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Unit History


Grupo de Aviación 9 "Panteras Negras"
 

Role: Fighter/Transport.

The unit was formed in 1964 at Base Aérea La Chamiza/Puerto Montt, part of Ala Base 1, with Lockheed F-80C Shooting Star and Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star from Grupo de Aviación 7. Six years later the unit was reequipped with Hawker Siddeley Hunter F.71 while some F-80C and T-33A were sent to Grupo de Aviación 12 in 1967. Hunters of this unit played a principal role in attacking the presidencial palace in Santiago on September 11, 1973 as part of the military coup to oust President Allende. On 30.3.1975 the group moved to Base Aérea Cerro Moreno/Antofagasta. The unit was disbanded on 2.12.1981 and the Hunter were sent to Grupo de Aviación 8. On 18.3.1993 the unit was reactivated as a helicopter unit at Base Aérea Los Cerrillos/Santiago, part of Ala Base 2 and moved to Base Aérea Pudahuel/Santiago in 2008.


Air Bases:
Base Duration

Base Aérea La Chamiza/Puerto Montt

1964 - 1967

Base Aérea El Tepual/Puerto Montt

1967 - 1975

Base Aérea Cerro Moreno/Antofagasta

1975 - 1981

Base Aérea Los Cerrillos/Santiago

1993 - 2008

Base Aérea Pudahuel/Santiago

2008 - Present

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star 15 1964 - 1967 J-314-J-328
Lockheed F-80C Shooting Star 15 1964 - 1970

J-330-J-336,J-338-J-340,J-342,J-343,

J-345-J-347

Hawker Siddeley Hunter F.71 12 1970 - 1981 J-721-J-732
ENAER PA-28-235 Dakota 25 1980 - Present 215-239
Bell 212 1 1980 - n/a H-31
MBB BK-117B 3 1990 - 2011 H-31-33
Bell UH-1D/H Iroquois 1/28 1993 - Present H-74-96
Sikorsky S-70A Blackhawk 1 1998 - 2011 H-02
Bell 206B JetRanger 5 1998 - Present H-21-25
Bell 412 5 2009 - Present H-47,H-49,H-50,H-54,H-55
Cirrus SR-22T 2 2013 - Present 235,236

 

 

Unit Insignia:

 

Grupo de Aviación 9

References:

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/2007 (Ian Carroll)

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