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Title:

Fuerza Aerea Mexicana (Mexican Air Force)

Brief History:

The Mexican Air Force was born in 1915, during the Mexican revolutionary period. Before that, aerial reconnaissance and dropping bombs on ships had been undertaken by the different revolutionary factions.

The first naval air combat on the American continent occurred in 1914 in Mexico. The Air Service, later to be known as the Mexican Air Force, participated in many campaigns throughout the 1920's and 1930's, supporting the army in putting down many rebel factions and armed bandits.

During World War II the air force undertook anti-submarine patrols and fielded a fighter Squadron that was trained in the United States. The 201st Mexican fighter squadron of the Mexican Expeditionary Air Force fought in the liberation of the Philippines in 1945. In the post-war period the air force went through a number of changes, being re-equipped with the majority of the lend-lease aircraft it had received during the war years.

In recent years the Air Force has under-gone a major reorganisation to meet its needs in the war against the drug cartels and to support the government and population in humanitarian roles, not only in Mexico but other countries as well.

 

T-33A serial JE-042
(photo, Sr.Mardonio Islas Perez)
Mi-17 (photo, Santiago A. Flores)

National Markings:

Main Marking Fin Flash

The Main Marking is the red-white-green triangle, which is displayed on the majority of the FAM aircraft in 6 positions, fuselage and wings. On helicopters it is displayed on both sides of the fuselage. Some aircraft and helicopters carry the inscription on both sides of the top of the fuselage: FUERZA AEREA MEXICANA. The rudder markings, consisting of green-white-red stripes, is always carried. The majority of the tactical aircraft, including some transports are painted in overall Olive Drab green.

PC-7 serial 572 (photo, Santiago A. Flores) F-5F serial 4502 (photo, Ing.Enrique Velasco)

Main Headquarters:

Mexico City

Aircraft Inventory:

Current service types

A pair of F-5Es
(photo, Sr. Mardonio Islas Perez)
UH-60 Black Hawk
(photo, Sr. Mardonio Islas Perez)

Organisation:

Today the Mexican Air Force is under the control of the Secretary of National Defense (Secretaria de la Defensa Nacional: SEDENA) and is organized as the following:

Order of Battle-
Squadron Type Base

REGION AEREA DEL CENTRO (RAC)

EAM Colonia Federal, Mexico D.F.
   

ALA DE COMBATE

BAM Santa Lucia, Estado de Mexico
     1/o. Grupo Aéreo BAM Santa Lucia, Estado de Mexico
Escuadrón Aéreo 101 Bell 412, S-70A, CH-53E BAM Santa Lucia, Estado de Mexico
Escuadrón Aéreo 112 MDD 530F/MG BAM Santa Lucia, Estado de Mexico
Escuadrón Aéreo 401 F-5E/F BAM Santa Lucia, Estado de Mexico
Escuadrón Aéreo 402 PC-7 BAM Ixtepex, Oaxaca
     Sistema Integral de Vigilancia Aérea BAM Santa Lucia, Estado de Mexico
Grupo de Detección y Control   BAM Santa Lucia, Estado de Mexico
Escuadrón de Vigilancia Aérea EMB-145RS, C-26B, SA2-37A/B BAM Santa Lucia, Estado de Mexico
     

ALA DE RECONOCIMIENTO Y TRANSPORTE

BAM Santa Lucia, Estado de Mexico
     2/o. Grupo Aéreo BAM Pie de la Cuesta, Guerrero
Escuadrón Aéreo 102 Bell 212 BAM Pie de la Cuesta, Guerrero
Escuadrón Aéreo 201 PC-7 BAM Cozumel, Q.R.
Escuadrón Aéreo 202 PC-7 BAM Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas
Escuadrón Aéreo 203 PC-7 BAM La Paz, BCS
Escuadrón Aéreo 203/Dest PC-7 BAM Hermosillo, Sonora
Escuadrón Aéreo 203/Dest PC-7 EAM Mexicali, BCN
Escuadrón Aéreo 204 PC-7 BAM Pie de la Cuesta, Guerrero
     3/o. Grupo Aéreo BAM Santa Lucia, Estado de Mexico
Escuadrón Aéreo 301 Arava, CASA 295M BAM Santa Lucia, Estado de Mexico
Escuadrón Aéreo 302 C-130A/H/K BAM Santa Lucia, Estado de Mexico
Escuadrón Aéreo 303 Mi-17, Mi-26T BAM Santa Lucia, Estado de Mexico
Escuadrón Aéreo 502 Boeing 727 BAM Santa Lucia, Estado de Mexico
     4/o. Grupo Aéreo BAM Zapopan, Jalisco
Escuadrón Aéreo 105 Cessna 182S BAM Zapopan, Jalisco
Escuadrón Aéreo 111 Bell 206B/L BAM Zapopan, Jalisco
     5/o. Grupo Aéreo BAM Culiacan, Sinaloa
Escuadrón Aéreo 103 Bell 212 BAM Oaxaca, Oaxaca
Escuadrón Aéreo 104 Bell 212, CH-53E BAM Merida, Yucatan
Escuadrón Aéreo 106 Cessna 182S BAM El Cipres, BCN
Escuadrón Aéreo 106/Dest Cessna 182S EAM Guerrero Negro, BCS
Escuadrón Aéreo 107 Cessna 182S BAM Hermosillo, Sonora
Escuadrón Aéreo 108 Cessna 182S BAM Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
Escuadrón Aéreo 109 Cessna 182S BAM Culiacan, Sinaloa
Escuadrón Aéreo 110 Cessna 182S BAM Chihuahua, Chihuahua
EMAATFA PC-7 BAM Santa Gertrudis, Chihuahua
     

COLEGIO DEL AIRE - Escuela Militar de Aviación

BAM Zapopan, Jalisco
Escuadrón Preparatorio SF-260EU BAM Zapopan, Jalisco
Escuadrón Primario F-33C BAM Zapopan, Jalisco
Escuadrón Avanzado PC-7 BAM Zapopan, Jalisco
Escadrilla de Instrucción Stearman PT-13/17 BAM Zapopan, Jalisco
     
UTAPEF B-737/757,Learjet 35A,Gulfstream III EAM Col. Federal, Mexico D.F.
     
FRACD - Fuerza de Reaccion Aeromovil para Caso de Desastres BAM Santa Lucia, Estado de Mexico
  MD-530, S-70A, Mi-8/17/26T, An-32B C-130A/H, B-727 BAM Santa Lucia, Estado de Mexico
 

EMAAFTA = Escuela Militar de Aplicacion Aerotactica de la Fuerza Aerea
FRACD = Rapid Air Reaction Force in Case of Disasters

UTAPEF = Unidad de Transporte Aéreo del Poder Ejecutivo Federal

BASES AEREA MILITARES (BAM):
No. Location
1 Santa Lucia, Estado de Mexico
2 Ixtepec, Oaxaca
3 El Cipres, Baja California Norte
4 Cozumel, Quitana Roo
5 Zapopan, Jalisco
6 Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas
7 Pie de la Cuesta, Guerrero
8 Merida, Yucatan
9 La Paz, Baja California Sur
10 Culiacan, Sinaloa
11 Santa Gertrudis, Chihuahua
12* Tijuana, Baja California Norte
13 Chihuahua, Chihuahua
14 Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
15 Oaxaca, Oaxaca
16* Cuidad Pemex, Tabasco
17* Copalar, Chiapas
18 Hermosillo, Sonora
19* Atlangatepec, Tlaxcala

* = Bases without any permanently stationed squadrons.

ESTACIONES AEREAS MILITARES (EAM):
No. Location
1 Colonia Federal, Mexico D.F.
2 Guerrero Negro, Baja California Sur
3 Torreon, Coahuila
4 Tampico, Veracruz
5 Puerto Vallarta, Sinaloa
6 Irapuato, Guerrero
7 ?, Oaxaca
8 Loma Bonita, Oaxaca


Note: EA.105,106,107, 109 and 110 were orginally equipped with the 73 Bell UH-1H Huey helicopters that the US gave to Mexico to fight the drug-cartel, they were replaced later with the Cessna 182S.

Bibliography:

  • Web page SEDENA 1999
  • Flap International No.334, Julio 2000
  • America Vuela (various issues of the year 2000)
  • America Vuela No.66 Dec.2000/Jan.2001
  • JP-4 Agosto 2000

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