Smoke Squadron

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Smoke Squadron
EDA7Setembro.jpg The Esquadrilha da Fumaça in Brasília during Brazilian Independence Day celebrations
Country: Brazil
Aircraft currently flown: Embraer EMB 312 Tucano and Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano
Sponsor: Brazilian Air Force
Base airfield: Academia da Força Aérea, in Pirassununga
Colors: Green, Yellow and Blue
Date formed: May 14, 1952
Crest/logo:
FAB EF LOGO 001.jpg

The Aerial Demonstration Squadron (Portuguese: Esquadrão de Demonstração Aérea), popularly known as Smoke Squadron (Portuguese: Esquadrilha da Fumaça) is the Brazilian Air Force's air demonstration squadron. Its first display was on 14 May 1952 over Copacabana beach, using the North American T-6 Texan. The team used the T-6 from its formation until 1968, when it switched to the French Aérospatiale (Fouga) CM.170-2 Super Magister jet, called T-24 in FAB service. However, this model proved unsuitable to Brazilian conditions and, in 1972, the squadron reverted to the T-6, which was used until 1977.

The EDA was disbanded in 1977, but reformed on 8 December 1983 using Neiva T-25 Universal piston-powered aircraft, soon to be replaced by the then-new Embraer EMB-312 Tucano turboprop trainer. At the time the EDA's aircraft were painted a bright red scheme, which has since been superseded by the current gloss blue.

Aircraft[edit]

The aircraft used by the EDA have been, in chronological order:

Objectives[edit]

  • To bring together civilian and military aeronautical communities
  • To contribute towards a better integration between the Air Force and the other Armed Forces
  • To represent the Brazilian Air Force in Brazil and abroad
  • To encourage youngsters to take up civilian and military aeronautical careers
  • To show the quality of the Brazilian aerospace industry
  • To show the capabilities of the Brazilian Air Force crews.

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