sábado, 30 de setembro de 2017

SA-330 Puma List



FAP
Serial
remarks
9501
1001
1968 - first helicopter of the SA-330 production line;
1968 - test reg. F-WHMM
1969.06.03 - delivery date (as SA-330C) . BA3, Tancos;
1970.06.11 - to Esq94 "Os Moscas", BA9 Luanda, Angola;
1975.05.05 - arrival from Angola - based BA6;
1982.05.12 to 15 - VIP transport mission - first visit of Pope John Paul II to Portugal;
1986.06.13 - w/o – accident at BA6  [during suspended cargo practice, the cable got entangled on the tail rotor, causing the loss of control and consequently the helicopter hiting the ground - 1K 3inj. ];
Total logged flight hours: 2.341H20M
19502
1002
1968 - second production line a/c;
1969.08.02 - delivery date - BA3, Tancos;
1970.10.20 - to Esq94 "Os Moscas", BA9 Luanda, Angola;
1972.01.23 -  incident w/ 9503, at Toto, Angola - recovered;
1975.05.05 - arrival from Angola - based BA6;
1979.12.02 - noted operational BA6;
1983.02.19 - arr. BA4;
1995.11. - noted oper. Esq.751;
2004.04.25 - arr. BA4 from BA6 for Esq.711;
2004 – noted oper. E.711/BA4 “20.000HV” mks.;
2006.04.11 – wfu/stored BA4;
2008 – Operação Fénix - back to active service by 2009;
2009.03.05 - Operação Fénix - noted mnt BA4;
2009.03.09 – total logged flight hours - 6.159H30M
2011.04.13 - dep. BA4 to Sta. Maria, and AM3 Porto Santo n/s;
2011.04.14 - arr. BA11 Beja [last flight] for storage;
2017.04.27 - noted stored Beja (BA11); ..?
2017.10.12 - confirmed stored dismantled BA11 [to integrate the local Museu do Ar branch];
19503
1009
1969.11.16 - delivery date - BA3, Tancos;
1970.11.12 - to Esq94 "Os Moscas", BA9 Luanda, Angola;
1972.01.23 - incident w/ 9502, in Toto, Angola - recovered;
1975.05.05 - arrival from Angola - based BA6;
1979.12.12 - noted operational BA6;
1989.07.22 - noted oper. Fairford UK ('9503' w/no emergency flotation gear);
1995.05.01 - noted oper. Esq.751, det. Porto Santo;
1996.06.01 - noted mnt BA6 after sustaining severe damage to the tail boom in heavy landing - tail replaced;
2006.03.29 – noted oper. Esq.711 - Sta. Maria;
2006.04.11 – noted oper. Esq.711/BA4;
2006 - stored BA11;
2008.03.27 - Operação Fénix – noted during run up at BA11;
2008.04.04 - Operação Fénix – first test flight - BA11;
2009.09-10/11 - Operação Fénix - flight Beja-Porto Santo-Santa Maria-Lajes;
2009.03.09 – total logged flight hours - 6.247H00M
2011.04.13 - dep. BA4 Lajes to Sta. Maria, and AM3 Porto Santo n/s;
2011.04.14 - arr. BA11 Beja [last flight] for storage;
2017.05 – noted stored Alverca (DGMFA);
2017.09.11 - noted BA6 (static display during Esq.751 cerimony);
19504
1004
1969.11.18 - delivery date - BA3, Tancos;
1970.02.20 - to Esq94 "Os Moscas", BA9 Luanda, Angola;
1974 - noted oper.Luso, Angola;
1975.05.26 - arrival from Angola to BA6;
1977.01.11 - noted based BA6;
1980.05.25 - noted operational BA6;
1986 - noted oper. Esq.751;
2006.03.28 – dep. BA6 arr. Porto Santo; dep. 29th to BA4, via Sta. Maria;
2006.04.11 – noted oper. Esq.711/BA4;
2006 - stored BA11;
2008.04.15 - Operação Fénix – noted during run up at BA11;
2008.04.16 - Operação Fénix – first test flight - BA11;
2009.09-10/11 - Operação Fénix - flight Beja-Porto Santo-Santa Maria-Lajes;
2009.03.09 – total logged flight hours - 6.821H55M
2009.09.24 – noted w/ “40 years/70.000 flight hours” c/s;
2011.04.13 - dep. BA4 Lajes to Sta. Maria, and AM3 Porto Santo n/s;
2011.04.14 - arr. BA11 Beja [last flight - last of 3ship formation] for storage;
2017.04 - noted as "road runner" going to Alverca (DGMFA) for storage;
2017.05 – noted stored Alverca (DGMFA);
19505
1011
1969.11.02 - delivery date - BA3, Tancos;
1970.12.10 - to Esq94 "Os Moscas", BA9 Luanda, Angola;
1975.05.16 - arrival from Angola - based BA6;
1977.09 - noted oper.BA6;
1978.01.31 - arr. Açores;
1984 - noted oper. Esq.751;
1986.07.19 - noted oper. Koksijde, BE as '9505';
2006.03.28 – dep. BA6 arr. Porto Santo; dep. 29th to BA4, via Sta. Maria;
2006.04.11 – noted oper. Esq.711/BA4;
2006 - stored BA11;
2008.07.24 - Operação Fénix – noted during run up at BA11;
2008.08.05 - Operação Fénix –first  test flight - BA11
2009.09-10/11 - Operação Fénix - flight Beja-Porto Santo-Santa Maria-Lajes;
2009.03.05 - noted oper. BA4;
2009.03.09 – total logged flight hours - 8.276H55M
2009.08.18 - last logged flight with Esq.752;
2014.02.28 - declared for sale by MoD (batch of 8a/c);
2017.04 - noted stored Alverca (DGMFA);
19506
1019
1969 - reg. F-ZKCH
1969 - delivery date - BA3, Tancos;
1970.11.12 - to Esq94 "Os Moscas", BA9 Luanda, Angola;
1975.05.24 - arrival from Angola - based BA6;
1980.03.31 - noted operational BA6;
1994.10 - noted oper. Esq.751;
1996.07 - noted oper. Esq.711;
1999.01 - noted mnt OGMA;
2000.03.28 - noted oper.;
2000.07.25 - noted oper. BA4 (Medevac on ship “Liberty Wave”); 
2006.03.02 – noted oper. Esq751 BA6;
2006.04.11 – stored BA6;
Total logged flight hours - 6.244H45M
2014.02.28 - declared for sale by MoD (batch of 8a/c);
2017.05 – noted stored Alverca (DGMFA);
9507
1035
1970 - delivery date - BA3, Tancos;
1971.03.30 - w/o due to sabotage at BA3 Tancos;
Total logged flight hours – 50H00M
19508
1040
1970.06.25 - delivery date - BA3, Tancos;
1973.02 - to Esq.703 "Vampiros", based AB7 Tete, Moçambique;
1973+ - noted oper. Moçambique;
1973 - noted oper. Negage;
1975.05.09 - arrival from Moçambique - based BA6;
1977.09.16 - arr.Açores;
1996.07 - noted oper. Esq.711;
2004.06.05 - noted Commuity Appreciation Day, Lajes (static), Esq.711;
2005.07 – wfu- noted dsmtl fuselage BA6;
2006.04.11 – wfu/stored BA6;
Total logged flight hours - 6.824H40M
2014.02.28 - declared for sale by MoD (batch of 8a/c);
2017.05 – noted stored Alverca (DGMFA);
19509
1046
1970.07.19 - delivery date - BA3, Tancos;
1973.02 - to Esq.703 "Vampiros", based AB7 Tete, Moçambique;
1973.07.20 - noted based AB7;
1974.04.16 - noted BA9;
1975.05.15 - arrival from Moçambique - based BA6;
1980.01.21 - arr. Açores;
1995.11 - noted oper. Esq.711;
2000.05 - noted mnt OGMA (GV/3rd echelon);
2000.10.21 - noted oper. Faro;
2004.03.26 - noted oper. Esq.711/BA4;
2007.01.27 - noted oper. Ponta Delgada helipad as 'Medic17';
2006 - stored BA11;
2008.06.02 - Operação Fénix – noted during run up at BA11;
2008.07.24 - Operação Fénix – first test flight - BA11
2009.09-10/11 - Operação Fénix - flight Beja-Porto Santo-Santa Maria-Lajes;
2009.03.05 - noted oper. BA4;
2009.03.09 – total logged flight hours - 7.963H40M
2014.02.28 - declared for sale by MoD (batch of 8a/c);
2017.05 – noted stored Alverca (DGMFA);
9510
1050
1970 - delivery date- BA3, Tancos;
1970 - noted OGMA [grey/green/dayglo c/s];
1973.02 - to Esq.703 "Vampiros", based AB7 Tete, Moçambique;
1973.03.20 - noted based AB7;
1973.12.18 - w/o - accident on landing at Cantina de Oliveira barracs, Moçambique;
Total logged flight hours – 372H10M
19511
1059
1970.11.14 - delivery date - BA3, Tancos;
1972(late)? - noted BA9 in transit to AB7; 
1973.02 - to Esq.703 "Vampiros", based AB7 Tete, Moçambique;
1973.03.20 - noted based AB7;
1974.12.16 - noted BA9;
1975.05.15 - arrival from Moçambique - based BA6;
1976.11.26 - arr. Açores on board LPD-15 "Ponce" for operational evaluation;
1976.11.30 - Co Esquadra 752;
1977.04.11 - arr. Açores;
1979.01.16 - to OGMA for mnt;
1996.07 - noted oper. Esq.711;
2003.12.17 - noted oper. BA4;
2006.02.09 – noted oper. BA4 Esq.711;
2006.06.02 - noted oper. Esq.711 - Ponta Delgada;
Total logged flight hours - 6.758H30M
2014.02.28 - declared for sale by MoD (batch of 8a/c);
2017.04?05? - noted stored Alverca (DGMFA);
19512
1065
1970.11.14 - delivery date - BA3, Tancos;
1973.02 - to Esq.703 "Vampiros", based AB7 Tete, Moçambique;
1974.03.20 - noted base AB7;
1975.05.09 - arrival from Moçambique - based BA6;
1976.11.26 - arr. Açores on board LPD-15 "Ponce" for operational evaluation;
1976.11.30 - Co Esquadra 752;
1977.04.11 - arr. Açores;
1978.11.24 - to OGMA for mnt;
2000.05 - noted oper. BA6;
2006.03.02 – noted oper.E.751 BA6;
2006 - to Museu do Ar;
2006.06.24 to 01.07 - noted Braga static dspl Air Force Anniversary;;
Museu do Ar,  Sintra - noted 2012.06.29 ; 2015 current;
Total logged flight hours - 7.097H20M
19513
1270
1975.02.25 - delivery date - BA3, Tancos;
197? - noted oper. BA6;
1979.11.20 - noted oper. BA6;
1999.06.08 - noted mnt OGMA;
2000.05.17 - noted oper. BA4 (callsign “Puma33”);
2004.06.05 - noted Community Appreciation Day, Lajes (static), Esq.711;
2006.04.11 – noted oper.Esq.711/BA4;
Total logged flight hours - 5.333H50M
2017.05 – noted stored Alverca (DGMFA);



Versions
1969-1970 SA-330L  w/ 2x Turboméca Turmo III C 4 (1.450 shp)
1978-1980 SA-330H w/ 2x Turboméca Turmo IV C C 4 (1.575 shp) plus floating device, aditional fuel capacity, winch, radio-altimeter, TACAN, navigational  and flight instruments improvements (VOR/DME, FF/SIF), inertial naviation platform (Litton LTN-72R), doppler radar (Marconi AN/APN-208V), OMERA ORB-31 radar, and new maisn rotor blades.
1988-1994 SA-330S1 w/ 2x Turboméca Makila A1A (1.940shp) with command and control sistems identical to the Super Puma, and composite tail rotor blades.



Units

1965-1978 Esquadra Mista de Aviões e Helicópteros (BA3, Tancos)
1970 Esquadra de Helicópteros nº94 "Moscas" (BA9, Luanda, Angola)
1970 Esquadra de Helicópteros nº703 "Vampiros" ( AB7 Tete, Moçambique)
1974-1978 Grupo Aéreo de Helicópteros (BA6, Montijo) 
(1976)-1978 Esquadra de Busca e Salvamento nº42 (BA4 Lajes) [unit originaly born around 1945]
1978-Act. Esquadra de Busca e Salvamento nº751 "Pumas" (BA6, Montijo)
1975-1993 Esquadra de Busca e Salvamento nº752 "Pumas" (BA4, Lajes)
1993-2006 Esquadra de Busca e Salvamento nº711 "Albatrozes" (BA4 Lajes) deactivated 
2008.09 - 2008.12 Esquadra de Busca e Salvamento nº752 "Pumas" (BA4, Lajes)


Thanks to: António "5521" Luís; Miguel  "MiG" Santos; SAJU Rui Melo; André Carvalho; Filipe Cruz; Cor. Alexandre Figueiredo; TGen. Vizela Cardoso; João Espinho;



Other sources: 
Pássaro de Ferro

http://www.passarodeferro.com/2014/06/pumas-ex-fap-sem-compradores-m1615.html

http://www.passarodeferro.com/2014/03/governo-coloca-pumas-oficialmente-venda.html



http://www.passarodeferro.com/2011/07/base-das-lajes-i.html

http://www.passarodeferro.com/2011/06/imagens-da-chegada-dos-ultimos-tres-sa.html

http://www.passarodeferro.com/2011/04/o-ultimo-rugido-do-puma.html

http://www.passarodeferro.com/2011/02/helicopteros-m475-9al2011-parte-ii.html

http://www.passarodeferro.com/2009/11/forca-aerea-em-accao-nas-ilhas.html

http://www.passarodeferro.com/2009/07/o-efeito-puma.html

http://www.passarodeferro.com/2009/03/nos-acores-press-release-fap.html

http://www.passarodeferro.com/2007/09/a-vigilia-alerta.html

http://www.passarodeferro.com/2006/12/para-que-outros-vivam.html



Walkarounds

http://walkarounds-ccadf.blogspot.pt/2011/04/sa-330-puma-ultima-missao.html

http://walkarounds-ccadf.blogspot.pt/2011/04/o-ultimo-rugido-do-puma.html

http://walkarounds-ccadf.blogspot.pt/2010/02/historia-do-puma-na-forca-aerea.html

http://walkarounds-ccadf.blogspot.pt/2009/11/decorreu-no-passado-dia-24-de-setembro.html


Other related writtings elsewhere ...

RCC Lajes – a Busca e Salvamento nos Açores, in Jornal Take-Off, Julho 2009

SA-330 Puma - O Renascer das Cinzas, in Jornal Take-Off, Junho 2009

A Base Aérea das Lajes,  in Jornal Take-Off, Maio 2009

Evacuação médica a 200 milhas a Oeste das Flores, in Jornal Take-Off, Abril 2009 

Portuguese Pumas return to Service, in Air Forces Monthly, November 2008

Portuguese EH101 Deliveries, in Air Forces Monthly, May 2005

Força Aérea recebeu primeiros helicópteros EH-101 Merlin, in Jornal Take-Off, Março 2005








quarta-feira, 12 de julho de 2017

AEROTRANSTORNADOS Nº49

AEROTRANSTORNADOS Nº49





Alcafozes
Confirmed presence of Cessna T-37C nº 2423, at Nossa Senhora do Loreto chapel groundings (l/n 2.7.2017).

Alcochete, Carreira de Tiro de Alcochete (CTA)
Noted from 26 to 28 April 2017, operating here in training operations with the GNR special forces, two SE.3160 Alouette III from Esquadra 552nos. 19302 and 19401, in preparation for the forthcoming state visit of Pope Francis.

Alverca (DGMFA) 
In late April, early May 2017, a couple of SA-330 Puma’s were noted as “road runners”, somewhere between Beja and Lisboa. As is turns out, they moved from storage at Beja (BA1), to Alverca (DGMFA), in mid-May, a photo confirmed the presence of at least 7 aircraft stored at Alverca. These should be the last three operational SA-330 nos. 19502 (1002); 19503 (1009), 19504 (1004)[identified from photos on the road] ; and 19513 (1270) [special c/s]; the rest of the aircraft at Beja were nos. 19505 (1011) ; 19506 (1019) ; 19508 (1040) ; 19509 ( 1046) ; 19511 (1059).  

Alverca (city) 
Still not displayed  on the previous plinth, but still a continued presence at Escola Secundária Gago Coutinho is Cessna T-37C FAP no.02412 (s/n 62-5936, c/n 40736). L/n 9 July 2017.




Castelo Branco (city/airfield)
Noted on the 2nd July 2017, during the commemorations of the 65th Anniversary, of the Força Aérea Portuguesa.
Static display in the city of Castelo Branco were, F-16A ‘15100’, SE.3160 9379 and Alphajet A 15209.
Static display at the airfield included C-130H 16806 (70501 flight hours c/s); SE.3160 19401 + 19376 (special c/s); DHC-1 Chipmunk’s 1306, 1319, 1335, 1339; TB-30 Epsilon’s 11404, 11405, 11406, 11407, 11411. Later joined by C-295M 16705, and Embraer KC-390 reg. PT-ZNJ.
Airdisplay/demos included: flyby F-16’s 15110, 15118; formation of KC-390 PT-ZNJ and F-16’s 15110, 15118; KC-390 flight demo; formation of C-295M 16701, C-130H 16803 (faded UN mks.), P-3C 14808; flight formation of P-3C 14808 and Alphajets 15206, 15250 (Asas de Portugal c/s); flyby of P-3C 14808; SAR demo of SE.3160 19376; cargo drop by C-130H 16803; Asas de Portugal demo with Alphajets 15206, 15250; TB-30 Epsilon’s flight formation demo (all except 11411); SE.3160 19376 suspended cargo demo; DHC-1 Chipmunk 4 a/c flight formation demo; Ejercito del Aire Team Aquila  display [79-40 (4), 79-06 (3), 79-08 (2), 79-29 (PE), 79-34(7), 79-38 (5), 79-28 (PE)]; formation flight and flyby’s by F-16AM/BM’s 15108, 15110, 15114 (QRA a/c), 15118, 15119, 15131(QRA a/c).

Horta, Faial
Operating at Horta on the 30th June, was FAP’s C-295M 16704, from Esquadra 502.

Lajes, Base Aérea nº4 (BA4)
Continued presence of both FIAT G.91R/4’s, 5418 displayed in front of Radio Lajes (l/n 27/6/2017), and ‘5414´stored inside Aero Clube da Ilha Terceira (ACIT) hangar.
Noted on the 25th June operating here, USAF’s KC-135R 59-1516/1516 126ARS, and USN’s P-8A Bu168437/437 VP-5.

Leixões (harbor)
Noted at the Leixões harbour on the 19th and 20th May 2017, Portugues Navy’s Super Lynx Mk.95 nº19202, on the flightdeck of NRP Bartolomeu Dias [F333]. Although not wearing any of the traditional Flight logos painted on the upper nose of the helicopter, it was said to be of the Red Bull Flight.

Lisboa (airport)
Noted on the 22nd June 2017, C-295M 16712 of Esq.502.

Maceda, Aerodromo de Manobra nº1 (AM1)
Operating as part of the 15 Wing Belgian AF detachment, between the 20th April to 20th May, were noted, on the 13th May 2017, the following a/c,
Lockheed C-130H nos. CH-04, CH-08*, CH-10*, CH-12.
[*] carrying several mks/zaps such as “2014-18”, GAF LTG-61, and EATC. 
Also noted, support aircraft CH-11, arr./dep. on the same day back to Belgium.
All the aircraft were noted on several occasions during the detachment, at Tancos, UALE (exBA3), in joint missions with the paratroopers of the Exército Português.
On the 20th May, all of the C-130’s except for one (no.?), departed in the morning back to Belgium. 

On the afternoon of the 20th May, until late in the night, the Museu do Ar Ovar section was open, as part of the “Museums at Night” event, with Museu do Ar Sintra and Alverca also participating.
Apart from the A-7P 15504 gate guard, were noted,
Outside – 5452 FIAT G.91R/3, 16503 C-212 Aviocar, 15246 Alphajet A, 2608 Northrop T-38A, 2427 Cessna T-37C.
Inside – 3548 Auster D.5/160, 15545 LTV TA-7P, 13710 FTP-337G, 3301 MH Broussard, 3208 Piper Cub, and also Alouette II A13 (ex Belgian Army). Noteworthy also T-6G no. 1769 undergoing maintenance, possibly to be rebuilt for static display! 

Esquadra 552 “Zangões” SE.3160 Alouette III nº 19349, was noted also station there for SAR duties.


Monte Real, Base Aérea nº5 (BA5)
During the 12th – 13th May, Portugal received the visit of HH Pope Francis, being the visit solely centered in Fátima (SE of Monte Real), the FAP support operations were based at BA5. Related movements were,

Esquadra 501 C-130H 16806 w/ 70501 flight hours tail markings, carried the papal vehicles. Noted on the 11th, and back on the 13th, for the trip back.

Esquadra 751 EH-101 – 19604, 19605, 19611.
All departed on the 13th, 19605 and 19611 arrived on the 11th, and 19604 arrived on the 12th carrying the President of the Republic.
19605 carried the Pope to the vicinity of Fátima, followed by the 19604 with the President, and the 19611 with the Prime Minister, landing all on the improvised helipad, the parking lot of the local football stadium.

Esquadra 552 SE.3160 Alouette III’s – 19302, 19401, 19312. 
All arrived on the 11th and departed on the 13th. The 19312 was equipped with a side mounted camera for TV coverage, and the other two Alouette III’s carried the GNR special forces which flew as close armed support to all the Pope’s movements.

Based in BA11, Beja, Lockheed P-3C CUP+ 14808, flew on both days as command and control aircraft over all the area between Monte Real and Fátima.

Esquadra 201 was assigned to the visit, flying the escort flights and CAP during the cerimonies. Aircraft involved were, 15103, 15115, 15119, and 15135.

Airbus A321 Alitalia eg. EI-IXH arr. 12th carrying the Pope.
https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/ei-ixh#d5ec0bd

Airbus A320 TAP Air Portugal reg. CS-TNV “Grão Vasco”, carried the Pope back to Rome on the 13th. Reserve aircraft was CS-TNU “Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro”.

Other aircraft involved, based in several locations in the Fátima industrial complex,
CS-HHE Agusta Westland A109E Inaer/INEM (EMS)
CS-HMJ/H7 Aerospatiale A350B3 Ecureuil  EMA/SNBPC
CS-HMO/H8 Aerospatiale A350B3 Ecureuil  EMA/SNBPC
CS-HMI/H9 Aerospatiale A350B3 Ecureuil  EMA/SNBPC
plus
I-BBFI Agusta Westland AW169 (Pope’s EMS helicopter) based at the Colégio de São Miguel, moved to the stadium, nearer to the sanctuary, during cerimonies.


Porto (city)
This year’s commemoration of the 10th June, Portugal Day [Day of Portugal, Camões, and the Portuguese Communities], took place at the city of Porto, with the static display of the armed forces at the center of the city, in Praça da Liberdade and Avenida dos Aliados. The Força Aérea Portuguesa had displayed there, F-16A ‘15100’, Alphajet A 15209, and SE.3160 Alouette III 9379. All arrived on the 5th June and departed on the 11th.
The military parade, took place on the 10th, at Avenida do Brasil, by the ocean front, and the fly over included, a formation with 1xC-130H plus 2xC-295M’s, 4x F-16’s, and 4xAlphajets. Tails: C-130H 16806; C-295M 16702, 16705; Alphajet A’s 15250, 15236, 15206, 15226; F-16AM 15135, 15114, 15110, 15115.



Thanks to: André Carvalho, António Pita, Jorge Martins, José Luís Lopes, Luís “Tamagoshi” de Pádua Gonçalves; Luís Neves, Miguel Machado, Óscar Rodrigues, Sérgio Couto, Manuel Pacheco, Sandra Costa, Eng. Vasco Morão.