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Current Title: Fuerza Aérea Guatemalteca
Title in English: Guatemala Air Force
Abbreviation: FAG


Narrative Summary:
Summary Narrative History

Key Dates:
1912    Escuela de Aviación was established.
1914 Cuerpo de Aviación de Ejército was formed.
15 September 1921 Cuerpo de Aviación de Ejército was renamed Fuerza Aérea Guatemalteca.
1928 Escuela de Aviación was renamed Escuela Militar de Aviación.
29 June 1929 Cuerpo de Aviación Militar de Guatemala (CAM) was established.
11 October 1935   CAM was renamed Cuerpo de Aeronáutica Militar.
5 March 1945   CAM became a partly seperate service.
1948   CAM was renamed to the present name of Fuerza Aérea Guatemalteca (FAG).
1954   The "Liberation Air Force" operated in support of a CIA-led coup.
1961   Base Aérea del Sur was used in preperation for the invasion of Cuba by the United States.
1968-1996   The FAG was involved in COIN and CAS missions against guerilla groups.

Current Status:
Units of the Air Force are fully operational.

Future Plans:
No information available.


National Insignia:
Current --- Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):
Serials began in 1914 with number 1 and were used in chronological order as aircraft arrive in the Air Force. The serialling system started again with numer 1 in 1931 to reflect all aircraft received since General Ubico's rise to power. From 12.1955 a four-digit system is used, starting with a 0 followed by three random numbers. (e.g. North American AT-6C 0852). This system was only used until early 1957, when FAG aircraft are identified by a three-digit serial and quiet often these serials fall into a pattern for each type, such as that the last two digits are multiples of the first digit, or failing this, successive aircraft or helicopters of each type are serialled so that the last two are allocated at arithmetical intervals determined by the first digit. The first digit indicates the squadron number.



Unit/Base Aircraft Code System(s):
Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designation System(s):

Current Aircraft Inventory:
Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List:
Alphabetical Order --- Chronological Order


Main Headquarters:
Cuartel General de la Fuerza Aérea Guatemalteca, BA La Aurora, Ciudad de Guatemala

Current Organisational Structure:
The Air Force is organised in two wings with six 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 1929)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1940)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1945)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1965)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1982)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1995)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 2002)


All-Time Flying Units List: (only units, which are not included in the Orders of Battle)

6.Escuadrón de Enlace

7.Escuadrón de Caza-Bombardeo

Escuela de Aviación

"Liberation Air Force" (No Spanish translation known)

Air Bases

Current Air Bases:
The Guatemalan Air Force currently operates four mayor airbases and a number of secondary airfields.

Military Air Bases Listing

All-Time Air Bases Used List:
Military Air Bases Listing

More Information







World Air Power Journal 32, p.150-151

Air Forces Monthy 2/1994 p. 44-49

Air Forces Monthy 9/1999 p. 32-37

Air International 1/1999 p. 55-58


Ejército de Guatemala

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