sábado, 25 de abril de 2015


On the 18th April 2015 took place the Open Base of the 75th Anniversary of the Air Base nº2, at Ota, currently housing the CFMTFA, or Centro de Formação Militar e Técnica da Força Aérea (Military and Technical Formation Center of the Air Force), opportunity to check the status of the local w&r…


The main gate at BA.2 is guarded by Republic F-84G Thunderjet no.5201 (s/n 51-10194; exK-76 RNethAF) (  f/n 1979 )

CFMTFA (hangar)
15249 Alphajet A (c/n 0152; ex41+52)
30+04 FIAT G.91R/3 (c/n 91-1-0057)
9379 SE.3160 Alouette III (c/n1835; includes parts of c/n 1612)
3707 FTB-337G (c/n 0008)

CFMTFA (outside)
2611 Northrop T-38A (s/n 61-0872)    

CFMTFA (noted North of the control tower)
32+85 FIAT G.91R/3 (c/n 91-555)
2401 Cessna T-37C (c/n 40737; s/n 62-5937)
2407 Cessna T-37C (c/n 40731; s/n 62-5931)
2414 Cessna T-37C (s/n 62-5932)
2515 Beechcraft C-45H (Museu do Ar collection)
15506 LTV A-7P (c/n A-159; Bu153250)
14804 Lockheed P-3P (c/n 5405; Bu155295)
CFMTFA (firefighting training area)
5431 FIAT G.91R/4 (c/n 91-4-0136; BD+368; exOGMA)
32+87 FIAT G.91R/3 (c/n 91-558)
15512 LTV A-7P (c/n A-079; Bu153170)
15532 LTV A-7P (c/n A-125; Bu153216)

Thanks to: all the data was compiled with information provided by Tiago Leitão, José Luis Lopes (a.k.a. UNCLE Z), and Paulo Fernandes. Thank you guys! Thanks also to MP for the additional data.


BEJA (BA11), 4 October 2014

Gate Guards - 1951 T-33AN; 2610 T-38A; 20+99 F-104G has been removed for quite some time for restoration however, instead of restoring it,  FAP got an aditional F-104G in Germany [exGAF 22+62], already restored for static display, for replacing this one as gate guard. Both currently (April2015) in Beja.

BA11 Command building - 15248 Alphajet is not there, was removed sometime in late 2013, another one is at it's place, restored in wrap around c/s is FAP no.15201, inaugurated on the 28th February 2014. 15248 said to be stored in base museum.

IGFA/LIA Compound - apparently nothing changed, however the photo I saw only alowed the confirmation of Alouette III 9391, one T-37C, FIAT 5433, and FIAT 32+38.

"Factory" (outside hangar) - T-33's 1911; 1909; 1924; 1927; 1914; 1907; 1929;

"Factory" (inside hangar) - 10x C-212 - only identifiable (from photos) the 16520 with Esq.711 badge and the 20.000HV mks.; SA-330's 19506, 19508, 19511, plus the tail of 19505 (most likely a spare); T-38's 2602, 2612.
Plus this (impounded a/c??): CS-ALZ Piper PA32-260 cherokee Six; G-BLNJ Britten NormanBN-2B-26 ;

Static display included: 1930 T-33; 2606 T-38; 9218 Alouette II; 1335 DHC1; 19372 Alouette III; 15244 Alphajet; 14811 P-3C;
Flying: Alouette III's 19376, 19368; P-3C 14810; TB-30 11415;
Esquadra 103 Alphajet flightline: 15226; 15250; 15206; 15202; 15208;

EVORA (airfield), 4 October 2014

Confirmed the existence of Convair 440 reg. 3C-JJO (c/n401, exIberia EC-AMR 1957-1972; ex Ejército del Aire T.14-1/911-21; exXA-LUS; exSotip).

MONTIJO(BA6), 30 January 2015

Gate Guard - FIAT 5463

Noted engineless (open storage) C-130H-30 no.16802 (awainting major overhaul);

Former FIAT/PUMA hangar, by the old flightline contained,
EH-101 19611 in maintenance (currently the EH-101 hangar is being shared with the Portuguese Navy Esquadrilha de Helicópteros de Marinha, operating the Lynx Mk.95, due to their hangar being rebuilt);
FIAT G.91 5404 being restored;
C-212's - 16504, 16521, 16512, 16509, 16517, 16505, 16510 (no tail);
C-212-300MP - 17201, 17202;

All "extra" data via Pedro "Pugachev" Oliveira, plus International F-104 Society, and Rui Joaquim.

sábado, 11 de abril de 2015

AEROTRANSTORNADOS Nº39 – Planespotting notes

Continued presence here, as an instructional airframe of the Portuguese police special operations (Unidade Especial de Polícia – PSP), Douglas DC-6B no.6707 (c/n 43533/264; exN6533C);
Video: https://youtu.be/vhr8SP47y0A

SINTRA - Base Aérea nº1
Noted at the road leading to the base, Cessna T-37C FAP No. 2424 [c/n 40749; s/n 62-5949].
Other aircraft noted were, Esquadra 101 Epsilon’s nos. 11401, 11404, 11407, and 11410;

SINTRA - Museu do Ar
Main Hall
Blériot XI replica; Junkers Ju52 6304; SantosDumond 14bis replica; Caudron G.III replica, Farman MF40 replica; Santos Dumond XX Demoiselle replica; DH89 Dragon Rapide no.2307; Avro 631 Cadet no.501; Beechcraft AT-11 no.2504, DH84A Tiger Moth no.’111’; Sikorsky H-19 no.’9101’; Cessna T-37C no.2420, DHC1 Chipmunk no.1305; Supermarine Spitfire HF.IXC no.ML255 (nose job to look like a Mk.V); NA F-86F no.’5320’; Douglas C-47A/DC-3 reg.CS-DGA (restored half as CS-TDE); FIAT G.91R/3 no.5445; LTV TA-7P no.15550; Nord Noratlas no.’6403’; Boeing 707 reg.9T-MSS (nose section); Alphajet A no.15224; Schulgleiter Grunnau 38 reg.PE-1; Super Constellation reg.CS-TLA (nose section);

Civil and Sports Aviation Hall
Piper Cub no.3218; DH87 Hornet Moth reg.CR-AAC; Piper Cub reg.CS-AAP (no markings); Beech F.33 reg.CS-AZI; Jurca Tempête reg. CS-AXB; FTB-337G no.13701; Alouette III instructional airframe;

Military Campaigns in Africa Hall

Alouette III no.19384; SA-330 Puma no.19512; Alouette II no.9217; NA T-6G no.1737; Auster D5/160 reg.CS-AMX (no markings); FIAT G.91R/4 no.’5407’; MH1521M Broussard no.3304;

Training and Transport Hall
Falcon 20DC no.17103; Northrop T-38A no.2605; Lockheed T-33A no.1923; Dornier Do27 no.3487 (fuselage);

Displayed outside
Lokheed T-33A no.1926; NA F-86 no.5361; Lockheed P-3P no.14806; Lockheed P-2V-5 no.4711;

Noted stored on the far end of the base: C-47A no. 6157 (fuselage), C-212 nos. 16508, and 16524;

ALVERCA (town)
Monuments still current, the horizontal tail plane of a A-7P, and the Piper Chieftain reg.CS-AVM;
n/n the Cessna T-37C no.02412.

ALVERCA – Museu do Ar
DH-82A Tiger Moth reg.CS-AEL (being dismantled, to be taken to a exhibition); Piper Cub no.3212; Grumman G.44 no’129’; Oliveira Nikkus Miniplane; Alphajet A no.15209 (gone to temp.exhibition); Fairey III D no.17 replica; NA T-6G no.1517;  DHC1Chipmunk no.1376 [LAST ONE EVER BUILT!!]; Auster D5/160 no.3564; Schneider GrunauBaby IIA reg.CS-PAE; FTB-337G no.13709; Alouette III instructional airframe (exOGMA); Alouette II no.9216;
NA F-86F no.5319; LTV A-7P no.15508; Northrop T-38A no.2601; FIAT G.91R/3 no.5441;

Gate Guard – Cessna T-37C no.2411;
Stored in several locations were noted: FTB-337G nos.13704 and 13706; Cessna T-37C at least two were visible from fence…; Douglas DC-6B no.6706; Douglas DC-4/C-54 no.6706; Nord Noratlas no.6417 (nose); Beech C-45 no.2517; Junkers Ju52 no.6301; FIAT G.91T/3 no.1804; FIAT G.91R/3 nos. 5472 and 5473; Nord Noratlas nos. 6417 and 6420.
Plus the Lockheed P-3P no.14801 near the twr.

At the Centro Ciência Viva de Constância - Parque de Astronomia, was confirmed the existence, in very good conditions, of the Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star [FAP no. 1919, s/n 56-1602, c/n 1189, ex BA11 Beja].   Video: https://youtu.be/y6_CgdyiZMM 

TANCOS (exBase Aérea nº3)
Noted from the road is a FIAT that could be, FIAT G.91R/3 (c/n  91-345 , exWGAF 30+82), l/n here in 2008.

At the gate of the base is CASA C-212A no.16507(s/n028; c/nA2-3-28).

Thanks to: Com. of the UEP in Belas; SMOR Manuel Pacheco; Director and personnel of the Centro Ciência Viva de Constância - Parque de Astronomia; 
All videos courtesy of Pedro "Pugachev" Oliveira