Natal Air Force Base

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Natal Air Force Base
Base Aérea de Natal
Base Aérea de Natal - Cruzex 2008.jpg
IATA: noneICAO: none
Summary
Airport type Military: Air Force Base
Operator Brazilian Air Force
Serves Natal
Location Parnamirim, Brazil
Elevation AMSL 52 m / 170 ft
Coordinates 05°54′41″S 035°14′51″W / 5.91139°S 35.24750°W / -5.91139; -35.24750Coordinates: 05°54′41″S 035°14′51″W / 5.91139°S 35.24750°W / -5.91139; -35.24750
Map
Natal AFB is located in Brazil
Natal AFB
Natal AFB
Location in Brazil
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16L/34R 2,600 8,530 Asphalt
16R/34L 1,800 5,905 Asphalt
12/30 1,825 5,987 Asphalt
Sources: Brazilian Air Force[1]

Natal Air Force Base – BANT (Portuguese: Base Aérea de Natal) is a base of the Brazilian Air Force, located in Parnamirim, near Natal, Brazil.

It shared some facilities with Augusto Severo International Airport until May 31, 2014.

History[edit]

Originally called Parnamirim Airport, this facility had an important role during World War II as a strategic base for aircraft flying between South America and West Africa. Particularly between 1943 and 1945, the base was used jointly by the Brazilian Air Force, United States Army and United States Navy, the Royal Air Force, and commercial airlines. The maintenance and security installations were made by the U.S. Army in the South Atlantic (USAFSA).

Units[edit]

The following units are based at Natal Air Force Base:

Subordinated to the command of the 1st Air Force (I FAe), which is dedicated to Training:

  • 2nd Squadron of the 5th Aviation Group (2º/5ºGAv), the Joker Squadron, using A-29A and A-29B aircraft for training with combat aircraft.[2]
  • 1st Squadron of the 11th Aviation Group (1º/11ºGav), the Gavião Squadron, using UH-50 aircraft for rotary wing aircraft training.[3]

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

  • 3rd Squadron of the 1st Communications and Control Group (3º/1ºGCC), the Morcego Squadron, using radars and equipment for air defense.

Additionally, the Base has a Cessna 208 Caravan for administrative missions.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Access[edit]

The base is located 18 km from downtown Natal.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brazilian Air Force Official Website
  2. ^ "2º/5ºGAv – Esquadrão Joker" (in Portuguese). Spotter. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "1º/11ºGAv – Esquadrão Gavião" (in Portuguese). Spotter. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Accident description FAB-2055". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Accident description FAB-2169". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Accident description FAB-2157". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Accident description FAB-7102". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 

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