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Ala Base Nº 2

 

Role: Transport/VIP-Transport/AEW.


The unit was formed on 22.2.1954 at Base Aérea Quintero at Valparaiso with Grupo de Aviación 2 (Maritime Surveillance/SAR) with Consolidated PBY-5/OA-10 Catalina and Grupo de Aviación 11 (Fighter-Bomber) with Republic F-47D Thunderbolt. Ala Base 2 was part of II Brigada Aérea at that time. With the phase-out of the Republic F-47D from active inventory, Grupo de Aviación 11 was disbanded in 1959. Grupo de Aviación 2 was disbanded in 1979, when the last HU-16B was retired but was reactivated on 21.12.1982 with Canberra, which were operated by the Escuadrilla de Reconocimiento, and  Beech 99A, which were operated by the  Escuadrilla de Guerra Electrónica in the reconnaissance and electronic warfare role.

 

In 1981 Ala Base 2 moved to Base Aérea Los Cerrillos at Santiago. In September 1988 Grupo de Aviación 11 was again reactivated with eighteen ENAER T-35A/B/D Pillan and eight ENAER PA-28-235 Dakota. At a later date Grupo de Aviación 9 was reactivated as a helicopter unit at Base Aérea Los Cerrillos/Santiago. Most of its history Grupo de Aviación 10 was directly subordinated to the Air Force Headquarters and became part of Ala Base 2 at an unknown date.

 

At about 1997 the unit was composed of Grupo de Aviación 9 (Helicopter), Grupo de Aviación 10 (Transport), Grupo de Aviación 11 (Training) and Escadrilla de Enlace 12 with two DHC-6, one Beech 100 King Air, three Beech 99A  and one PA-28.

 

 

Grupo de Aviación N° 2

Role: Maritime Patrol/SAR/SIGINT.

The unit was formed as Grupo de Cooperación Aeronaval N° 2 on 30.6.1930. During the next years the unit received different types of float seaplanes. During the Second World War the group got AT-6 Texan, AT-11 Kasan, BT-13 Valiant and PT-19 training aircraft and OS2U Kingfisher and PBY-5 Catalina amphibians for maritime patrol and SAR duties. In 1949 thev unit moved to Base Aérea Los Cóndores/Iquique and left its Republic F-47D Thunderbolt with Grupo de Aviación 5 at Base Aérea Quintero/Valparaiso. The sole equipment at this time were 13 North American AT-6 Texan. In 1957 Sikorsky S-55 Chickasaw were added to the inventory. From 1963 on the PBY-5 were replaced by HU-16B Albatross. The unit was disbanded in 1979, when the last HU-16B was retired. On 21.12.1982 the unit was reactivated with Canberra, which were operated by the Escuadrilla de Reconocimiento, and  Beech 99A, which were operated by the  Escuadrilla de Guerra Electrónica in the reconnaissance and electronic warfare role.

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
Dornier J Wal 8 1930 - n/a 10-12,14-18
Fairey IIIF 10 1930 - n/a 23-26
Arado Ar95 9 1938 - 1943 1-9
Focke-Wulf Fw-44 Stieglitz 1 n/a - n/a n/a
North American AT-6 Texan 14 n/a - n/a n/a
Beech AT-11 Kansan 7 n/a - n/a n/a
Vought-Sikorsky OS2U-3 Kingfisher 8 1942 - 1958 300-314
Vultee BT-13 Valiant 10 1943 - n/a n/a
Fairchild PT-19/PT-19A/PT-19B 4 1943 - n/a n/a
Consolidated PBY-5/OA-10 Catalina 6/6 1943 - n/a 400-411
Naval Aircraft Factory N3N-1 4 1943 - n/a 500-503
North American B-25J Mitchell 12 1947 - 1948 800-811
Republic F-47D Thunderbolt 12 1949 - 1949 750-761
Sikorsky S-55 Chickasaw 8 1957 - 1971 H-50-57
Grumman HU-16B Albatross 9 1963 - 1979 566-574
ENAER PA-28-235 Dakota n/a 1982 - Present 215-239
Bell UH-1H Iroquois n/a 1982 - Present H-74-96
English Electric Canberra PR.9 3 1982 - 2000 341-343
Beech 99A Petrel A/B 2/5 1982 - Present 301-304,306-308,310
CASA 212-200 2 1994 - Present 960,961
Cessna O-2A Skymaster 2 1997 - Present 261,266
Bell 412 2 2009 - Present H-46,H-47

 

Grupo de Aviación N° 9

Role: Transport.

The unit was formed in 1964 at Base Aérea La Chamiza/Puerto Montt, part of Ala Base 1, with Lockheed F-80C Shooting Star and Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star from Grupo de Aviación 7. Six years later the unit was reequipped with Hawker Siddeley Hunter F.71 while some F-80C and T-33A were sent to Grupo de Aviación 12 in 1967. Hunters of this unit played a principal role in attacking the presidencial palace in Santiago on September 11, 1973 as part of the military coup to oust President Allende. On 30.3.1975 the group moved to Base Aérea Cerro Moreno/Antofagasta. The unit was disbanded on 2.12.1981 and the Hunter were sent to Grupo de Aviación 8. On 18.3.1993 the unit was reactivated as a helicopter unit at Base Aérea Los Cerrillos/Santiago, part of Ala Base 2 and moved to Base Aérea Pudahuel/Santiago in 2008.

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
ENAER PA-28-235 Dakota 25 1980 - Present 215-239
Bell 212 1 1980 - n/a H-31
MBB BK-117B 2 1990 - 2011 H-31,32
Bell UH-1D/H Iroquois 1/28 1993 - Present H-74-96
Sikorsky S-70A Blackhawk 1 1998 - 2011 H-02
Bell 206B JetRanger 3 1998 - Present H-21-23
Bell 412 4 2000 - Present H-47,H-49,H-50,H-54
Cirrus SR-22T 2 2013 - Present 235,236

 

 

Grupo de Aviación N° 10

Role: Transport.

The unit was formed as Grupo de Transporte N° 1 on 26.12.1945 at Base Aérea El Bosque/Santiago with some training aircraft. In January 1946 the group moved to Base Aérea Los Cerrillos/Santiago and received several Douglas C-47 Skytrain and one Douglas DC-3 as presidential aircraft. From 1946 till 1949 the group operated eleven AT-6 Texan, five C-47 Skytrain and nine AT-11 Kasan. The unit got its present name on 21.7.1948. From 1952 eight de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver were operated from this base. A long range capacity was introduced to the unit with the addition of six Douglas DC-6B. From 1972 the group received Lockheed C-130B/H Hercules. The Beech 99 Petrel were handed over to this unit, when the Grupo de Aviación 11 was disbanded in 1979.

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
North American AT-6 Texan 11 1945 - n/a n/a
Vultee BT-13 Valiant 8 1945 - n/a 101-160
Beech AT-11 Kansan 9 1945 - 1949 n/a
Douglas C-47 Skytrain 23 1947 - 1980 950-972
de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver 18 1952 - n/a 901-915,918-920
Bell 47D-1 3 1953 - 1971 H-01-03
Beech D18S Expeditor 6 n/a - n/a 462-467
Cessna 182N 2 n/a - n/a n/a
Sikorsky S-55 Chickasaw 1 1957 - 1971 n/a
Douglas DC-6B 6 1966 - 1982 985-990
Bell UH-1H Iroquois 12 1967 - 1971 H-80-91
Lockheed C-130B/H Hercules 4/2 1972 - Present 993-998
Aérospatiale SA.330 Puma 1 1973 - 1983 H-98
Beech 99A Petrel 2 1979 - 2012 300,305
Piper PA-31 Chieftain 1 1980 - 1986 311
de Havilland DHC-5D Buffalo 1 1980 - 1981 920
Boeing 727 1 1981 - 1986 901
Boeing 707 3 1982 - Present 901-904
Beech 200 King Air 1 1996 - Present 336
Gulfstream III/IV 1/1 1996 - Present 911(1)(2)
Boeing 737 2 1997 - Present 921,922
Boeing 767 1 2007 - Present 985

 

 

Grupo de Aviación N° 11

Role: Attack/Training.

The unit was formed in 1949 with Republic F-47D Thunderbolt to act as an operational conversion. After a reorganisation in 1954, the unit was part of Ala Base 2. With the phase-out of the Republic F-47D from active inventory, the unit was disbanded in 1959. In the 1960s the group was reactivated as navigational training unit for multi-engineed aircraft and became known 1970 also as Escuela de Navegación y Vuelo with three Beech 99. The unit received more Beech 99 later and transfered to Base Aérea Los Cerrillos/Santiago in 1979 but was disbanded again the same year and handed over its Beech 99 to Grupo de Aviación 10. In September 1988 the group was again reactivated with eighteen ENAER T-35A/B/D Pillan and eight ENAER PA-28-235 Dakota.

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
Republic F-47D Thunderbolt 26 1949 - 1959 750-772
North American AT-6 Texan 8 1954 - n/a n/a
Beech 56 Baron 2 1968 - n/a 361,471
Beech 99 9 1970 - 1979 300-308
ENAER PA-28-235 Dakota 8 1988 - n/a 215-239
ENAER T-35A/B/D Pillan 18 1988 - n/a 101-148,191
ENAER ECH-002 Ñamcú 2 1996 - 2001 181,182

 

 

Escuadrilla de Alarma Temprana

Role: AEW.

No unit history known.

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
Boeing 707 Phalcon AEW 1 1995 - Present 904

 

 

Escuadrilla de Alta Acrobacia "Halcones"

Role: Acrobatics.

The unit was formed on 14.1.1981 with six Pitts S-2A Special. In 1989 the Pitts S-2A were replaced by Extra 300.

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
Pitts S-2A Special 6 1981 - 1989 1-7
Extra 300 9 1990 - 2002 1-6
Extra 300L 7 2002 - Present 1-6

 

 

Escuadrilla de Enlace N° 12

Role: Liaison.

No unit history known.

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
Douglas C-47 Skytrain n/a 1954 - n/a 950-972
Sikorsky S-55 Chickasaw n/a 1971 - n/a H-50-57
de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 2 1978 - n/a n/a
ENAER PA-28-235 Dakota n/a 1980 - n/a n/a
Aérospatiale SA.315B Lama n/a 1982 - n/a H-10-16

 

Grupo de Defensa Antiaérea 22

Role: Air Defense.

No unit history known.

Weapons Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
Rheinmetall RH 202 MK 20 twin 20mm n/a n/a - n/a n/a
Oerlikon K63 twin 35mm n/a n/a - n/a n/a
FAMIL FAM-2M twin 20 mm n/a n/a - Present n/a
Short Blowpipe n/a 1982 - n/a n/a
Aérospatiale-Matra Mistral n/a n/a - Present n/a
Thales Javelin n/a n/a - Present n/a

 

 

Grupo de Telecomunicaciones y Detección N° 32

Role: Communication.

The unit was formed as Grupo de Comunicaciones y Detección Nº 32 on 28.10.1987 at Base Aérea Los Cerrillos/Santiago. In 1.1988 the unit moved to its current base at BA Pudahuel/Santiago.

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
no aircraft assigned      

 

Air Bases:

Base

Duration

Base Aérea Quintero/Valparaiso

1954 - 1981

Base Aérea Los Cerrillos/Santiago

1981 - Present

 

Unit Insignia:

 

Ala Base Nº 2

Grupo de Telecomunicaciones y Detección N° 32

 

References:

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/2007 (Ian Carroll)

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