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Unit History


Grupo de Aviación 8
 

Role: Fighter/Bomber.

The unit was formed on 6.2.1948 as Grupo de Bombardeo Pesado Nº 1 with North American B-25J Mitchell at Base Aérea Quintero in Valparaiso and was later renamed Grupo de Aviación 8. 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. From 1954 the unit was reequipped with Douglas B-26C Invader. In 1963 the group received its first jet aircraft, the reactivated de Havilland Vampire in the fighter-trainer role. They served until 1971, when all Vampires except J-302 were retired. In 1973 the Hawker Siddeley Hunter F.71 from Grupo de Aviación 7 replaced the obsolete B-26C Invader. After these aircraft were phased out by 1995, the unit operated Dassault Mirage M5 Elkan, which they bought from Belgium. From 2006 the unit was reequipped with Lockheed F-16A/B Fighting Falcon from the Netherlands.


Air Bases:
Base Duration

Base Aérea Quintero/Valparaiso

1948 - 1954

Base Aérea Cerro Moreno/Antofagasta

1954 - Present

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
North American B-25J Mitchell 8 1948 - 1957 800-811
Douglas B-26C Invader 38 1954 - 1979 812-849
de Havilland Vampire 11 1963 - 1971 J-301-J-311
Hawker Siddeley Hunter F.71 15 1973 - 1995 J-700-J-713
ENAER PA-28-235 Dakota 2 1980 - Present 224,228
Hawker Siddeley Hunter Mk.9 15 1981 - 1995 J-741-J-754
Dassault Mirage M5 Elkan 25 1995 - 2006 J-701-J-725
CASA 212-300 1 1997 - Present 965
Bell 412 6 2000 - Present H-41-43,H-46,H-48,H-51
Lockheed F-16A/B Fighting Falcon 11/7 2006 - Present J-721-J-738

 

 

Unit Insignia:

 

Grupo de Aviación 8

References:

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

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