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Patrulla Águila in the 2007 Gijón Airshow.
|Active||1985 to Present|
|Branch||Spanish Air Force|
|Role||Aerobatic flight demonstration team|
|Garrison/HQ||San Javier Air Base|
|Colors||Red, yellow, white|
|Fighter||12 Casa C-101 Aviojets
Only 7 fly in airshows
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:
- Basic Air School of Matacán (Salamanca) Patrol, founded in 1954 with 6 T-6 Texan aircraft.
- Jet Training Air School Patrol, Talavera la Real Air Base (Badajoz), established in 1955 with T-33 Shooting Stars planes.
- Ascua Patrol Manises Air Base (Valencia) established in 1956 (officially in 1958 became the Patrulla Ascua) equipped with F-86 Sabre.
- Los Llanos Air Base Patrol (Albacete) in 1980 with Mirage F-1.
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.
Patrulla Águila's Aviojet taxiing at Radom Air Show 2005
- To mark the 25th anniversary of the Patrulla Águila the aviojet #5 was painted.
- 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 Website (In Spanish but with English available)