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Portugal receives first second-hand P-3C Orion from Germany

The Força Aerea Portuguesa (FAP; Portuguese Air Force) received the first of six former Marineflieger (German Navy)-operated P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) on February 9

Portugal’s first C-390 enters operational service

After an initial entry into service ceremony was held at Embraer’s facility in Gavião Peixoto, Brazil, on October 16; the first C-390 Millennium for the Portuguese Air Force arrived at Beja Air Base, Portugal, at approximately 1630hrs (local time) on October 19

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PAS 23: Portugal shows off first C-390 Millennium

Embraer exhibited the first C-390 Millennium medium-lift transport aircraft for the Portuguese Air Force at the Paris Air Show from June 19-22

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How Portuguese Air Force TB-30 training course has evolved

Joe Campion visits Esquadra 101 ‘Roncos’, the main hub of Portuguese pilot training, as its students embark on a new syllabus

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Portugal’s SAR AW101 Merlin lifesavers

Covering an area of more than two million square miles, Portugal’s Merlin rescue helicopters have a huge task on their hands. Davide Daverio looks at their vital search and rescue role

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Esquadra 802: Inside the world’s last operational de Havilland Chipmunk squadron

After more than 70 years of military service, the Chipmunk basic trainer is still flying high in Portugal, as AirForces Monthly discovered

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Portuguese Air Force F-86 Sabre

On September 18, 2022 at Monte Real AB annual open gates day, a newly restored F-86F Sabre was presented in silver with red nose, wing and tail tips, as per the colour scheme of the short-lived Esquadra 52 “Galos” (Roosters)…  

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EXCLUSIVE: Flying mountain operations with AW119s from Portugal’s Esquadra 552

We joined the Portuguese Air Force’s Esquadra 552 ‘Zangões’ for a mountain flying exercise. The unit has proven the relevance of training exercises – battling major wildfires

Portugal orders six Black Hawks to help fight fires

Six Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks have been ordered by the Portuguese Air Force to provide additional support to the country’s resources in fighting rural wildfires

Portugal’s first KC-390 enters final phase of testing

The first of five Embraer KC-390 Millennium tanker-transports for the Portuguese Air Force has entered its final phase of testing ahead of its planned arrival in Portugal