Armed Forces Overviews
Chile - Air Force
Chile - Air Force
Fuerza Aerea de Chile
Mighty block 50M F-16D over the stunning Andes mountain range in Chile.
Photo:
Cees-Jan van der Ende (www.alfakilo.nl)
Antofagasta/Cerro Moreno (SCFA)
Base Aérea
Rwy: 01/19
Pos: 23°26'40"S 070°26'42"W
Elev: 455 ft
Brigada
V Brigada Aérea
Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Grupo de Aviación Nº7 F-16AM
Grupo de Aviación Nº8 Bell 412EP
C212-300DF
Cirrus SR22T
F-16AM
F-16BM
The F-5E/F Tiger IIIs from Grupo 7 were relocated to Grupo 12, B.A.Chabunco, Punto Arenas by early 2010.
Casa aviocars are still in use as transports and proved invaluable in disaster response to remote areas.
Photo:
Erwin van Dijkman
Iquique/Diego Aracena (SCDA)
Base Aérea Los Condores
Rwy: 18/36
Pos: 20°32'07"S 070°10'53"W
Elev: 156 ft
Brigada
I Brigada Aérea
Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Grupo de Aviación Nº1 A-29B Super Tucano
A-36 Toqui
Grupo de Aviación Nº2 C212-100
Cirrus SR22T
Bell 412EP
Grupo de Aviación Nº3 F-16C-50M
F-16D-50M
The A-29B, delivered in 2010, are operated alongside the A-36s.
Grupo 1 is the sole operator of the A-36 Toqui, an upgraded version of the orginal A-36 Hálcon which in turn is an export version of the C101.
Photo:
Erwin van Dijkman
Puerto Montt/El Tepual (SCTE)
Base Aérea
Rwy: 17/35
Pos: 41°26'20"S 073°05'38"W
Elev: 294 ft
Brigada
III Brigada Aérea
Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Grupo de Aviación Nº5 CJ1
DHC-6-100
DHC-6-300
UH-1H
S-70A-39
The Chilean Air Force is probably the largest military user of Twin Otters. Grupos 5 and 6 operate them as well as Grupo 19 in support of the Chilean Antarctic mission.
Photo:
Erwin van Dijkman
Punta Arenas/Pdte. Carlos Ibáñez del Campo (SCCI)
Base Aérea Chabunco
Rwy: 01/19, 07/25, 12/30
Pos: 53°00'10"S 070°51'17"W
Elev: 139 ft
Brigada
IV Brigada Aérea
Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Grupo de Aviación Nº6 Bell 412SP
DHC-6-300
Grupo de Aviación Nº12 F-5E Tiger III
F-5F Tiger III
Grupo 4 has been disbanded.
IV BA also controls Grupo de Exploración Antártica Nº19 (at B.A. Teniente Marsh), Grupo de Defensa Antiaérea Nº23 and Grupo de Communicaciones y Detección Nº33.
The civilian part of the airfield is also known as Pdte. Carlos Ibanez del Campo.
The A-37B from Grupo 12 were withdrawn from use on 24 November 2009, having been replaced by the F-5E/F Tiger III from Grupo 7.
Not just your ordinary Tiger but highly upgraded 'Tigre III', with beyond visible range missile capability, are operated by Grupo 12.
Photo:
Erwin van Dijkman
Santiago/Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez Int'l (SCEL)
BA Pudahuel
Rwy: 17/35
Pos: 33°23'35"S 070°47'09"W
Elev: 1555 ft
Brigada
II Brigada Aérea
Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Grupo de Aviación Nº10 Bell 412EP
EB-707-385C Cóndor
B737-330QC, B737-58N
B767-300
C-130B/H
KC-135E
G-IV
O-2A
Grupo de Aviación Nº9 Bell 206B
UH-1H
Bell 412EP
PA-28-236
Servicio Aerofotogramétrico (SAF) DHC-6-100
LR-35A
The O-2A are detached at Isla de Pascua (Easter Island or Rapa Nui). The B737-500 is owned by the ministry of the Interior.
Freshly delivered and seen at homebase A.M.Benitez is this former USAF KC-135E.
Photo:
Fernando Olivares
Santiago/El Bosque (SCBQ)
Base Aérea
Rwy: 02/20
Pos: 33°33'42"S 070°41'18"W
Elev: 1844 ft
Brigada
Escuela de Aviación 'Capitan Manuel Avalos Prado'
Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Escuela de Aviación T-35A
T-35B
PA-28
Escuadrilla de Alta Acrobacia Extra 300L Los Halcones
Escuela de Especialidades
Sargento 1º Adolfo Menadier Rojas
various i/a
División de Abastecimiento (DdA) various stored aircraft
(A-37, Elkan, Halcón, Pantera, T-37)
On the outskirts of Santiago you will find Vitacura were the FACH gliders are based. This Janus C is seen soaring past.
Photo:
Erwin van Dijkman
Santiago/Municipal de Vitacura (SCLC)
Rwy: 07/25
Pos: 33°22'50"S 070°34'55"W
Elev: 2250 ft
Brigada
Escuela de Aviación 'Capitan Manuel Avalos Prado'
Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Escuela de Aviación Discus T
Janus C
L-13 Blanik
L-23 Super Blanik
Nimbus 3DT
Nimbus 4M
O-1A
Ventus cM
The indigenous T-35 Pillán is based on the PA-28 Dakota and is used in the primary training (T-35A) and navigation training (T-35B) roles at El Bosque. The aircraft saw only marginal export success in its early years (with Spain being the only customer), but international sales have picked up the last ten years with Paraguay, Panama and The Dominican Republic acquiring factory fresh examples and El Salvador and Guatemala receiving former FACh aircraft.
Photo:
Cees-Jan van der Ende (www.alfakilo.nl)
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