Beech 55 Baron

in Paraguayan Ministry of Agriculture service

History

At least one Beech 55 Baron used by the Aviation Unit of the Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganaderia. Operated between 1998 and 2011 at least. This particular machine experienced forced landings on 2 July 1998 and 5 August 2008, but was still in service in 2011.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
ZP-TET TE630 n/a ?  


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2013/2014 (Ian Carroll)

Other Sources

To be added.

CASA C-212

in Paraguayan National Police Service

History

One C.212 obtained secondhand from Spain and delivered in 2012.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
A-21 77 T.12C-59 Jan 2012  


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Agrupación Aéreo Fluvial

of the Paraguayan National Police

History

The Agrupación Aéreo Fluvial (River Air Group) is a specialised unit within the Agrupación Especializada (Special Group) of the PNP. The unit uses boats to patrol the rivers and helicopters to provide police air support. The unit was first established on 26 August 2010.

Subordinate Units

None.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Robinson R22 1 2010 – 2010 ZP-HRB
Robinson R44 4 2010 – Present A-01, A-02, A-03
Bell UH-1D 4 2011 – Present A-11, A-12, A-14, A-15
CASA C.212 1 2012 – Present A-21


Unit Markings

Figure 1
To be added


Main Bases

Base Duration
Silvio Pettirossi International Airport Apr 2010 – Aug 2010
Helipuerto Polica Nacional, Asuncion Aug 2010 – Present


Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Paraguayan National Police

Operator Profile

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History

Narrative Summary

The first Paraguayan Police force was established in 1843. In 1992 a new constitution came into effect, which re-organised policing under the newly created Policia Nacional Paraguaya (PNP). The PNP come under the Ministry of the Interior. In 1992 a Mil Mi-8 was obtained on lease to evaluate helicopter operations. It subsequently crashed in 1994. In 2010 the Agrupación Especializada (Special Group) established a new aviation unit, the ‘Agrupación Aéreo Fluvial’ (River Air Group), to operate helicopters in support of policing operations.

Key Dates

20 June 1992    Policia Nacional Paraguaya formed from previous police organisations.
May 1992    Single Mi-8 obtained on lease for evaluation.
2010    PNP Aviation Unit established.

Current Status

The PNP helicopters are used primarily for patrol and transport.

Future Plans

No further aquisitions are planned.

Markings

National Insignia

A triangular version of the national flag is carried on the fuselage sides and the national colours are carried as horizontal stripes on the tail fin. The PNP shield insignia is displayed on the forward fuselage. All aircraft carry the service title POLICIA NACIONAL on the fuselage.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

All PNP helicopters carry military-style serials in the A-01 to A-15 range, except for the Mi-8 which – appears to have been un-serialled.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Click on aircraft type for more details
Aircraft Type Total
Del'd
Total
Now
Still On
Order
Role
Bell UH-1D Iroquois440Policing
CASA C.212110Transport
Robinson R44 Raven II430Policing

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Click on aircraft type for more details
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Bell UH-1D Iroquois42011currentChile
CASA C.21212013currentSpain
Mil Mi-8 'Hip'119921994Russia
Robinson R22 Beta II120102010USA
Robinson R44 Raven II42010currentUSA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Policia Nacional Paraguaya, Asuncion.

Organisational Structure

The Mi-8 was operated by a specially formed Agrupación Aéreopolicial. Since 2010 all helicopters are operated by the Agrupación Aéreo Fluvial of the Agrupación Especializada.

Current Unit Assignments

Agrupación Aéreo Fluvial

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Agrupación Aéreopolicial
Agrupación Aéreo Fluvial

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All helicopters are based at the Helipuerto Polica Nacional, Asuncion.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The PNP Aviation Unit initially used Silvio Pettirossi International Airport, but soon moved to Helipuerto Polica Nacional, which opened in August 2010.

More Information

Books

Paraguay Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

Helipuerto de la Policía Nacional

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

Robinson R22 Beta II

in Paraguayan National Police Service

History

One R22 ordered new from the manufacturer and delivered in 2010. Sold later in 2010.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
ZP-HRB 3021 2010 to LV-ANZ 2010


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Robinson R44 Raven II

in Paraguayan National Police Service

History

Three R44 Series II ordered new via a Spanish contractor and delivered from 25 April 2010. One attrition replacement supplied in June 2011, but not used for long.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
A-01 (1)   25 Apr 2010 ZP-HRA, crashed 19 Aug 2010 San Bernadino
A-01 (2) 10524 XC-LKJ June 2011 to ZP-HAL June 2011
A-02 12999 Jul 2010  
A-03 13000 Jul 2010  


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Bell UH-1D Iroquois

in Paraguayan National Police Service

History

Four UH-1D obtained from Flight Service SA of Chile, after conversion to UH-1H standard in 2010, and delivered in May 2011.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
A-11 5823 CC-AAU May 2011 ex 66-16129, N51KA
A-12 4133 CC-CBQ May 2011 ex 63-8841, N3149N
A-14 5843 CC-CBH May 2011 66-16149, N49KP
A-15 9495 CC-CBL May 2011 ex 67-17297, N97KP


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Paraguayan Air Force

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Air Force History

Key Dates

1914    Escuela de Aviación Militar (EAM) was formed.
1932 – 1935    >War of Chaco.
1935    The air force was named Arma Aérea Paraguay.
26 July 1989    Fuerza Aérea Paraguay became an independent service.

Current Status

The aircraft of the Air Force are fully operational.

Future Plans

No information available.

Markings

National Insignia

CurrentHistorical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Serial numbers consist of a four-digit number prexfied FAP. Until 1980 transport aircraft were prefixed T, training aircraft E and helicopter H with a three-digit number.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Ministerio de Defensa Nacional, Avenida Mariscal Lopez y Vicepresidente Sanchez, Asunción

Organisational Structure

Today the FAP is organised in the I Brigada Aérea, Brigada Aerotransportada "Silvio Pettirossi" and the Comando de Institutos Aeronauticos de Ensenanza.

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 1934)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1947)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1975)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1993)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 2003)

All-Time Flying Units List

Units Listing

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The Paraguay Air Force currently operates three major airbases and six secondary airfields.
Military Air Bases Listing

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Paraguayan Army Aviation operated from one mayor airbase.
Military Air Bases Listing

More Information

Books

Armed Forces of Latin America (Adrian English)
Latin American Military Aviation (John Andrade, Midland Counties, 1982)
Latin American Air Wars and Aircraft 1912-1969 (Dan Hagedorn)
Aircraft of the Chaco War 1928-1935 (Dan Hagedorn / Antonio L. Sapienza)
Air Arsenal North America (Phil Butler)
Militair 1982 (Aviation Press, 1982)

Magazines

World Air Power Journal No.31 p. 150-152

Websites

Fuerza Aérea Paraguay (official)
Fuerzas Armadas de Paraguay
Aeronaves de la Base Aérea de Ñu-Guazú
Paraguayan Air Force / Paraguayan Naval Air Arm
Scramble: Paraguayan Air Arms

Any photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

Narrative History

of the Paraguayan Air Force

Military aviation started in 1913 with the purchase of an Deperdussin T. In 1914 an Escuela de Aviación Militar (EAM) was formed and operated under the control of the Paraguay Army, with one Henri Farman and two Bleriot aircraft and Teniente Silvio Pettrossi as first dircetor. Pettrossi died on October 17, 1916, when he crashed with the Deperdussin T in Buenos Aires. After three years without flight activity the EAM was reactivated with the acquisition of one each Macchi-Lohner L-3 flying boat and Macchi M-7.

At the beginning of 1922 there was no operational aircraft in Paraguay. From May 1922 army officers rebelled against the government of President Ayala. Both sides tried to buy aircraft and recrut pilots in Argentina. The first aircraft, which the government forces got, was an Armstrong Whitworth F.K.8, followed by a single SPAD S.XX, two Italian built S.A.M.L. A.3s, two Ansaldo SVA-5s and one SVA-10 operating out of Base Aérea Ñu-Guazú/ Asunción. The first operational mission to bomb rebel positions was flown on June 29, 1922. During August 1922 the rebel forces bought four Ansaldo aircraft in Argentina and started to fly combat operations. At the end the government forces were victorious.

Tension with Bolivia grow from 1927 about the Chaco region and on January 13, 1929 Paraguay commenced mobilisation. After some skirmished in 1932 the congress of Paraguay called up reservists. On September 9, 1932 the first major aerial combat of the war occured, when two Bolivian aircraft met two Paraguay aircraft at Fortín Boquerón and managed to shot down one Potez 25A of the Pagarguay Air Force. During the next months there were many additional engagements between the two Air Forces. During 1933 the war became more static, as both sides fortified their defensive positions. There were no air engagements from June 1933 till June 1934. The last air combat took place on January 10, 1935, almost 6 month before the cease fire. Paraguay lost 11 aircraft during this conflict.

From 1935 the air force was called Arma Aérea Paraguay, still under Army control.

During World War Two Paraguay did not declare war on the Axis powers until February 1945. The Air Force did not receive large quantities of aircraft though the Lend-Lease Program, but only about 35 training and transport aircraft including BT-13A and PT-19A.

After a failed coup in December 1946 a full-scale civil war broke out with both sides operating aircraft. The rebels formed an Arma Aérea Revolucionaria with eight aircraft from defected pilots of the government air force on March 8, 1947. Some days later they attacked government positions at Belén-Cué and Paso Né, near San Pedro. During the next months, there were several operations by both air forces to support their respective ground forces. The revolution ended on August 20, 1947 and all rebel aircraft fled to Brazil and Argentina. They were later returned to Paraguay.

The Air Force entered the jet age, when they bought some EMB-326 Xavante in 1979. During the next years only small quantities of combat, liaison and transport aircraft were aquired. The Air Force became an independent service only on 26.7.1989 and renamed Fuerza Aérea Paraguay (FAP).

Today the FAP is organised in the I Brigada Aérea, Brigada Aerotransportada "Silvio Pettirossi" and the Comando de Institutos Aeronauticos de Ensenanza, which were formed 1991.