The shape of things to come, FAB's new jet fighter is the F-39E (JAS39NG).

Sargento Müller, Agência Força Aérea

The first operational KC-390, 2853, is seen here at Malta. Ala 2 received these machines at Anápolis in 2019.

Shaun Psaila

Alcântara/Centro de Lançamento de Alcântara, MA (SNCW)

RWY 09/27     POS 02°22'22"S 044°23'47"W     ELEV 131 ft

Ala Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Centro de Lançamento de Alcântara (CLA)
C-98
Anápolis (SBAN)

RWY 06/24     POS 16°13'45"S 048°57'51"W     ELEV 3728 ft

Ala Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Ala 2
1°GDA F-39E
F-39F (o/o)
Jaguar

1°/4°GAv F-39E (o/o) Pacau

2°/6°GAv C-98
E-99
R-99
Guardiao

1°GTT KC-390 Zeus / Coral / Cascavel
Comando de Preparo (COMPREP)
Grupo Fox F-39E
1°/4°GAv is to be the second Gripen squadron, the former F-5EM unit will stand up again on 29 July 2024.
The former unit names of 1°/1°GTT (Coral) and 2°/1°GTT (Cascavel) are sometimes used as call signs, along the 1°GTT nomen (Zeus).
Grupo Fox is tasked with achieving initial operating capability for the F-39 Gripen.

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.

Chris Lofting

Odd and rare are the reconnaissance Learjets of 1°/6°GAv. Dramatic angle view of 6002. These were withdrawn from use in 2022.

Chris Lofting

Barbacena-Maj.Bgd.Doorgal Borges (SBBQ)

RWY 18/36     POS 21°16'02"S 043°45'40"W     ELEV 3657 ft

Ala Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
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

Ala Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Centro de Instrução e Adaptação da Aeronáutica (CIAAR)
C-95

Many EMB120 Brasilias are in use as passenger transport augmenting and replacing the C-95. This one is operated by 6°ETA.

Erwin van Dijkman

Backbone of the transport fleet is the C-95. Seen here is a modernised C-95BM (EMB110K1.)

Marco van Halum

Belém-Val de Cães Intl (SBBE)
Ala Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Ala 9
3°/7°GAv P-95BM Netuno

1°ETA C-95BM
C-95CM
C-97
C-98A
Tracaja
Boa Vista (SBBV)

RWY 08/26     POS 02°50'47"N 060°41'24"W     ELEV 276 ft

Ala Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Ala 7
1°/3°GAv A-29A
A-29B
Escorpiao

Two VH-34 Super Pumas, like 8735 seen here, were replaced by two VH-36 EC725 at VIP unit GTE.

Erwin van Dijkman

Contrary to the Super Puma, the VIP VC-1A (A319) can be seen in Europe sometimes.

Anton Homma

Brasilia-Pres.Juscelino Kubitschek Intl (SBBR)

RWY 11L/29R, 11R/29L     POS 15°51'46"S 047°54'46"W     ELEV 3479 ft

Ala Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
GTE
1°/1°GTE VC-1A
VC-2

2°/1°GTE C-99A
VC-99B
VC-99C

3°/1°GTE VH-35
VH-36
Ala 1
6°ETA C-95BM
C-95CM
C-97
C-98A
U-55C
U-100
Guará

FAB always supports the local aircraft industry, so they obtained four U-100 (EMB505 Phenom) for VIP use by 6°ETA.

Robbert Snijders

Two VH-35 are in use with the GTE for VIPs and besides Brasilia, Congonhas' VIP terminal is a good place to catch them.

Erwin van Dijkman

Campo Grande (SBCG)

RWY 06/24     POS 20°28'07"S 054°40'21"W     ELEV 1833 ft

Ala Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Ala 5
2°/10°GAv SC-105
H-60L
Pelicano

3°/3°GAv A-29A
A-29B
Flecha

1°/15°GAv C-98A
C-105A
Onça
Canoas (SBCO)

RWY 12/30     POS 29°56'45"S 051°08'40"W     ELEV 26 ft

Ala Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Ala 3
2°/7°GAv P-95B Phoenix

1°/14°GAv F-5EM
F-5FM
Pampa

5°ETA C-95BM
C-95CM
C-97
C-98A
Pégaso

After a modernisation programme the Brazilian Tigers are here to stay for a while.

Erwin van Dijkman

Another a2a shot of a Brazilian legacy jet, the A-1 AMX.

Erwin van Dijkman

Curitiba-Bacacheri (SBBI)

RWY 18/36     POS 25°24'18"S 049°13'55"W     ELEV 3057 ft

Ala Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Segundo Centro Integrado de Defesa Aérea e Controle de Tráfego Aéreo (CINDACTA II)
C-98
Dos Afonsos-Campo delio Jardim de Mattos (SBAF)

RWY 08/26     POS 22°52'30"S 043°23'05"W     ELEV 110 ft

Ala Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Museu Aerospacial (MUSAL)
various preserved types
The co-located Parque de Material Aeronáutico Afonsos (PAMA-AF) was closed by 31 December 2019.

The last Herks have recently been withdrawn. This ex Italian 2475 belonged to 1°GTT at the time of the photograph.

Erwin van Dijkman

Besides the cargo variant, the C295 is also used in the Search and Rescue role, as SC-105.

Raymond van Dijkhuizen

Eirunepé (SWEI)

RWY 16/34     POS 06°38'22"S 069°52'40"W     ELEV 412 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.
Florianópolis-Hercilio Luz (SBFL)

RWY 03/21, 14/32     POS 27°40'14"S 048°32'50"W     ELEV 20 ft

Comando Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Comando de Preparo (COMPREP)
no permanent aircraft assigned
Florianópolis is nominated to be closed in the near future.
Gaviao Peixoto/Embraer-Unidade Gaviao Peixoto, SP (SBGP)
Ala Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Centro de Ensaios em Voo do Gripen (GFTC)
F-39E
Guaratinguetá (SBGW)

RWY 02/20     POS 22°47'30"S 045°12'17"W     ELEV 1761 ft

Ala Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
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.

Erwin van Dijkman

After the T-25, students progress to the T-27 for another 40 hours.

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

Ala Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Diretoria de Material Aeronáutico e Bélico (DIRMAB)
Parque de Material Aeronáutico de Lagoa Santa (PAMA-LS) Operates:
C-95B
C-98
YT-25B
Maintenance and upgrades on:
A-29
C/P-95
C-97
C-98
G-19
T-25
T-27
IU-93

At the Parque Material Lagoa Santa, maintenance is performed on the T-27 and T-25 among other types. The unit has its own Universal, this YT-25B, the only camouflaged one!

Erwin van Dijkman

Over two dozen Caravans are used as light transports and station hacks, like this Natal based example.

Erwin van Dijkman

Manaus-Ponta Pelada (SBMN)

RWY 09/27     POS 03°08'46"S 059°59'11"W     ELEV 267 ft

Ala Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Ala 8
7°/8°GAv H-60L Harpia

1°/9°GAv C-105A Arara

7°ETA C-97
C-98
C-98A
Cobra
Natal-Augusto Severo (SBNT)

RWY 12/30, 16L/34R, 16R/34L     POS 05°54'41"S 035°14'52"W     ELEV 169 ft

Ala Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Ala 10
1°/8°GAv H-36 Falcao

1°/5°GAv C-95BM
C-95CM
Rumba

2°/5°GAv A-29A
A-29B
Joker

1°/11°GAv H-50
H-125 (o/o)
Gavião

Ala 10 C-98

The famous smoke squadron 'Fumaça' now operates the A-29 Super Tucano.

Geurt van den Berg

Here we see "1" in action, eying the photographer.

Wim Sonneveld

Pirassununga-Campo Fontenelle (SBYS)

RWY 02L/20R, 02C/20C, 02R/20L     POS 21°59'04"S 047°20'05"W     ELEV 1968 ft

Ala Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Esquadrão de Demonstração Aérea (EDA)
Esquadrilha da Fumaça A-29A
A-29B
Esquadrilha da Fumaça
(Smoke Squadron)
Academia da Força Aérea (AFA)
H-50
H-125 (o/o)

1°EIA T-27
T-27M
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
Z-180
Voar pelo prazer de voar
1°EIA Controls Esquadrilhas Antares, Castor, Sirius, and Vega
2°EIA Controls Esquadrilhas Orion, Centaurus, Aquila, and Leo

Not often seen are the gliders used by the Air Force Academy, like this TZ-23 Super Blanik.

Wim Sonneveld

AFA uses the Embraer 201A Ipanema (or G-19A) as tug for the gliders.

Wim Sonneveld

Porto Velho-Gov.Jorge Teixerade Oliveira (SBPV)

RWY 01/19     POS 08°42'33"S 063°54'08"W     ELEV 294 ft

Ala Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Ala 6
2°/3°GAv A-29A
A-29B
C-98
Grifo
Recife-Guararepes/Gilberto Freyre Intl (SBRF)

RWY 18/36     POS 08°07'36"S 034°55'23"W     ELEV 33 ft

Ala Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Ala 15
2°ETA C-95BM
C-97
C-98A
Pastor
The co-located Parque de Material Aeronáutico Recife (PAMA-RF)
ceased activities by 31 December 2013, and was closed by 31 December 2015.

The air force uses the Esquilo for training and liaison duties.

Wim Sonneveld

Despite the local Helibras brew, Brazil is an avid user of the S-70 too. Army, Navy and FAB all use them.

Erik Sleutelberg

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

Força Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Quinta Força Aérea
(V FAE)

1°/1°GT C-130M (wfu)
KC-130M (wfu)
KC-390
Gordo
Ala 11
1°/2°GT C-97
C-99A
Condor

2°/2°GT KC-30 Corsário

3°ETA C-95BM
C-95CM
C-97
Pioneiro
Diretoria de Material Aeronáutico e Bélico (DIRMAB)
Parque de Material Aeronáutico do Galeão (PAMA-GL) VC-1
VC-2
C/E/R-99
C-105
C-130
KC-390
P-3
IU-50
The B767 is leased until 2019.
Parque de Material Aeronáutico do Galeão (PAMA-GL) performs maintenance and upgrades 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

Ala Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Grupo Especial de Inspeção em Vôo (GEIV)
IU-50
IU-93A

The Super Tucano is now the most numerous combat aircraft in FAB service and enjoys some export success as well.

Erwin van Dijkman

Although a couple are for sale, the P-3AMs from 1°/7°GAv remain operational.

Hans Heemskerk

Santa Cruz-Bartolomeu de Gusmão (SBSC)

RWY 05/23     POS 22°55'56"S 043°43'09"W     ELEV 10 ft

Ala Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Ala 12
1°/7°GAv C-97
P-3AM
RQ-1150
Orungan

3°/8°GAv H-36 Puma

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

2°/1°GAvCa F-5EM Rompe Mato
Santa Maria (SBSM)

RWY 02/20, 11/29     POS 29°42'41"S 053°41'17"W     ELEV 287 ft

Ala Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Ala 4
5°/8°GAv H-60L Pantera

1°/10°GAv A-1AM
A-1BM
Poker

3°/10°GAv A-1AM
A-1BM
Centauro

1°/12°GAv RQ-450
RQ-900
RQ-1150
Hórus

Recently, all A-1s were concentrated at Santa Maria.

Erwin van Dijkman

This RQ-1150 Unmanned Aerial System may not appeal to everyone, but it is a beautiful shot!

Johnson Barros

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

Ala Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Instituto de Pesquisa e Ensaios em Voo (IPEV)
A-29B (loan)
C-95B
C-97
H-60L (loan)
São Paulo/Campo de Marte (SBMT)

RWY 12/30     POS 23°30'33"S 046°38'16"W     ELEV 2368 ft

Ala Grupo Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Diretoria de Material Aeronáutico e Bélico (DIRMAB)
Parque de Material Aeronáutico de São Paulo (PAMA-SP) A-1
F-5
H-35
H-36
H-50
H-55
H-60
RQ-types
U-55
U-100
Parque de Material Aeronáutico de São Paulo (PAMA-SP) performs maintenance and upgrades 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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