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Unit History


Colegio Militar de Aviación "Tgral. Germán Busch"

Role: Training.

The unit was formed as Escuela Militar de Aviación (EMA) in 1916 in La Paz, although it began operations only in 1923 with some French aircraft. The Grupo de Guerra became Grupo Aéreo de Combate during the Chaco War in 1934. The EMA with the Grupo Escuela moved to Santa Cruz on 18.6.1943, while the Grupo Aéreo de Combate, which was known since 1939 as Base Aérea No 1 de El Alto, remaind in La Paz with one combined operational fighter and transport squadron. On 31.5.1952 the EMA became Colegio Militar de Aviación (CMA). Escuadrón de Caza "Sabres" was part of Grupo Aéreo de Caza and was transferred on 18.1.1977 to the CMA. The Grupo Aéreo de Entrenamiento 21 from 1984 and Grupo Aéreo de Entrenamiento 22 from 1987 were part of the unit until 1999, when GAE-22 was relieved from assignment to the CMA and formed as Grupo de Reconocimiento y Exploración Aérea 83.

 

Grupo Escuela

Role. Training.

No unit history known.

Aircraft Used:

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Ansaldo SVA 1 1921 - 1921 n/a
Bleriot 1 1921 - n/a n/a
Bleriot S-20 Spad 1 1921 - 1921 n/a
Bleriot S-34 Spad 1 1921 - n/a n/a
Morane Saulnier MS.35 4 1923 - n/a 1-4
Morane Saulnier Pingüino 2 1923 - 1923 n/a
Avro 504R Gosport 11 1925 - 1926 n/a
de Havilland ADC D.H.9 2 1925 - 1928 AM-1,AM-2
Fokker C-Vb 5 1925 - 1933 n/a
Caudron C.97 5 1925 - 1934 n/a
Klemm Kl-25 3 1926 - 1936 n/a
Vickers 155 Vendace III 3 1928 - 1933 1-3
Curtiss CW-16E Osprey 3 1934 - 1943 1-3
Focke-Wulf Fw-56A Strosser 1 1936 - 1943 n/a
Focke-Wulf Fw-44J Stieglitz 1 1937 - 1940 n/a
Breda 6 1939 - n/a n/a
Ryan STA Special 1 1941 - 1944 n/a
Fairchild PT-19 14 1941 - 1974 n/a
Stearman PT-17 Kaydet 29 1942 - 1963 n/a
Vultee BT-13 Valiant 37 1942 - 1958 100-136
Stinson 105 Voyager 8 1942 - 1947 n/a
North American AT-6 Texan 96 1943 - 1990 n/a

 

 

Grupo de Guerra

Role: Fighter.

No unit history known.

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
Brequet 19 A2 7 1924 - 1936 n/a
Bristol F.2B 10 1925 - 1926 n/a
Martinsyde F-4 Buzzard 9 1925 - 1929 n/a
Curtiss Hawk IA 4 1927 - 1932 n/a
Vickers 149 Vespa III 9 1929 - 1935 1-6
Vickers 143 Bolivian Scout 6 1929 - 1935 7-12
Junkers A.50 Junior 3 1930 - 1940 n/a
Curtiss Hawk II/Sea Hawk II 9/3 1932 - 1939 30,32,34,36,38,40,42,44,46,48
Curtiss CW-14R Osprey 20 1933 - 1954

11,13,20,22,25,30,39,45,50,60,62,

64,68,78,87,91,93,95

Curtiss Falcon 9 1934 - 1951 201-209
Curtiss CW-19R 10 1938 - 1955 n/a
Curtiss CW-22B Falcon 10 1942 - 1950 n/a

 

 

Escuadrón de Caza "Sabres"

Role: Fighter.

The unit was formed in 1973 as Escuadrón de Caza "Sabres" part of Grupo Aéreo de Caza. On 18.1.1977 the squadron was transferred to the Collegio Militar de Aviación at Santa Cruz. Then the sqaudron was used to form the Grupo Aéreo de Caza 32 on 14.5.1983.

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
North American F-86F Sabre 9 1977 - 1983 650-658

 

 

Air Bases:

Base

Duration

Base Aérea El Alto/La Paz

1916 - 1932

Base Aérea TCnl Rafael Pabon/Villamontes

1932 - 1935

Base Aérea El Alto/La Paz

1935 - 1943

Base Aérea El Trompillo/Santa Cruz

1943 - Present

 

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