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Unit History


Grupo de Aviación 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 the 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.


Air Bases:
Base Duration

Base Aérea Quintero/Valparaiso

1930 - 1949

Base Aérea Los Cóndores/Iquique

1949 - n/a

Base Aérea Quintero/Valparaiso

n/a - 1979

Base Aérea Los Cerrillos/Santiago

1982 - n/a

Base Aérea Los Cóndores/Iquique

n/a - Present

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 3/3 1982 - 2012 301-304,306-308
CASA 212-200 2 1994 - Present 960,961
Cessna O-2A Skymaster 2 1997 - Present 261,266
Bell 412 2 2009 - Present H-57

 

 

Unit Insignia:

 

Grupo de Aviación 2

References:

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

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