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Spanish Air Force

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The Spanish Air Force (SPAF) (Spanish: Ejército del Aire; literally, "Army of the Air") is the aerial branch of the Spanish Armed Forces.


Basic Facts[edit]

  • Active Duty Personnel: 26,800
  • Commander in Chief: King Juan Carlos I
  • Chief of the Air Force Staff: Air General Francisco Javier García Arnaiz
  • Bases: 15 (Alcantarilla, Armilla, Cuatro Vientos, Gando, Getafe, Los Llanos, Matacán, Morón, San Javier, Santiago, Son San, Talavera, Torrejón, Villanubla, Zaragoza)
  • Fighters: 153
  • Transport Aircraft: 103
  • Helicopters: 41

List of Aircraft of the Spanish Air Force[edit]


Reconnaissance Aircraft[edit]

  • Cessna C560 Citation V x 2 (Photographic Mapping)
  • Dassault Falcon 20ECM x 2 (Electronic Warfare)
  • Lockheed P-3 Orion x 6 (Maritime Patrol Aircraft)

Transport and Utility Aircraft[edit]

  • Airbus A310-304 x 2 (VIP Transport)
  • Airbus A330 MRTT x 4 (Aerial Tanker)
  • Airbus A400M Atlas x 28 (Tactical Transporter)
  • Beechcraft C-90 King Air x 4 (Utility Aircraft)
  • CASA C-127 x 6 (Utility Aircraft)
  • CASA C-212 Aviocar x 12 (Transport Aircraft)
  • CASA CN-235 x 20 (Photographic Mapping, SAR, Transport Aircraft)
  • CASA C-295 x 14 (Transport Aircraft)
  • Cessna Citation V x 4 (Utility Aircraft)
  • Dassault Falcon 900B x 6 (VIP Transport)
  • Fokker F27-200MAR Maritime x 4 (Search and Rescue)
  • Lockheed C-130H Hercules x 12 (Tactical Airlifter, Aerial Tanker)

Trainer Aircraft[edit]

  • Beechcraft F33C Bonanza x 20 (Basic Trainer)
  • CASA C-101 Aviojet x 70 (Jet Trainer)
  • ENEAR T-35C Pillán x 35 (Basic Trainer)
  • Northrop F-5BM Tiger II x 20 (Fighter Trainer)

Firefighting Aircraft[edit]

  • Canadair CL-215T Scooper x 14 (Firefighting Aircraft)
  • Canadair CL-415 Superscooper x 4 (Firefighting Aircraft)


  • General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper x 4 (ISR UAV)


  • Aerospatiale SA330 Puma x 6 (Search and Rescue Helicopter)
  • Aerospatiale AS332 Super Puma x 10 (Search and Rescue Helicopter)
  • Eurocopter AS532 Cougar x 2 (VIP Transport)
  • Eurocopter EC120 Colibri x 15 (Training Helicopter)
  • Sikorsky S-76C Spirit x 8 (Training Helicopter)
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