Santa Maria Air Force Base

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Santa Maria Air Force Base
Base Aérea de Santa Maria
IATA: RIAICAO: SBSM
Summary
Airport type Military: Air Force Base
Operator Brazilian Air Force
Serves Santa Maria
Built 1945
In use 1970–present
Commander Cel. Av. Roberto Ferreira Pitrez
Elevation AMSL 88 m / 289 ft
Coordinates 29°42′39″S 053°41′32″W / 29.71083°S 53.69222°W / -29.71083; -53.69222Coordinates: 29°42′39″S 053°41′32″W / 29.71083°S 53.69222°W / -29.71083; -53.69222
Website http://www.basm.aer.mil.br/
Map
SBSM is located in Brazil
SBSM
SBSM
Location in Brazil
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 2,700 8,858 Concrete
02/20 1,400 4,593 Asphalt
Sources: Air Force Base Website,[1] Brazilian Air Force[2]

Santa Maria Air Base – BASM is a base of the Brazilian Air Force, located in the city of Santa Maria, Brazil.

It shares some facilities with Santa Maria Airport.

History[edit]

In 1944 the then President of Brazil Getúlio Vargas allocated an area of 4 million square meters near Santa Maria with the purpose of building an aerodrome. The works were conducted on an urgent basis, with the collaboration of the United States Army and it was finally opened in April 1945.

Santa Maria Air Force Base was created on 18 December 1970 and inaugurated on 15 October 1971 and since then it has an active presence in the region.

Units[edit]

The following units are based at Santa Maria 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:

  • 5th Squadron of the 8th Aviation Group (5º/8ºGAv), the Pantera Squadron, using UH-1 Iroquois and Sikorsky 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 Reconnaissance, Attack, and Combat:

  • 1st Squadron of the 10th Aviation Group (1º/10ºGAv), the Poker Squadron, using the A-1A and A-1B (AMX International AMX) aircraft for attack, and reconnaissance missions.[4]
  • 1st Squadron of the 12th Aviation Group (1º/12ºGAv), the Hórus Squadron, using the Elbit Hermes 450 for reconnaissance missions.
  • 3rd Squadron of the 10th Aviation Group (3º/10ºGAv), the Centauro Squadron, using the RA-1 and RA-1B (AMX International AMX) aircraft for attack missions.[5]

Subordinated to the command of the Department of Airspace Control (DECEA), which is dedicated to the control of the Brazilian Airspace:

  • 4th Squadron of the 1st Communications and Control Group (4º/1ºGCC), the Mangrulho Squadron, using radars and equipment for air defense.

The base has one Cessna C-98 Grand Caravan G1000 for administrative functions.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Access[edit]

The base is located 11 km east of downtown Santa Maria.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Air Force Base Official Website
  2. ^ Brazilian Air Force Official Website
  3. ^ "5º/8ºGAv – Esquadrão Pantera" (in Portuguese). Spotter. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "1º/10ºGAv – Esquadrão Poker" (in Portuguese). Spotter. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "3º/10ºGAv – Esquadrão Centauro" (in Portuguese). Spotter. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Accident description FAB-2457". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 

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