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Unit History


Regimiento de Aviación Nº1 'La Independencia'
 

Role: Liaison/Training/Transport/Assault.

The unit was formed as Comando de Aviación on 1.10.1970 at Aeródromo Tobalaba in Santiago. In 1978 some Peloton de Exploración Aérea were formed, which supported the army divisions. In 1980 the Batallón de Aviación 7 'La Independencia" was formed as headquarter for the detachments and the unit moved to Rancagua. The unit got its present name on 2.8.1984 and was the higher command for the Batallón de Enlace y Control, Batallón de Exploración y Reconocimiento, Batallón Aeromóvil and the Batallón de Transporte. The regiment is subordinated to the Brigada de Aviación del Ejército, which was formed on 2.1.1995. From ca. 2008 the unit is composed of the Batallón de Aviones "La Independencia" and the Batallón de Helicópteros "Germania".


Air Bases:
Base Duration

Aeródromo Tobalaba/Santiago

1970 - 1980

Base Aérea De La Independencia/Rancagua

1980 - Present

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
Bell 206 JetRanger 2 1970 - 1979 151,152
Bell UH-1H Iroquois 3 1970 - 1976 051-055,181-183
Piper PA-32 Cherokee 2 1970 - n/a 101,102
Piper PA-31 Navajo 7 1970 - n/a 201-204
Beech 90 King Air 1 1970 - 1993 209
Aérospatiale SA.330 Puma 15 1972 - 1984 250-264
Aérospatiale SA.315B Alouette II 16 1974 - 1984 153-168
Cessna R172 Hawk 19 1978 - 1984 101-120
CASA 212 Aviocar 9 1978 - 1984 210-215,230-232
Cessna 550 Citation II 1 1980 - 1984 301

 

References:

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

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