Uruguayan Air Force

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Fuerza Aérea Uruguaya
English Title:
Uruguayan Air Force
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

Air Force History

Key Dates

Uruguayan Air Force Timeline

Current Status

The aircraft of the Air Force are fully operational.

Future Plans

No information available.


National Insignia


Aircraft Serial Numbers

From the early 1930s until the late 1940s the aircraft serials began with number 1 and were used in chronological order as aircraft arrive in the Air Force.

From 1935 prefixes for unit identification were used, e.g. E, B1, B2 and S for the EMA, the Bases Aeronáuticas 1 and 2 and the División Servicios (D.T.A.G.y S.)

From 11.9.1941 another system of prefixes for unit identification were used, e.g. E, B1, B2 and S for the EMA, the Bases Aeronáuticas 1 and 2 and the División Servicios ( D.T.A.G.y S. ), with three digits allocated within the following blocks:

001 to 099 helicopters

100 to 199 bomber and crew trainers

200 to 299 fighters and advanced trainers

300 to 399 basic and advanced trainers

400 to 499 (reserved)

500 to 599 transports

600 to 699 primary trainers

700 to 799 communcations

800 to 899 miscellaneous types

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

To be added.


Main Headquarters

Comando General de la Fuerza Aérea, Base Aérea Cap. Boiso Lanza, Avenida Don Pedro de Mendoza 5553, Montevideo.

Organisational Structure

The Air Operations Command (Comando Aéreo de Operaciones) is divided into three Brigada Aéreas, each consisting of one to four squadrons (Escuadrón Aéreo).

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1927)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1937)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1941)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1947)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1957)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1967)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1977)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1987)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1997)

All-Time Flying Units List

Units Listing

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The Uruguay Air Force currently operates four mayor airbases.
Military Air Bases Listing

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Military Air Bases Listing

More Information


Armed Forces of Latin America (Adrian English)
Latin American Military Aviation (John Andrade, Midland Counties, 1982)
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)
Aircraft of the Chaco War 1928-1935 (Dan Hagedorn / Antonio L. Sapienza)
Air Arsenal North America (Phil Butler)
Militair 1982 (Aviation Press, 1982)


World Air Power Journal No.31 p. 154-157


Fuerza Aérea Uruguaya (official hompage)
Fuerza Aérea Uruguaya
Memorias del Tiempo del Vuelo
Scramble: Uruguay Air Arms

Any photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

One thought on “Uruguayan Air Force

  1. Hi

    Soy la hija de Bonifacio Ortiz, pionero de la fuerza aerea uruguaya de Los tiempos de Gestido , eran amigos, tengo la information que una de las calles dentro de Boiso Lanza lleva el nombre de mi padre, podrian darme mas datos ? Yo vivo en Australia hace 45 anios, tengo familia en Montevideo pero no estan interesados en buscar nuestros raices, ni siquiera me acuerdo del grado que llego a tener ya que in accidente aero militar lo déjo incapacitado para volar, fue retirado , desde ya les agradezco mucho la information, atentamente Anna Ortiz

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