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Unit History


Grupo de Aviación 7
 

Role: Fighter.

The unit was formed on 1.9.1949, but received its first aircraft at Base Aérea Los Cerrillos in Santiago only in 1954, when the de Havilland Vampire arrived in country. After a reorganisation in 1954, the unit was part of the recently formed Ala Base 1 at the new base Base Aérea Cerro Moreno at Antofagasta. In 1956 the group was reequipped with four Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star while Lockheed F-80C Shooting Star arrived in 1958. In 1967 the Lockheed F-80C and T-33A were replaced with Hawker Siddeley Hunter and were delivered to the newly formed Grupo de Aviación 9 at Puerto Montt. Grupo de Aviación 7 operated the Hunter aircraft until 1976, when they were replaced with Northrop F-5E/F Tiger II and the unit moved to its current base. The aircraft were sent to Grupo de Aviación 12 in 2009 and the unit will eventually be reequipped with Lockheed F-16AM Fighting Falcon. The former KLu aircraft arrived from 11.2010 in Chile.


Air Bases:
Base Duration

Base Aérea Los Cerrillos/Santiago

1949 - 1976

Base Aérea Cerro Moreno/Antofagasta

1976 - Present

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
de Havilland Vampire 6 1954 - 1958 J-01-J-05
Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star 4 1956 - 1964 J-314-J-317
Lockheed F-80C Shooting Star 18 1958 - 1964 J-330-J-347
Hawker Siddeley Hunter F.71 14 1967 - 1976 J-700-J-713
Northrop F-5E/F Tiger II 15/3 1974 - 2009 J-800-J-817
Lockheed F-16AM Fighting Falcon 18 2010 - Present J-741-J-758

 

 

Unit Insignia:

 

Grupo de Aviación 7

References:

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

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