Hanriot HD.1

in Paraguayan Air Force service

History

Three Hanriot HD.1 obtained direct from the manufacturer in 1923. Used by the ??


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
  n/a   1923 n/a
  n/a   1923 n/a
  n/a   1923 n/a


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Cessna 208 Grand Caravan

in Paraguayan Air Force Service

History

Two Cessna 208B Caravan ordered March 2011 and delivered from December 2011. Used by the Grupo Aéreo de Transporte Especiales.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
0250 208B-2306 N51444, ZP-BDO 2 Dec 2011  
0251 ? ZP-BBN 28 Jun 2012  


Pictures



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References

Other Sources

To be added.

Bell 427

in Paraguayan Air Force service

History

One Bell 427 donated by Taiwan on 4 May 2011. Used by the Presidential Flight.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
H-0401 56011 N367ND May 2011 n/a


Pictures


MyAviation.net:
Click here for bigger photo!
Photographer © JerryE


More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2013/2014 (Ian Carroll)

Other Sources

To be added.

Aircraft Not Used

by the Paraguayan Air Force

This page gives details of the aircraft types that were offered or promised to the Paraguayan Air Force, but not delivered, cancelled official orders, and types have been falsely reported as being in service.

Cessna T-37C
The supply of 12 ex-Brazilian Air Force T-37Cs was proposed in 1979 to replace FAP T-6 trainers, but the US government vetoed the deal.
Tweet and Dragonfly: The Story of the Cessna A-37 and T-37

Mil Mi-8T ‘Hip’
A Mil-8T was reportedly delivered in May 1992 and written off in 1994. This machine was actually leased to the Policia Nacional and not the Air Force.

Northrop F-5E Tiger II
A deal to obtain 12 F-5E/F aircraft from Taiwan was under negotiation in the late 1990s, but could not be completed due to lack of funds and air base infrastructure limitations.

Paraguayan Air Force

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Air Force History

Key Dates

1914    Escuela de Aviación Militar (EAM) was formed.
1932 – 1935    >War of Chaco.
1935    The air force was named Arma Aérea Paraguay.
26 July 1989    Fuerza Aérea Paraguay became an independent service.

Current Status

The aircraft of the Air Force are fully operational.

Future Plans

No information available.

Markings

National Insignia

CurrentHistorical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Serial numbers consist of a four-digit number prexfied FAP. Until 1980 transport aircraft were prefixed T, training aircraft E and helicopter H with a three-digit number.

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

False reports of aircraft on order or in service

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Ministerio de Defensa Nacional, Avenida Mariscal Lopez y Vicepresidente Sanchez, Asunción

Organisational Structure

Today the FAP is organised in the I Brigada Aérea, Brigada Aerotransportada "Silvio Pettirossi" and the Comando de Institutos Aeronauticos de Ensenanza.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1929)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1934)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1947)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1975)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1993)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 2003)

All-Time Flying Units List

Units Listing

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The Paraguay Air Force currently operates three major airbases and six secondary airfields.
Military Air Bases Listing

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Paraguayan Army Aviation operated from one mayor airbase.
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)
Aircraft of the Chaco War 1928-1935 (Dan Hagedorn / Antonio L. Sapienza)
Air Arsenal North America (Phil Butler)
Militair 1982 (Aviation Press, 1982)

Magazines

World Air Power Journal No.31 p. 150-152

Websites

Fuerza Aérea Paraguay (official)
Fuerzas Armadas de Paraguay
Aeronaves de la Base Aérea de Ñu-Guazú
Paraguayan Air Force / Paraguayan Naval Air Arm
Scramble: Paraguayan Air Arms

Any photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

Narrative History

of the Paraguayan Air Force

Military aviation started in 1913 with the purchase of an Deperdussin T. In 1914 an Escuela de Aviación Militar (EAM) was formed and operated under the control of the Paraguay Army, with one Henri Farman and two Bleriot aircraft and Teniente Silvio Pettrossi as first dircetor. Pettrossi died on October 17, 1916, when he crashed with the Deperdussin T in Buenos Aires. After three years without flight activity the EAM was reactivated with the acquisition of one each Macchi-Lohner L-3 flying boat and Macchi M-7.

At the beginning of 1922 there was no operational aircraft in Paraguay. From May 1922 army officers rebelled against the government of President Ayala. Both sides tried to buy aircraft and recrut pilots in Argentina. The first aircraft, which the government forces got, was an Armstrong Whitworth F.K.8, followed by a single SPAD S.XX, two Italian built S.A.M.L. A.3s, two Ansaldo SVA-5s and one SVA-10 operating out of Base Aérea Ñu-Guazú/ Asunción. The first operational mission to bomb rebel positions was flown on June 29, 1922. During August 1922 the rebel forces bought four Ansaldo aircraft in Argentina and started to fly combat operations. At the end the government forces were victorious.

Tension with Bolivia grow from 1927 about the Chaco region and on January 13, 1929 Paraguay commenced mobilisation. After some skirmished in 1932 the congress of Paraguay called up reservists. On September 9, 1932 the first major aerial combat of the war occured, when two Bolivian aircraft met two Paraguay aircraft at Fortín Boquerón and managed to shot down one Potez 25A of the Pagarguay Air Force. During the next months there were many additional engagements between the two Air Forces. During 1933 the war became more static, as both sides fortified their defensive positions. There were no air engagements from June 1933 till June 1934. The last air combat took place on January 10, 1935, almost 6 month before the cease fire. Paraguay lost 11 aircraft during this conflict.

From 1935 the air force was called Arma Aérea Paraguay, still under Army control.

During World War Two Paraguay did not declare war on the Axis powers until February 1945. The Air Force did not receive large quantities of aircraft though the Lend-Lease Program, but only about 35 training and transport aircraft including BT-13A and PT-19A.

After a failed coup in December 1946 a full-scale civil war broke out with both sides operating aircraft. The rebels formed an Arma Aérea Revolucionaria with eight aircraft from defected pilots of the government air force on March 8, 1947. Some days later they attacked government positions at Belén-Cué and Paso Né, near San Pedro. During the next months, there were several operations by both air forces to support their respective ground forces. The revolution ended on August 20, 1947 and all rebel aircraft fled to Brazil and Argentina. They were later returned to Paraguay.

The Air Force entered the jet age, when they bought some EMB-326 Xavante in 1979. During the next years only small quantities of combat, liaison and transport aircraft were aquired. The Air Force became an independent service only on 26.7.1989 and renamed Fuerza Aérea Paraguay (FAP).

Today the FAP is organised in the I Brigada Aérea, Brigada Aerotransportada "Silvio Pettirossi" and the Comando de Institutos Aeronauticos de Ensenanza, which were formed 1991.

 

National Markings

of the Paraguayan Air Force

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


                         (no main marking used)          
                               Main Marking                        Fin Flash

 

ca 1922 – ca 1928
The fin flash is displayed on the rudder with the serial number applied in the middle.

 


                               
                                          Main Marking                                         Fin Flash

ca 1928 – ca 1935
The main marking is displayed in 4 positions (ie above and below each wing). The fin flash is displayed on the rudder. Most aircraft have the serial number applied on the fuselage and on one position below each wing.

 


                                     
                              Main Marking                              Fin Flash

ca 1935-Present
The main marking and on some aircraft also the serial number with the prefix FAP is displayed in 4 positions (ie above and below each wing, and on each side of the fuselage) of aircraft and on each side of the fuselage of helicopters. The fin flash is displayed on the rudder. Most aircraft have FUERZA AÉREA PARAGUAY and the serial number applied on the fuselage with the prefix FAP, while many helicopters have the serial number applied on the fuselage. Aircraft of the TAM carry the prefix T and show the name TRANSPORTE AEREO MILITAR on each side of the fuselage.

 

Base Aérea Adrián Jara

Airfield Profile

Ownership

Operator: Paraguayan 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: 150 m/492 ft

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History

Name Changes

Base Aérea Silvio Pettirossi IAP ?? – Present

Narrative Summary

The base became operational on 1.2.1972.

Key Dates

??    Formal opening of the base

Runways

Direction Length Width Surface
Metres (m) Feet (ft) Metres (m) Feet (ft)
0?/?? 1500 4921 40 131 Paved

Residents

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

Based Military Units

Paragauyan Air Force
Paraguayan Navy Aviation

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 Aviadores del Chaco

Airfield Profile

Ownership

Operator: Paraguayan 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: ? m/? ft

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History

Name Changes

Base Aérea Silvio Pettirossi IAP ?? – Present

Narrative Summary

The base became operational in 1976.

Key Dates

??    Formal opening of the base

Runways

Direction Length Width Surface
Metres (m) Feet (ft) Metres (m) Feet (ft)
0?/?? 2000 6561 40 131 Paved

Residents

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

Based Military Units

Paragauyan Air Force
Paraguayan Navy Aviation

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.