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Current Title: Ejercito del Aire Espanol
Title in English: Spanish Air Force
Abbreviation: EdA


Narrative Summary:
December 1896 Servicio Militar de Aerostacio, captive balloon force established. March 1911 Aeronautica Militar Espanola established by the Army for service aircraft. February 1913 Servicio de Aeronautica Militar Espanola. July 1936 AME split into Republican Air Force and Nationalist Air Force. 9 November 1939 Ejercito del Aire created from Nationalist AF, absorbing remainder of Republican AF, as equal status service.

Key Dates:
July 1936    Spanish Nationalist Air Force formed
9 November 1939    Nationalist Air Force absorbs defeated Republican Air Force
1954    First jet aircraft delivered - T-33A
1955    First helicopters received - UH-19

Current Status:
To be added

Future Plans:
Procurement of 87 Eurofighter Typhoons from 2003 (71 single-seaters and 16 two-seaters).
An order for 27 A400M transports has been placed.
Replacement of Boeing 707 VIP Transport/tankers with two converted A310s from late 2000.
CASA C101 and Enaer Pillan trainers need replacing.


National Insignia:
Current --- Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):

Spanish military aircraft serials comprise the aircraft type designation followed by a two or three digit individual identity, e.g. EF/A-18B Hornet CE.15-7.

Unit/Base Aircraft Code System(s):
The current unit coding system comprises the Ala number and a 2- or 3-digit individual identity, e.g. 15-76 for the same EF/A-18B noted above.


Aircraft Designation System(s):
FAMET designations follow the Spanish military aircraft designation system.

Current Aircraft Inventory:
Table of Current Service Aircraft

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

Aircraft NOT Used:
False reports of aircraft on order or in service


Main Headquarters:
Plaza de la Moncola 28071, Madrid.

Current Organisational Structure:
EdA is divided into 2 special purpose commands and one regional air command:-
MACOM - Mando Aereo de Combat (Combat Air Command), HQ Torrejon
MACAN - Mand Aerea de Canarias (Canaries Air Command), HQ Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
MAMAT - Mando Aerea de Material (Material Air Command), HQ Madrid

Flying units are organised into Ala (Wings) of 2 or more Grupo (Groups) of 1 or 2 Escuadron (Squadrons).

Current Order of Battle:
Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle:
List of Historical Orders of Battle - to be added.

All-Time Flying Units List:
To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases:
The main air bases currently used are Albacete, Alcantarilla, Cuatro Vientos, Gando (Gran Canaria), Getafe, Granada, Matacan, Moron, San Javier, Talavera La Real, Torrejon, Villanubla and Zaragoza.

All-Time Air Bases Used List:
In addition to the main bases, there are also a number of smaller airports and airfields around the country which are sometimes used by the Air Force.
Military Air Bases Listing - to be added.

More Information


Spanish Military Aviation Bibliography - to be added.


World Air Power Journal No.1 p.146
World Air Power Journal No.23 p.148-154


Official Ejercito del Aire website

wikipedia: Spanish Air Force

Scramble: Spanish Air Arms

Air-Britain Photos: Spanish Air Force

Spanish Air Force - Ejercito del Aire

Spanish Air Force

Target aviation Photography: Spanish Air Force Mirage F.1s

Aviation in Spanish Civil War

Aircraft of the Spanish Civil War

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