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BRAZILIAN AIR FORCE BASES - FAB AIRBASES

9)RECIFE AFB


The Brazilian Air Force had its own base at Ibura Airfield when it was created on 24/Jul/41. The same was activated on 23/Oct that same year. Initially the base garrisoned the 6th Aviation Regiment with aircrafts from Brazilian Army Air Corp.


The first buildings that formed the embryo of the base were those formerly occupied- by Italian LATI and Air France. Both were closed by the Brazilian Government. In that restricted area, Brazilian first air crew operated from a small gravel airstrip.


With the time the hard work made a substantial modification in dimensions and the facilities grew every day until it turned into one large complex with two distinct and independent bases; one Brazilian and the American operated by the US NAVY and US ARMY. The first aircrafts detached to operate were 6 Vultee V 11 GB-2. Brazilian Air Force used 57 aircrafts of several types. They were:



1 VC 65-B



2 NA 72



4 T6 B



3 A 28-A. They formed the 1ST GBM Grupo de Bombardeio Medio. (Medium Bombing Group)



15 PV 1 Ventura. 1st GBM Grupo de Bombardeio Medio (Medium Bombing Group)



15 Curtiss P 40, Models K, 14-M-1.



3 P 36 transferred from Fortaleza.



6 Vultee V 11G B-2



Brazilian Air Force operated in the area at the bottom left, where 2 aircrafts can be seen.


 

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