Rotores de Portugal
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|Rotores de Portugal|
The three Alouette III of the Rotores de Portugal
|Active||April, 1976 to the Present|
|Branch||Portuguese Air Force|
|Role||Helicopter flight demonstration|
|Part of||Squadron 552|
|Base||No 11 Air Base, Beja, Portugal|
|Helicopter||Aérospatiale Alouette III|
The Rotores de Portugal (Portuguese for "Rotors of Portugal") is a helicopter flight demonstration team created in 1976, operated by Esquadra 552 (Squadron 552) of the Portuguese Air Force, based in No 11 Air Base, Beja. They are the national helicopter display team of Portugal and use three Sud Aviation Alouette III.
In 1976, the aerobatic team Rotores de Portugal was created by order of the Air Force Chief of Staff (CEMFA) to represent the Portuguese Air Force in several festivals all over the country. The team operated for 18 years while integrated with the 102 Squadron Panchos, and flew a total of 41 demonstrations.
On the fifty-third anniversary of the Air Force, in 2005, the Rotores de Portugal were reactivated and integrated with the 552 Squadron, based at Beja Air Base.
|Sud Aviation Alouette III||France||Squadron 33||4||1976—1980|
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