Unit Report: Portugal's Falcões & Jaguares


As the Portuguese Air Force celebrates its 70th anniversary, Esquadra 201 and 301, operating the F-16A/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcon, continues to be the tip of the spear. Josef Campion visits the two units in Monte Real

Esq201 and Esq301 operate the F-16A/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcon in offensive and defensive counter-air operations
All photos: Josef Campion

Although Esquadra 201 ‘Falcões’ (Falcons) and Esquadra 301 ‘Jaguares’ have different backgrounds and origins, today, they have the same mission: to execute counter-air and attack operations for the Portuguese Air Force (FAP).

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