, maritime surveillance
502 Sqn. Elefantes (Elephants) CASA C-212-100 Aviocar Tactical transport and additional pilot training in multi-engine aircraft and navigation training
802 Sqn. Águias (Eagles) OGMA Chipmunk MK 20 Air Force Academy Squadron
Air Base #4, Lajes, Azores (LPLA)
711 Sqn. Albatrozes (Albatrosses)   Search And Rescue, currently replaced by an 751 Squadron's detachment of three EH-101 helicopters and waiting for the delivery of the CASA C-295M
Air Base #5, Monte Real (LPMR) 201 Sqn. Falcões (Falcons) F-16 A/B OCU Air Defence, Anti-Surface Force Air Operations (ASFAO)
301 Sqn. Jaguares (Jaguars) F-16 AM/BM Anti-Surface Force Air Operations (ASFAO), Air Defence
Air Base #6, Montijo (LPMT) 501 Sqn. Bisontes (Bisons) C-130H/H-30 Tactical air transport operations
504 Sqn. Linces (Lynxes) Falcon 20, Falcon 50 VIP transport operations, Fast MEDEVAC
601 Sqn. Lobos (Wolves) P-3 Orion (P-3P, P-3C Update II.5/CUP-CG Orion) Maritime Patrol, Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW), Sea Control, Search And Rescue
751 Sqn. Pumas (Pumas) AgustaWestland EH-101 Search and Rescue (SAR), Tactical transport, Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR), Fishery Control (SIFICAP), MEDEVAC/CASEVAC
  EsqHel da Marinha
(Navy helicopter squadron)
AgustaWestland Super Lynx Mk.95 Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW), Search And Rescue, Utility
Air Base #11, Beja (LPBJ) 101 Sqn. Roncos (Roars) Aérospatiale Epsilon-TB 30 Elementary and basic flying training
103 Sqn. Caracóis (Snails) Alpha-Jet A Complementary flying training on jet aircraft and operational transition training
552 Sqn. Zangões (Drones) Aérospatiale Alouette III Tactical air transport operations and complementary flying training in helicopters
An upgraded F-16 on the ground

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Other bases

  • Alverca (LPAR) Museu do Ar (Air Force Museum)
  • O.G.M.A. - Oficinas Gerais de Material Aeronáutico
  • FAP Storage - Depósito Geral de Material de Força Aérea (DGMFA)
  • Campo de Tiro de Alcochete - Field Firing Range of Alcochete (CTA)
  • Ota (LPOT) C.F.M.T.F.A. - Centro de Formação Militar e Técnica da Força Aérea
  • Ovar (LPOV) A.M.1 - Aeródromo de Trânsito nº 1, various + 1 Alouette III (552 Sqn. SAR detachment)
  • Porto Santo (LPPS) - Porto Santo Airport, 2 EH-101 Merlin (later 1 EH-101 and 1 C-295M)

OGMA-Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal, S.A., founded in 1918, is a major representative of the Portuguese Aviation Industry, dedicated to aircraft and aircraft component maintenance, repair and manufacturing. ...

Aircraft

Main article: List of aircraft of the Portuguese Air Force

This list of aircraft of the Portuguese Air Force also includes aircraft that was operated by the Portuguese Armys military aviation (Aeronáutica Militar) and Portuguese Navys naval aviation (Aviação Naval), prior to the creation of the Air Force in 1952. ...

Current

A twin-seat F-16B of the Portuguese Air Force taxis for takeoff
A twin-seat F-16B of the Portuguese Air Force taxis for takeoff
Aircraft Origin Type Versions Notes
Aérospatiale Alouette III Flag of France France Light utility helicopter SA 319 Expected to retire in 2008-2011. Also operated by the PoAF aerobatic display team Rotores de Portugal
Aérospatiale Epsilon TB-30 Flag of France France
Flag of Portugal Portugal
Light trainer
AgustaWestland EH101 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
Flag of Italy Italy
Tactical transport, search & rescue, utility helicopter
Alexander Schleicher ASK 21 Flag of Germany Germany Aerobatic instruction
CASA C-212 Aviocar Flag of Spain Spain Tactical transport, search & rescue Series 100 To be replaced by CASA C-295 aircraft
Series 300
Dassault-Breguet/Dornier Alpha Jet Flag of France France
Flag of Germany Germany
Light attack aircraft, advanced trainer Alpha-Jet A Former-Luftwaffe aircraft, offered by Germany for the use of the Beja Air Base — BA11. Also operated by the PoAF aerobatic display team Asas de Portugal
Dassault Falcon 20 Flag of France France VIP transport & ILS Calibrations
Dassault Falcon 50 Flag of France France VIP transport
de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk Flag of Canada Canada
Flag of Portugal Portugal
Trainer OGMA Chipmunk T.20
LET L-23 Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Flight training
Lockheed C-130 Hercules Flag of the United States United States Tactical transport C-130H
C-130H/30
Lockheed F-16 Fighting Falcon Flag of the United States United States Fighter F-16 A OCU Being updated to Mid Life Update (MLU) standard
F-16 B OCU
F-16 AM
F-16 BM
Lockheed P-3 Orion Flag of the United States United States Maritime patrol aircraft P-3P Being retired
P-3C Update II.5/CUP-CG

Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 573 pixelsFull resolution (2816 × 2016 pixel, file size: 717 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) F-16B twin-seat Fighting Falcon (identifier 15118) of the Portuguese Air Force taxis for takeoff at the Royal International Air Tattoo, Fairford, Gloucestershire, England. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 573 pixelsFull resolution (2816 × 2016 pixel, file size: 717 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) F-16B twin-seat Fighting Falcon (identifier 15118) of the Portuguese Air Force taxis for takeoff at the Royal International Air Tattoo, Fairford, Gloucestershire, England. ... It has been suggested that IAR 316 be merged into this article or section. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The Aérospatiale Epsilon is a light military trainer aircraft produced by Aérospatiale. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Portugal. ... The AgustaWestland EH101 is a medium-lift helicopter for military applications but also marketed for civil use. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... The ASK 21 is a modern glass-reinforced plastic two-seater glider with a mid-set wing and a mass balanced T-tail. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... CASA C-212 of the Swedish Coast Guard. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Spain. ... CASA C-295 is a twin-engined transport aircraft made by CASA/EADS. The C-295 is used by several air forces. ... Alpha Jet owned by Red Bull The Alpha Jet is a light attack and advanced trainer aircraft manufactured by Dornier of Germany and Dassault-Breguet of France. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... The Deutsche Luftwaffe or   (German: air force, literally Air Weapon, pronounced lufft-va-fa, IPA: ) is the commonly used term for the German air force. ... The Asas De Portugal (Wings of Portugal) is a flight demonstration team created in 1977, operated by Esquadra 103 (103 Squadron) of the Portuguese Air Force out of Beja Air Base – BA11, Portugal. ... Dassault Falcon 20s at RIAT 2005. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The Dassault Falcon 50 is a mid-sized, long-range corporate jet, unique in the corporate jet world for its three jet engine layout. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk is a tandem, two-seat, single-engined primary trainer aircraft which was the standard primary trainer for the Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Air Force and several other air forces through much of the post-Second World War years. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Portugal. ... The de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk is a tandem, two-seat, single-engined primary trainer aircraft which was the standard primary trainer for the Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Air Force and several other air forces through much of the post-Second World War years. ... LET L-23 Super Blanik The LET L23 SUPER - BLANIK sailplane is a cantilever, high-wing, two-seat glider of all-metal structure. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Czech_Republic. ... The Lockheed C-130 Hercules, a four-engine turboprop aircraft, is the main tactical air transport aircraft of the United States and UK military forces. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a multi-role jet fighter aircraft developed by General Dynamics in the United States. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The Lockheed P-3 Orion is a maritime patrol aircraft of numerous militaries around the world, used primarily for maritime patrol, reconnaissance, and anti-submarine warfare. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ...

On Order

  • CASA C-295 (12)

CASA C-295 is a twin-engined transport aircraft made by CASA/EADS. The C-295 is used by several air forces. ...

Vehicles

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See also

The Portuguese Armed Forces (Portuguese: Forças Armadas Portuguesas or FAP) are divided into three branches: Army (Exército Português) Navy (Marinha Portuguesa) Air Force (Força Aérea Portuguesa) In the 20th century, Portugal had only two major military interventions, the first one in the 1st World War... The Air Force Academy (AFA - Academia da Força Aérea) is a Portuguese military higher education institution whose aim is to provide all its students with the training and the experience that will enable them to graduate having gained the knowledge and the character qualities that are essential for... The Polícia Aérea (PA) (Air Police) is the military police of the Portuguese Air Force. ...

External links

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