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Brazil - Air Force
Força Aerea Brasileira
So long! The F-2000 was withdrawn late 2013.
Photo:
Erwin van Dijkman
Alcântara/Centro de Lançamento de Alcântara, MA (SNCW)
Rwy: 09/27
Pos: 02°22'22"S 044°23'47"W
Elev: 131 ft
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Centro de Lançamento de Alcântara (CLA)

H-50

Anápolis (SBAN)
Rwy: 06/24
Pos: 16°13'45"S 048°57'51"W
Elev: 3728 ft
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Ala 2

1°GDA F-5EM
F-39 (o/o)
F-2000B (wfu)
F-2000C (wfu)
Jaguar


1°/6°GAv R-35A
R-95
Carcará


2°/6°GAv C-98
E-99
R-99
Guardiao


1°GTT / Grupo Kilo KC-390 (o/o) Cascavel
Comando de Preparo (COMPREP)

Grupo Fox F-39 (o/o)
On 12 June 2018, Esquadrão Cascavel (formerly 2°/1°GTT) absorbed Grupo Kilo that is tasked with achieving initial- and full operating capability, including forming doctrines for the KC-390 transport aircraft.
Grupo Fox is tasked with achieving initial operating capability for the F-39 Gripen. They will likely be absorbed into 1°GDA, the first unit to receive the F-39 in October 2021.

The Brazilian air force operates a fleet of modern aerial surveillance aircraft to patrol the vast Amazon basin and borders tracing illicit activities. Seen here is the remote sensing variant of Embraer's succesful ERJ145 jetliner the R-99 three are in use.
Photo:
Chris Lofting
Barbacena-Maj.Bgd.Doorgal Borges (SBBQ)
Rwy: 18/36
Pos: 21°16'02"S 043°45'40"W
Elev: 3657 ft
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Escola Preparatória de Cadetos do Ar (EPCAR)

C-98
T-25C (on loan from AFA)

Belo Horizonte-Pampulha/C.D. de Andrade (SBBH)
Rwy: 13/31
Pos: 19°51'04"S 043°57'02"W
Elev: 2589 ft
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Centro de Instrução e Adaptação da Aeronáutica (CIAAR)

C-95
T-25C

Many EMB120 Brasilias are in use as passenger transport augmenting and replacing the C-95. This one is operated by 6°ETA.
Photo:
Erwin van Dijkman
Belém-Val de Cães Intl (SBBE)
Pos: 01°22'45"S 048°28'35"W
Elev: 54 ft
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Ala 9

3°/7°GAv P-95A
P-95B
Netuno


1°/8°GAv H-1H
H-36
Falcao


1°ETA C-95B
C-97
C-98
C-98A
Tracaja

Boa Vista (SBBV)
Rwy: 08/26
Pos: 02°50'47"N 060°41'24"W
Elev: 276 ft
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Ala 7

1°/3°GAv A-29A
A-29B
Escorpiao

Two VH-34 Super Pumas, like 8735 seen here, were recently augmented by two VH-36 EC725 at VIP unit GTE.
Photo:
Erwin van Dijkman
Brasilia-Pres.Juscelino Kubitschek Intl (SBBR)
Rwy: 11L/29R, 11R/29L
Pos: 15°51'46"S 047°54'46"W
Elev: 3479 ft
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GTE

1°/1°GTE VC-1A
VC-2


2°/1°GTE VU-35A
VU-55C
VC-99A
VC-99B
VC-99C


3°/1°GTE H-34
VH-35
H-55
Ala 1

6°ETA C-95B
C-95C
VC-97
C-98A
VU-35A
Guará

Campo Grande (SBCG)
Rwy: 06/24
Pos: 20°28'07"S 054°40'21"W
Elev: 1833 ft
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Ala 5

2°/10°GAv SC-105
H-1H
Pelicano


3°/3°GAv A-29A
A-29B
Flecha


1°/15°GAv C-95B
C-98A
C-105A
Onça

Canoas (SBCO)
Rwy: 12/30
Pos: 29°56'45"S 051°08'40"W
Elev: 26 ft
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Ala 3

2°/7°GAv P-95B Phoenix


1°/14°GAv F-5EM
F-5EF
Pampa


5°ETA C-95A
C-97
C-98A
Pégaso

After a moderinzation programme the Brazilian Tigers are here to stay for a while.
Photo:
Erwin van Dijkman
Curitiba-Bacacheri (SBBI)
Rwy: 18/36
Pos: 25°24'18"S 049°13'55"W
Elev: 3057 ft
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Segundo Centro Integrado de Defesa Aérea e Controle de Tráfego Aéreo (CINDACTA II)

C-98

Dos Afonsos and Galeão both house Herks. This ex Italian 2475 bbelongs to the former, 1°GTT.
Photo:
Erwin van Dijkman
Dos Afonsos-Campo delio Jardim de Mattos (SBAF)
Rwy: 08/26
Pos: 22°52'30"S 043°23'05"W
Elev: 110 ft
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Diretoria de Material Aeronáutico e Bélico (DIRMAB)

Parque de Material Aeronáutico dos Afonsos (PAMA-AF) C-95
C-97
C-98
H-1H
H-50
H-55
Museu Aerospacial (MUSAL)

various preserved types
Parque de Material Aeronáutico dos Afonsos (PAMA-AF) performs overhaul on the types listed.

Eirunepé
Rwy: 16/34
Pos: 06°38'22"S 069°52'40"W
Elev: 412 ft
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Comando de Preparo (COMPREP)

The air base serves as a Forward Operating Location (FOL) in the SIVAM-project and deployments of aircraft take place here occasionally.

Florianópolis-Hercilio Luz (SBFL)
Rwy: 03/21, 14/32
Pos: 27°40'14"S 048°32'50"W
Elev: 20 ft
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Comando de Preparo (COMPREP)

no permanent aircraft assigned
Florianópolis is nominated to be closed in the near future.

Guaratinguetá (SBGW)
Rwy: 02/20
Pos: 22°47'30"S 045°12'17"W
Elev: 1761 ft
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Escola de Especialistas da Aeronáutica (EEAR)

C-95
C-98
This unit also has a number of instructional aircraft.

The Neiva Universal is still going strong! They are used by the Air Force Academy, students start with 40 hours on the T-25.
Photo:
Erwin van Dijkman
After the T-25, students progress to the T-27 for another 40 hours. Obviously, the Tucano is famous thanks to the smoke squadron (Fumaça) operating it as well.
Photo:
Erwin van Dijkman
Guarujá/Base Aérea, SP (SBST)
Comando Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Comando de Preparo (COMPREP)

no permanent aircraft asigned

Lagoa Santa (SBLS)
Rwy: 13/31
Pos: 19°39'42"S 043°53'47"W
Elev: 2795 ft
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Diretoria de Material Aeronáutico e Bélico (DIRMAB)

Parque de Material Aeronáutico de Lagoa Santa (PAMA-LS) C-95B
C-98A
YT-25B
T-25C
The Parque de Material Aeronáutico de Lagoa Santa (PAMA-LS) performs overhaul on:
A-29, T-25, T-27, U-7, U-19, and U-42

At the Parque Material Lagoa Santa, maintenance is performed on the T-25 among other types. The unit has its own Universal, this YT-25B, the only camouflaged one!
Photo:
Erwin van Dijkman
Manaus-Ponta Pelada (SBMN)
Rwy: 09/27
Pos: 03°08'46"S 059°59'11"W
Elev: 267 ft
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Ala 8

7°/8°GAv H-1H
H-60L
Harpia


1°/4°GAv F-5EM Pacau


1°/9°GAv C-105A Arara


7°ETA C-97
C-98
C-98A
Cobra

Over two dozen Caravans are used as light transports and station hacks, like this Natal based example.
Photo:
Erwin van Dijkman
Natal-Augusto Severo (SBNT)
Rwy: 12/30, 16L/34R, 16R/34L
Pos: 05°54'41"S 035°14'52"W
Elev: 169 ft
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Ala 10

1°/5°GAv C-95
C-95A
Rumba


2°/5°GAv A-29A
A-29B
Joker


1°/11°GAv H-50 Gavião

The mighty AH-2 Sabre (Mi-35M) is operated from Porto Velho.
Photo:
Erwin van Dijkman
Pirassununga-Campo Fontenelle (SBYS)
Rwy: 02L/20R, 02C/20C, 02R/20L
Pos: 21°59'04"S 047°20'05"W
Elev: 1968 ft
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Esquadrão de Demonstração Aérea (EDA)

Esquadrilha da Fumaça A-29A
A-29B
Esquadrilha da Fumaça
(Smoke Squadron)
Academia da Força Aérea (AFA)

1°EIA T-27 Ad Astra


2°EIA T-25A
T-25C


Clube de Vôo a Vela G-19A
TZ-15
Z-17
TZ-17
Z-20
TZ-20
TZ-23
Z-33
Z-180
Voar pelo prazer de voar


Clube de Ultraleves T-8A
T-8B
1°EIA Controls Esquadrilhas Antares, Castor, Sirius, and Vega
2°EIA Controls Esquadrilhas Orion, Centaurus, Aquila, and Leo

Porto Velho-Gov.Jorge Teixerade Oliveira (SBPV)
Rwy: 01/19
Pos: 08°42'33"S 063°54'08"W
Elev: 294 ft
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Ala 6

2°/8°GAv AH-2
H-1H
Poti


2°/3°GAv A-29A
A-29B
C-98
Grifo

Odd and rare are the reconnaissance Learjets of 1°/6°GAv. Dramatic angle view of 6002 that participated in the exercise Cruzeiro do Sul 2004.
Photo:
Chris Lofting
Recife-Guararepes/Gilberto Freyre Intl (SBRF)
Rwy: 18/36
Pos: 08°07'36"S 034°55'23"W
Elev: 33 ft
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Ala 15

2°ETA C-95B
C-95BM
C-97
C-98A
Pastor
Diretoria de Material Aeronáutico e Bélico (DIRMAB)

Parque de Material Aeronáutico de Recife (PAMA-RF) AT-26
U-35
U-55
Parque de Material Aeronáutico de Recife (PAMA-RF) performs overhaul on the types listed.

Rio de Janeiro-Galeão/Antônio Carlos Jobim Intl (SBGL)
Rwy: 10/28, 15/33
Pos: 22°48'36"S 043°15'02"W
Elev: 28 ft
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Ala 11

1°GTT C-130M
KC-130M

C-130 (C-130E)(wfu)
C-130 (C-130H)(wfu)
C-130 (SC-130)(wfu)
KC-130 (KC-130H)(wfu)


1°/2°GT C-99A Condor


2°/2°GT KC-137 (wfu)
B767-31A(ER) (o/o)
Corsário


3°ETA C-95B
C-95CM
C-97
Pioneiro
Diretoria de Material Aeronáutico e Bélico (DIRMAB)

Parque de Material Aeronáutico do Galeão (PAMA-GL) A-1A/B/M
C-130 variants
The Hercules fleet is now concentrated at Galeão and the units have lost their squadron designations until the arrival of the KC390s. All the heavy transports will be re-distributed / assigned to the three squadrons.
The B767 is leased until 2019.
Parque de Material Aeronáutico do Galeão (PAMA-GL) performs overhaul on the types listed.

Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont/Jóia Rara (SBRJ)
Rwy: 02L/20R, 02R/20L
Pos: 22°54'36"S 043°09'45"W
Elev: 11 ft
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Grupo Especial de Inspeção em Vôo (GEIV)

IC-95B
IC-95C
IU-93A

The Super Tucano is now the most numerous combat aircraft in FAB service and enjoys some export success as well.
Photo:
Erwin van Dijkman
Salvador-Deputado Luis Eduardo Magelhaes (SBSV)
Rwy: 10/28, 17/35
Pos: 12°54'40"S 038°19'52"W
Elev: 64 ft
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Ala 14

1°/7°GAv P-3AM Orungan

Santa Cruz-Bartolomeu de Gusmão (SBSC)
Rwy: 05/23
Pos: 22°55'56"S 043°43'09"W
Elev: 10 ft
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Ala 12

3°/8°GAv H-34
H-36
T-25C
Puma


1°/1°GAvCa F-5EM Jambock / 'Senta a Pua!'


2°/1°GAvCa F-5EM Rompe Mato

Recently, all A-1s were concentrated at Santa Maria.
Photo:
Erwin van Dijkman
Santa Maria (SBSM)
Rwy: 02/20, 11/29
Pos: 29°42'41"S 053°41'17"W
Elev: 287 ft
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Ala 4

5°/8°GAv H-1H
H-60L
Pantera


1°/10°GAv A-1
A-1A
RA-1A
A-1B
RA-1B
Poker


3°/10°GAv A-1A
A-1B
Centauro


1°/12°GAv RQ-450 Hórus

São Gabriel da Cachoeira (SBUA)
Rwy: 05/23
Pos: 00°08'54"S 066°59'08"W
Elev: 249 ft
Comando Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Comando de Preparo (COMPREP)

Destacamento de Aeronáutica de São Gabriel da Cachoeira (DASG)
The air base serves as a Forward Operating Location (FOL) in the SIVAM-project and deployments of aircraft take place here occasionally.

São José dos Campos-Prof Urbano Ernesto Stumpf (SBSJ)
Rwy: 15/33
Pos: 23°13'45"S 045°51'41"W
Elev: 2120 ft
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Instituto de Pesquisa e Ensaios em Voo (IPEV)

A-1B/M
A-29B (loan)
C-95B
C-97
H-60L (loan)
U-35

São Paulo-Guarulhos/Governador André Franco Mororo (SBGR)
Rwy: 09L/27R, 09R/27L
Pos: 23°26'08"S 046°28'23"W
Elev: 2459 ft
Ala Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Ala 13

4°ETA C-95B
C-95BM
Carajá

São Paulo-Marte (SBMT)
Rwy: 12/30
Pos: 23°30'33"S 046°38'16"W
Elev: 2368 ft
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Diretoria de Material Aeronáutico e Bélico (DIRMAB)

Parque de Material Aeronáutico de São Paulo (PAMA-SP) F-5EM
F-5FM
C-105
SC-105
Parque de Material Aeronáutico de São Paulo (PAMA-SP) performs overhaul on the types listed.

Vilhena (SBVH)
Rwy: 03/21
Pos: 12°41'40"S 060°05'54"W
Elev: 2018 ft
Comando Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Comando de Preparo (COMPREP)

The air base serves as a Forward Operating Location (FOL) in the SIVAM-project and deployments of aircraft take place here occasionally.

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