Patrulla Águila

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Patrulla Águila
Patrulla Águila in the 2007 Gijón Airshow.
Active 1985–present
Country Flag of Spain.svg Spain
Branch Emblem of the Spanish Air Force.svg Spanish Air Force
Role Aerobatic flight demonstration team
Garrison/HQ San Javier Air Base
Colors Red, yellow, white
Aircraft flown
Fighter 12 Casa C-101 Aviojets
Only 7 fly in airshows
Patrulla Águila.
CASA C-101EB Aviojet and "culopollo" (the pet of the patroll created from the nickname of the plane in the Spanish Air Force Academy)

Patrulla Águila (Spanish for "Eagle Patrol"), formed 4 July 1985, is the aerobatic demonstration team of the Spanish Air Force, based at San Javier airbase near La Manga, in the Murcia region of Spain. Flying 7 Casa C-101 Aviojets, they are the only team to use yellow smoke and are also known for their formation landings.


During the '50s and '60s Spain had various aerobatic teams which preceded the creation of the Patrulla Águila. These were:

The 4 June 1985, Patrulla Águila made its first training whose pilots were selected among the teachers of the Air Force Academy and equipped with the new built Casa C-101 Aviojet.


Members of the patrol[edit]

Piloto[1] Puesto 2011
Miguel Puertas (Granada) Chief of the patrol
Ignacio Sánchez-Heredero (Madrid) Leader
César Piquer (Valencia) Right Point
Antonio Monge (Madrid) Left Point
Pedro M. Monleón (Valencia) Dog
Antonio Gutiérrez (Granada) Solo
Moisés Roca (Murcia) Right pair
Mariano M. Navarro (Murcia) Left pair
Alberto Bello Reserve
Patrulla Aguila at RIAT 2005

The patrol is composed of seven pilots (plus a chief in land and extensive support personnel) who occupy seven demarcations of different names. These are:

  • Leader or Eagle 1: in the standard formation of the patrol, the leader occupies the head, the other extending to the sides and behind him. The leader directs the whole the patrol in flight.
  • Points right and left or Eagles 2 and 3 : the points go behind and on both sides of the leader. Each has a mission to provide stability to the corresponding wing.
  • Dog or Eagle 4: the' 'dog' 'flies behind the leader and of the points, forming the four one diamond.
  • Solo or Eagle 5: the one in charge of the maneuvers that put more to the limit the characteristics of the aircraft.
  • Pair right and left or Eagles 6 and 7 make up the sides of the formation. They are responsible for the maneuvers that require more precision and coordination.


  • To mark the 25th anniversary of the Patrulla Águila the aviojet #5 was painted.
  • World Champion 2010 sticker.
    The aviojet #5 has got stickers that say "World Champion 2010", which were given by the Netherlands Air Force, who planned to put them on their planes but finally it was Spain who won the World Cup.
Patrulla Águila on CASA C-101EB Aviojet
Patrulla Águila's C-101 painted as mark of the 25th anniversary.


  1. ^ Ministerio de Defensa de España. "Patrulla Águila > Los pilotos" (in Spanish). Retrieved 16 December 2011. 

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