Base Aérea Teniente-Coronel Herman Acosta Mejia

Airfield Profile

Ownership

Operator: Honduran Air Force.

Location

Address: Not known.

Nearest Town/City: to be added.

  Latitude Longitude
Deg. Min. Sec. S 25° 14′ 23.00″ W 057° 31′ 09.00″
Decimal N 25.239722° E 57.519167°

Elevation: 1004 m/3294 ft

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History

Name Changes

?? – Present

Narrative Summary

The airbase became operational in 1931. The transport aircraft and the helicopter fleet of the FAH are based here. The headquarters of the FAH are also located at Toncontin IAP.

Key Dates

??    Formal opening of the base

Runways

Direction Length Width Surface
Metres (m) Feet (ft) Metres (m) Feet (ft)
01/19 1869 6132 45 148 Paved

Residents

The following organisations are, or were, permanently based at this location:

Based Military Units

Uruguayan Air Force

Based Civilian Operators

To be added.

Photo Gallery

To be added.

More Information

Books

None known

Magazines

Feature articles to be added.

Websites

http://wikimapia.org/18906197/es/Base-A%C3%A9rea-%C3%91U-GUAZU

Disclaimer: Information is provided on this page for historical purposes only, and not for aerial navigation.

Base Aérea Coronel Jose Enrique Soto Cano

Airfield Profile

Ownership

Operator: Honduran Air Force.

Location

Address: Not known.

Nearest Town/City: to be added.

  Latitude Longitude
Deg. Min. Sec. S 25° 14′ 23.00″ W 057° 31′ 09.00″
Decimal N 25.239722° E 57.519167°

Elevation: 628 m/2062 ft

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History

Name Changes

?? – Present

Narrative Summary

The airbase became operational in 1981. The Academia Militar de Aviación is currently based here.

Key Dates

??    Formal opening of the base

Runways

Direction Length Width Surface
Metres (m) Feet (ft) Metres (m) Feet (ft)
17/35 2441 8008 45 148 Paved

Residents

The following organisations are, or were, permanently based at this location:

Based Military Units

Uruguayan Air Force

Based Civilian Operators

To be added.

Photo Gallery

To be added.

More Information

Books

None known

Magazines

Feature articles to be added.

Websites

http://wikimapia.org/18906197/es/Base-A%C3%A9rea-%C3%91U-GUAZU

Disclaimer: Information is provided on this page for historical purposes only, and not for aerial navigation.

Base Aérea Coronel Hector Caracciolo Moncada

Airfield Profile

Ownership

Operator: Honduran Air Force.

Location

Address: Not known.

Nearest Town/City: to be added.

  Latitude Longitude
Deg. Min. Sec. S 25° 14′ 23.00″ W 057° 31′ 09.00″
Decimal N 25.239722° E 57.519167°

Elevation: 15 m/49 ft

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History

Name Changes

?? – Present

Narrative Summary

The airbase became operational on 25.10.1978. The Escuadrón de Caza is currently based here.

Key Dates

??    Formal opening of the base

Runways

Direction Length Width Surface
Metres (m) Feet (ft) Metres (m) Feet (ft)
06/24 2950 9677 45 148 Paved

Residents

The following organisations are, or were, permanently based at this location:

Based Military Units

Uruguayan Air Force

Based Civilian Operators

To be added.

Photo Gallery

To be added.

More Information

Books

None known

Magazines

Feature articles to be added.

Websites

http://wikimapia.org/18906197/es/Base-A%C3%A9rea-%C3%91U-GUAZU

Disclaimer: Information is provided on this page for historical purposes only, and not for aerial navigation.

Base Aérea Coronel Armando Escalon Espinal

Airfield Profile

Ownership

Operator: Honduran Air Force.

Location

Address: Not known.

Nearest Town/City: to be added.

  Latitude Longitude
Deg. Min. Sec. S 25° 14′ 23.00″ W 057° 31′ 09.00″
Decimal N 25.239722° E 57.519167°

Elevation: 28 m/91 ft

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History

Name Changes

?? – Present

Narrative Summary

The airbase became operational on 12.7.1969. The Primer Grupo Tactico is currently based here.

Key Dates

??    Formal opening of the base

Runways

Direction Length Width Surface
Metres (m) Feet (ft) Metres (m) Feet (ft)
04/22 2805 9203 45 148 Paved

Residents

The following organisations are, or were, permanently based at this location:

Based Military Units

Uruguayan Air Force

Based Civilian Operators

To be added.

Photo Gallery

To be added.

More Information

Books

None known

Magazines

Feature articles to be added.

Websites

http://wikimapia.org/18906197/es/Base-A%C3%A9rea-%C3%91U-GUAZU

Disclaimer: Information is provided on this page for historical purposes only, and not for aerial navigation.

Narrative History

of the Honduran Air Force

 

Military aviation started in Honduras on 19 April 1921, when the first flight of a just procured Bristol F.2b took place. The Escuela Nacional de Aviación was formed in 1924 with 3 Italian aircraft which were later supplemented by 5 other aircraft. On 14 April 1931 the aviation school became part of the Ministry of War, Marine and Aviation. Miliatry aviation became known on 25 February 1936 as Fuerza Aérea y Escuela de Aviación Militar under the command of a U.S. mercenary, Colonel Brooks. During the next years the Honduran Air Force received small quantities of aircraft and had about 22 aircraft in 1942. It was not until December 1944, when Honduras declared war on the Axis powers, that the Air Force received additional training and transport aircraft. After signing the Rio Treaty of 1947 Honduras was given more modern fighter aircraft to form there first combat unit. In 1954 the Air Force became an independent service and the name was changed to Fuerza Aérea Hondureña (FAH). In 1957, after a brief frontier conflict with Nicaragua new combat aircraft were procured as the current equipment was nearing the end of its useful life.

On July 14, 1969 the so called "El Guerra de 100 Horas" between El Salvador and Honduras started. After two soccer matches for the 1970 World Soccer Cup, tensions rose high between the two countries. During and after these matches in Tegucigalpa and San Salvador, supporters of the visiting countries were mistreated, which led to looting and arson against inhabitants of Tegucigalpa, who came from El Salvador. On the 3rd of July 1969 the FAH forced a Piper PA-28 of the Fuerza Aérea Salvadoreña (FAS) to land a was accused of flying a reconnaissance mission for the Salvadoran Army.  On July 12, 1969 the FAH deployed many of its aircraft to San Pedro Sula, headquarters of the FAH Northern Command (El Comando Norte). Four F4U-4, one C-54, one T-28 and one C-185B were based there during the war. Hostilities started on July 14, when units of the Salvadorean Army invaded Honduras and aircraft of the FAS made attacks agaist Honduran troops concentrations and some bombing runs against Tegucigalpa. The next day the FAH organised some retaliatory strikes against Ilopango Airport in San Salvador and the oil refinery in Acajutla. On the same day a FAS Mustang and Corsair attack Toncontin Airport inflicting some demage on hangars at the airbase. On July 17, Major Soto of the FAH manged to down a FAS Mustang, becoming the last Mustang to be shot down in an air-to-air action in history. On July 18, the Organization of American States (OAS) intervened, ordered a cease-fire and the withdrawal of Salvadoran troops, but the Salvadoran government refuses to comply. It was not until August 5, after pressure from the OAS, that El Salvador withdraw its troops from Honduras.

During the next years the FAH tried to receive additional, more modern, equipment and procured some F-86 from Venezuela and Yugoslavia, A-37 from the USA and some Super Mystére from Israel. During the 1980s U.S. backed Contra-forces, who fought against the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua, operated from bases within Honduras. On May 21, 1985, President Suazo Córdova and U.S. President Ronald W. Reagan signed a joint communiqué that amended a 1982 annex to the 1954 Military Assistance Agreement between the two countries. The new accord allowed the United States to expand and improve its temporary facilities at Palmerola Air Base near Comayagua and to operate the 1.Batallion/228.Aviation Regiment of the U.S. Army from this base. Today the FAH is organised in four operational squadrons and one flying
school.
 

 

Key Dates

of the Honduran Air Force
19.4.1921    Military aviation started with the procurement of two Bristol F.2b.
1924 The Escuela Nacional de Aviación was formed.
14.4.1931 The aviation school became part of the Ministry of War, Marine and Aviation.
25.2.1936 Fuerza Aérea y Escuela de Aviación Militar was formed.
1954 The FAEAM became an independent service and was renamed Fuerza Aérea Hondureña (FAH).
1957 Frontier conflict with Nicaragua.
14.7.1969 The so called "El Guerra de 100 Horas" between El Salvador and Honduras started.
5.8.1969   After pressure from the OAS, El Salvador withdraw its troops from Honduras.
21.5.1985   Honduras and the USA signed an agreement for the further use of Palmerola AB.

Honduran Air Force

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Air Force History

Key Dates

Air Force Timeline

Current Status

The aircraft of the Air Force are fully operational.

Future Plans

No information available.

Markings

National Insignia

CurrentHistorical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The first serials were allocated to aircraft in 19??. Serials began with number 1 and are used in chronological order as aircraft arrive in the Air Force.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

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.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Jefatura de las Fuerzas Armadas, Cuartel General, Base Aérea Mejia, Toncontin.

Organisational Structure

The Air Force is organised in four operational squadrons and one flying school.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1936)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1969)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1982)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1995)

All-Time Flying Units List

Units Listing

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

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

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Military Air Bases Listing

More Information

Books

Armed Forces of Latin America (Adrian English)
Latin American Military Aviation (John Andrade, Midland Counties, 1982)
Latin American Air Wars and Aircraft 1912-1969 (Dan Hagedorn)
Air Arsenal North America (Phil Butler)
Militair 1982 (Aviation Press, 1982)
Los Aviones de la Fuerza Aerea Hondurena (Jaime Guell Bogran, 2012, Fundacion Museo del Aire de Honduras)

Magazines

World Air Power Journal No.32 p. 152-154

Websites

Fuerza Aérea Hondureña
Scramble: Honduran Air Arms
CatrachoWings.com™ ®

Any photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

National Markings
Honduran Air Force

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the Honduran Air Force since its formation:


                                   
                             Main Marking                        Fin Flash   

n/a-Present
The main marking is displayed on 2 positions on the tailfin of aircraft and helicopters. Most aircraft have ‘FAH’ applied on the fin and the serial number.