‘Smokers’ on the road

Carlos Filipe Operti joined the Brazilian Air Force’s demonstration team during a 30-day tour around South America.

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Esquadrilha da Fumaça in formation over the outskirts of Mendoza after taking off for the journey to Santiago.
All photos Carlos Filipe Operti

The Força Aérea Brasileira’s (FAB’s) Esquadrão de Demonstração Aérea (EDA), better known as the Esquadrilha da Fumaça (Smoke Squadron), was established in 1952 but only became the service’s official demonstration team in 1963. Disbanded in 1976, after 1,318 demonstration flights with the T-6 Texan and Magister, it was revived four years later with the Neiva T-25 and designated as the EDA in 1982. In September the following year the first six T-27 Tucanos were delivered and the type made its debut in Fumaça colours in December.

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