Key Dates

of the Uruguayan Air Force
17 March 1913    Escuela Militar de Aviación (EMA) was formed.
20 November 1916    Escuela Militar de Aviación (EMA) was reformed.
15 January 1924    The first operational unit, an Escuadrilla de Caza, was formed.
31 December 1935    The Aeronáutica Militar (A.M.) and the Base Aeronáutica No.1 and Base Aeronáutica No.2 were formed.
1951    PLUNA (Primeras Líneas Uruguayas de Navegación Aérea) was formed.
4 December 1953    Fuerza Aérea Uruguaya (FAU) was established.
11 October 1960    Three commands (Comando Aéro-Tactico, Comando Aéreo de Entrenamiento and Comando Aéreo de Material) were formed.
9 July 1965    The Bases Aeronáuticas were reformed as brigades (Brigada Aérea).
17 August 1970    TAMU (Transportes Aéreos Militares Uruguayos) was established.
27 April 1994    All Regimientos Tácticos and Grupos de Aviación became Escuadrones Aéreos.
14 July 1994    All air bases (Aeródromos Militares) were renamed as Bases Aéreas.

 

Uruguayan Air Force

Operator Profile

History

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.

Markings

National Insignia

CurrentHistorical

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

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

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

Books

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)

Magazines

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

Websites

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.

Narrative History

of the Uruguayan Air Force

Military aviation started at Los Cerrillos/Montevideo when the Escuela Militar de Aviación (EMA) was formed on 17.3.1913 with one Framan and one Bleriot XI aircraft. Due to lack of funds the school ceased to exist in July 1913 and was only reactivated on 20.11.1916 at the Paso de Mendoza zone of Montevideo. In 1920 a French military mission arrived in country and brought some training aircraft with them. During the next years the Air Force received some additional aircraft and in 1924 the first operational unit, an Escuadrilla de Caza, was formed.

In 1935 a mayor reorganisation took place, the Air Force became Aeronáutica Militar (A.M.) and the Base Aeronáutica No.1 and Base Aeronáutica No.2 were formed. In 1940, the Uruguayan Government placed base facilities at the disposal of the United States and consequently became eligible for Lend-Lease military aid. During the next years the AM received small quantities of transport and training aircraft. In 1947 a United States air mission arrived in country and the AM was reorganised and the first transport and combat unit were established. After the delivery of 15 North American B-25J Mitchell and 25 North American F-51D Mustang in 1950 a bomber and fighter group were formed. In 1951 a national airline PLUNA (Primeras Líneas Uruguayas de Navegación Aérea) was formed under military control.

The AM was renamed Fuerza Aérea Uruguaya (FAU) on 4.12.1953 and became an independent service. 1955 saw the arrival of the first jet fighter aircraft, the Lockheed AT-33A, in the inventory of the FAU. On 11.10.1960 three commands (Comando Aéro-Tactico, Comando Aéreo de Entrenamiento and Comando Aéreo de Material) were formed to operate all units of the FAU.

By 1961 PLUNA had become an autonomous civil airline and a new military airline TAMU (Transportes Aéreos Militares Uruguayos) was formed in 1970 and aircraft of all Grupos de Aviación (Transporte) shared its equipment to operate a number of routes within the country and later to Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. The aircraft carried both FAU serials and civil registrations.

The Bases Aeronáuticas were reformed in the 1965 as brigades (Brigada Aérea). In the 1970s the Lockheed F-80C were replaced by the Cessna A-37B. During the next years the FAU received small quantities of COIN, transport, traning and liaison aircraft and also some helicopters.

A mayor reorganisation took place on 27.4.1994, when all Regimientos Tácticos and Grupos de Aviación became Escuadrones Aéreos. On 14.7.1994 all air bases (Aeródromos Militares) were renamed as Bases Aéreas.

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

 

Angel San Adami IAP

Airfield Profile

Ownership

Operator: Uruguayan 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: 53 m/174 ft

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History

Name Changes

?? – Present

Narrative Summary

Escuadrón Aéreo 7 (Observación y Enlace) operates from this base.

Key Dates

??    Formal opening of the base

Runways

Direction Length Width Surface
Metres (m) Feet (ft) Metres (m) Feet (ft)
18/36 1250 4101 23 75 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 No.2 Tte 2° Mario W. Parrallada

Airfield Profile

Ownership

Operator: Uruguayan 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: 93 m/305 ft

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History

Name Changes

?? – Present

Narrative Summary

The base became operational in 1939. Brigada Aérea II operates from this base.

Key Dates

??    Formal opening of the base

Runways

Direction Length Width Surface
Metres (m) Feet (ft) Metres (m) Feet (ft)
03/21 2279 7477 45 148 Paved
09/27 1452 4764 30 98 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 Cap. Boiso Lanza

Airfield Profile

Ownership

Operator: Uruguayan 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: ee m/fff ft

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History

Name Changes

?? – Present

Narrative Summary

The base became operational as a Campo on 20.11.1916 and was later renamed Aeródromo and again renamed as Aeródromo Militar "Cap. Boiso Lanza" in 1930.
Today Brigada Aérea III operates from this base.

Key Dates

??    Formal opening of the base

Runways

Direction Length Width Surface
Metres (m) Feet (ft) Metres (m) Feet (ft)
0?/?? aaa bbb cc ddd 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 Gral. Artigas

Airfield Profile

Ownership

Operator: Uruguayan 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: ff m/ggg ft

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History

Name Changes

?? – Present

Narrative Summary

The base became operational as Aeródromo Militar "Gral. Artigas" on 20.10.1937. Today the Escuela Militar de Aeronáutica operates from this base.

Key Dates

??    Formal opening of the base

Runways

Direction Length Width Surface
Metres (m) Feet (ft) Metres (m) Feet (ft)
0?/?? xx yy zz qq 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 No.1 Gral. Cesáreo L. Berisso

Airfield Profile

Ownership

Operator: Uruguayan 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: 32 m/105 ft

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History

Name Changes

?? – Present

Narrative Summary

The base became operational in 1947. The airport got its present name on 1.12.1994. Today the Brigada Aérea I operates from this base.

Key Dates

??    Formal opening of the base

Runways

Direction Length Width Surface
Metres (m) Feet (ft) Metres (m) Feet (ft)
01/19 2250 7382 45 148 Paved
06/24 3200 10499 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.

National Markings

of the Uruguayan Air Force

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


                                                           
                                  Main Marking                                  Fin Flash

1916-Present
The main marking is displayed in 4 positions (ie above and below each wing) of aircraft. The fin flash is displayed on the rudder. The serial number is displayed on the fuselage of aircraft and helicopters and sometimes also on the rudder. From 1953 the main marking and the inscription "FAU" are usually displayed in 2 positions (ie above and below each wing) of aircraft. The fin flash is displayed on the rudder. The serial number is displayed on the fuselage of aircraft and helicopters and sometimes also on the rudder.