Alas Gloriosas

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ADAR is group interested in recording and preserving the activities of the personnel who served in the Spanish Republican Air Force during the Spanish Civil War 1936-39. After the Fascist victory, many Republican fighters had to go into exile for fear of reprisals, and their actions and memories were in danger of being lost to history. As the political situation improved, exiles began to return home.

During the 1970s the Asociation de Aviadores de la Republica (ADAR) was established as a support group, organised into four sections – centred on Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Murcia. The Madrid section issued a magazine called ‘Icaro’, while Barcelona produced the magazine ‘Alas Gloriosas – Boletines Informativos’. The other two sections supplied contributions to these two magazines. In late 1984 ‘Icaro’ appears to have absorbed ‘Alas Gloriosas’. Both magazines contained features on the aircrews and air operations of the Republicans in the Civil War, as well as news on the activities of the ADAR. As time has passed and the number of surviving veterans needing support has reduced, ADAR has become more dedicated to preserving the history of that era. It continues to produce ‘Icaro’ in pdf format.

Air Sonic

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Subtitled ‘Revista Mensual de Aviacion’. The first issue was dated Septiembre 1980. A monthly magazine mainly devoted to military aviation in Spain and Latin America. Produced in a similar format to the French title ‘Air Fan’, each issue comprised 48 pages – with 4 pages of colour photos and colour profiles, together with 80 b+w photos. Apart from features on Spanish or Portuguese military aviation and aircraft, it also included articles on postwar military aviation around the world. It ceased publication with issue 17 in 1984. Spanish text with English photo captions.

[*] Contents Listing, No.1 – No.17

Airline Ninety Two

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Subtitled ‘Revista de aviación comercial y aeropuertos’. Glossy monthly magazine first published in 1989. Covers all aspects of commercial aircraft operations – airlines, the aircraft manufacturing industry, maintenance companies, leasing, pilots, airports etc. – both within Spain and throughout Latin America.

Further information: Website: Airline Ninety Two


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Subtitled ‘Revista de Historia Aeronáutica’. ‘Aeroplano’ is an annual publication on aviation history, published annually by the Spanish Air Force. Its purpose is to publish those works of investigation that deserve to be disclosed and to be known by all those interested in these subjects. It is a publication of well documented aviation history and dedicated to the service of historical truth. First published in 1983.

Further information: tba

Aero (4)

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This was the Spanish-language edition of the UK originated partwork Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft. It was published in 240 weekly parts between 1984 and 1988. It is not clear what took the place of the RAF squadron histories series included in the UK edition. Many colour illustrations – photos, profile drawings, colour artwork etc.


Country Profile

The Country


Spain is located on the Iberian Peninsula in south western Europe, separated from Africa by only a narrow strait. It is bordered by France to the north east, the Mediterranean Sea to the east and south, Portugal to the west and the Bay of Biscay to the north. The UK territory of Gibraltar, which is situated at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, also has a border with Spain. Spanish territory includes the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands and two Spanish enclaves on the coast of Morocco: Ceuta and Melilla.
Much of Spain is dominated by a central plateau, called the Meseta, some 600 m (1970 ft) above sea level. To the north lies a range of mountains, the Cordillera Cantabrica which run along the entire northern coast. These mountains join up with the Pyrenees which form the French-Spanish border. In the south, the Sierra Nevada mountains are separated from the central region by the valley of the river Guadalquivir. In the centre, a further mountain range, the Sierra de Guadarrama, crosses the Meseta diagonally. The total land area is 499,440 sq km (192,854 sq miles).
The Population of 39.8 million (2000 figure) comprises 72% of Castilian Spanish origin, 17% Catalan, 6% Gallician, 2% Basque, 1% Romany and 1% other ethnic groups. Some 96% of the people are Roman Catholic and 4% other faiths. The capital city is Madrid.

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National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Spanish History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Spain
Yahoo Spain page
wikipedia: Spain
wikipedia: History of Spain


Text to be added on the development of aviation in Spain.


Civil Aircraft Registrations

Spanish civil aircraft were registered in the series M-AAAA onwards from 1919, then EC-AAA onwards from 1931.

An incomplete all-time Spanish civil aircraft register listing is here.

Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Current military air arms-
Air Force (Ejercito Del Aire)
Naval Aviation (Arma Aerea de la Armada Espanola)
Army Aviation (Fuerza Aeromoviles Del Ejercito Del Tierra)

Historical military air arms-
Air Force [1911-1939]
Naval Aviation [1917-1937]

Central Government Agencies

Customs Service (Vigilancia Aduanera)
Civil Guard (Guardia Civil)

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation
Fire Fighting Aviation (Bomberos)
Maritime Rescue (Salvamento Maritimo)
Police Aviation (Cuerpo Nacional de Policía)

Commercial Aviation

Air Europa
Air Nostrum
Aviaco [1948-1998]
Binter Canarias
Futura International
VIVA Air [1988-1998]

wikipedia: Airlines of Spain
The World’s Airlines: Spain

Private Aviation

To be added.


Aircraft Manufacturers

Hispano Aviacion

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.


Civil Airports & Airfields

Airports in Spain

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

On Show

Aviation Museums

Fundacion Infante de Orleans
Parc Aeronautic de Catalunya
Museo del Aire
Museo Nacional de Aeropuertos y Transporte Aereo

Airshow Dates

Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

Magazines Guide for Spain

Aviation Bibliography

Spanish Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Web Links

Aviation in Spain

Aviation Museums Spain

Asociacion Aire

Spain Key Dates

1902    King Alfonso XIII takes over personal rule.
1909    Start of Riff uprising in Morocco.
1914    Spain neutral in World War I.
1923    Military coup.
May 1926    End of Riff uprising in Morocco.
April 1931    Republic declared.
18 July 1936    Revolution breaks out in Morocco led by General Franco – start of Spanish Civil War.
29 March 1939    Republican forces surrender.
September 1939    Spain neutral in World War II.
26 September 1953    Spanish-American Defence Treaty signed.
1975    Franco dies and democracy restored.
1982    Spain joins NATO.
1986    Spain joins European Community.

[To be rewritten]