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  • portugal Esquadra de Transporte 552

    Força Aérea Portuguesa

    552 Transport Squadron
    Portuguese Air Force



    Esquadra de Transporte 552
    Also known as The Zangões (Drones), its primary role is to provide tactical transport and air assault support. It supports search and rescue and fire fighting operations, as a secondary mission.

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    News of Esquadra de Transporte 552

    Portugal Retired Alouette III, 29-Jun-20 : Portuguese Air Force retired the Alouette III helicopter after 57 years of service and 300,000 flight hours. They were replaced by the Leonardo AW119Kx Koala

    Portuguese Koalas in Search and Rescue, 11-Jun-20 : #Koala Portugal Air Force (FAP) new Koala helicopter from the Ovar airbase SAR detachment completed search and rescue mission in support of the civilian protection agency

    First Two AW119Kx Delivered to Portugal, 22-Feb-19 : #Delivery Portugal’s Air Force received the first two of five AW119Kx in a ceremony held at Beja Air Base. Rest will followed on early 2020. The new helicopter is replacing the Alouette III in service since 1960s


    1993/    Beja (BA11)LPBJ


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    2019/    AW119Kx Koala
    1978/20Alouette III

    Esquadra de Transporte 552 List of helicopters

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    C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
    1840 sa316b 1971 19383 : pictured resting in front of Squadron 552 hangar at Beja air base
    1917 sa316b 19401 : FAP, ex 9041; 1994 Esq 552; May15 still
    14959 aw119kx 2018 29701 : FAP d/d , Esq552; pictured (pic2) on official delivery ceremony at Beja
    AgustaWestland USA N677SS
    14960 aw119kx 2018 29702 : FAP d/d , Esq552; pictured on official delivery ceremony at Beja
    AgustaWestland USA N681SS
    14965 aw119kx 29703 : FAP d/d 03Oct19, Esq552
    AgustaWestland USA N674SH
    14966 aw119kx 2019 29704 : Koala first detachment for SAR at Ovar base, pictured (pic1) (pic2)
    AgustaWestland USA N670SH


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    17-jul-1331-jul-13 Hot Blade 2013
    04-jul-1218-jul-12 Hot Blade 2012

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