Country Profile

Republic of Chile
(República de Chile)

Key Facts

Date of Independence:
25 April 1844
Capital City:
Total Area Ranking:
38 of 236 in the World
Population Size Ranking:
62 of 242 in the World

The Country


Situated south of Peru and west of Bolivia and Argentina, Chile fills a narrow 4506 kilometers (2880 miles) strip between the Andes and the Pacific. One-third of Chile is covered by the towering ranges of the Andes. At the southern tip of Chile’s mainland is Punta Arenas, the southernmost city in the world, and beyond that lies the Strait of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego, an island divided between Chile and Argentina. The southernmost point of South America is Cape Horn, a rock on Horn Island in the Wollaston group, which belongs to Chile. Chile also claims sovereignty over 1,250.000 square kilometres (482,628 square miles) of Antarctic territory; the Juan Fernández Islands and Easter Island.

It is located between 60° to 75° western geographic longitude and 17° to 56° southern geographic latitude and has an area of 756,950 square kilometres (292,260 square miles). The latitude and longitude of the capital, Santiago, are about 70°40′ W and 33°27′ S.

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National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Chile History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Chile
World Travel Guide – South America – Chile
wikipedia: Chile
wikipedia: History of Chile
Library of Congress / Area Handbook Series / Chile
Governments on the WWW: Chile


Text to be added on the development of aviation in Chile.


Civil Aircraft Registrations

The registration prefix ‘CC-‘ is used from 1929 to present; eg:CC-AAA to CC-ZZZ.

All-time Chile – civil aircraft register (B-Caa CC-aaa).
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Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Chile)
Naval Aviation (Servicio de Aviación de la Armada de Chile)
Army Aviation (Comando de Aviación del Ejército de Chile)

Central Government Agencies

Government Aviation – VIP transport is provided by the Air Force
Coast Guard Aviation – the Coast Guard is part of the Navy. No separate aviation unit

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation (INAER Chile)
Gendarmerie Aviation (Prefectura Aeropolicial de Carabineros de Chile)
Police Aviation (Policía de Investigaciones de Chile)

Commercial Aviation

Linea Aerea Nacional-Chile (LAN Chile)
LAN Chile Cargo
Sky Service SA dba
Transporte Aereo SA

wikipedia: Airlines of Chile
The World’s Airlines: Chile

Private Aviation

To be added.


Aircraft Manufacturers

ENAER (Empresa Nacional de Aeronáutica de Chile)

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.


Civil Airports & Airfields

Civil Airports and Airfields Listing
Airports in Chile

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing

On Show

Aviation Museums

Museo Historico de Carabineros de Chile, Providencia
Museo Nacional de Aeronautica de Chile, Santiago

Airshow Dates:
Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

Magazines Guide for Chile

Aviation Bibliography

Central American and Caribbean Air Forces (Daniel Hagedorn)

Air Arsenal North America (Phil Butler)

Texan and Harvards in Latin America (Dan Hagedorn)

Latin American Fighters (Iñigo Guevara y Moyano)

Latin American Air Wars and Aircraft 1912-1969 (Dan Hagedorn)

Armed Forces of Latin America (Adrian English)

Latin-American Military Aviation (John Andrade)

World Air Forces Directory (Ian Carroll)

Military Balance (IISS)

World Air Power Journal 31, p. 146-152

World Air Power Journal 33, p. 25

Web Links

El Observador Aeronáutico

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  1. The Carabineros is a part of the Chilean defence force and not a government agency. Similar to the Carabinieri in Italy.

    This from Wikipedia “They report to the Ministerio de Defensa Nacional (Ministry of National Defense) through the Undersecretary of Carabiniers, but since 2011 the Ministry of the Interior and Public Security has full control over them, thus fully separating it from the three other branches by department but still considered a part of the armed forces.”

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