Manaus Air Force Base

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Manaus Air Force Base
Base Aérea de Manaus
IATA: PLLICAO: SBMN
Summary
Airport type Military: Air Force Base
Operator Brazilian Air Force
Serves Manaus
In use 1970 – present
Commander Cel. Av. Roberto Nicolau Chagas
Elevation AMSL 81 m / 267 ft
Coordinates 03°08′46″S 059°59′11″W / 3.14611°S 59.98639°W / -3.14611; -59.98639Coordinates: 03°08′46″S 059°59′11″W / 3.14611°S 59.98639°W / -3.14611; -59.98639
Map
SBMN is located in Brazil
SBMN
SBMN
Location in Brazil
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 2,318 7,605 Asphalt
Sources: Brazilian Air Force[1]

Manaus Air Force Base – BAMN (IATA: PLLICAO: SBMN) is a base of the Brazilian Air Force located in Manaus, Brazil. It was created in 1970 and between 1970 and 1976 public facilities of Ponta Pelada Airport were shared with the military facilities of Manaus Air Force Base.[2] In 1976, with the opening of Eduardo Gomes International Airport, all public operations were transferred to the new airport. Ponta Pelada Airport was then renamed Manaus Air Force Base and since then it handles exclusively military operations.


Units[edit]

The following units are based at Manaus Air Force Base:

Subordinated to the command of the 2nd Air Force (II FAe), which is dedicated to Search and Rescue, Rotorary Wings, and Maritime Patrol:

  • 7th Squadron of the 8th Aviation Group (7°/8°GAv), the Hárpia Squadron, using UH-1H (UH-1 Iroquois) and H-60L (UH-60 Black Hawk) helicopters for transportation, search and rescue and humanitarian missions.[3]

Subordinated to the command of the 3rd Air Force (III FAe), which is dedicated to fighter and attack:

  • 1st Squadron of the 4th Aviation Group (1°/4°GAv), the Pacau Squadron, using F-5EM (Northrop F-5) fighter.[4]

Subordinated to the command of the 5th Air Force (V FAe), which is dedicated to Transport Aviation:

Subordinated to the command of the 7th Regional Air Force Command (VII COMAR):

Manaus Air Force Base is also the base of the 4th Aviation Battalion of the Brazilian Army (4° BAvEx), which uses the helicopters HM-1 (Eurocopter AS565), HM-3 (Eurocopter AS 532), and HM-2 UH-60 Black Hawk.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 28 April 1971: Brazilian Air Force, a Douglas DC-6B registration FAB-2414 en route from Manaus to Rio de Janeiro had problems with engine vibrations which forced the crew to return to Manaus. On the ground one of the right hand engines burst into flames. The fire spread to the fuselage causing the death of 16 of the 83 occupants.[7]

Access[edit]

The base is located 9 km from downtown Manaus.


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brazilian Air Force Official Website
  2. ^ "Base Aérea de Manaus e 1°/9° GAv completam 39 anos de apoio à Amazônia" (in Portuguese). Força Aérea Brasileira. 14 April 2009. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "7º/8ºGAv – Esquadrão Hárpia" (in Portuguese). Spotter. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "1º/4ºGAv – Esquadrão Pacau" (in Portuguese). Spotter. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "1º/9ºGAv – Esquadrão Arara" (in Portuguese). Spotter. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "7ºETA – Esquadrão Cobra" (in Portuguese). Spotter. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Accident description FAB-2414". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 

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