T-6 1770 of Museu do Ar
T-6 1770 of Museu do Ar (photo A.Mimoso)

Aircraft inventory

To present a list of all the aircraft received and used by the Portuguese military aviation is always a task full of traps.

This because many details are still in doubt (exact types of older aircraft, delivery dates, numbers received, and so on) but also because for some facts the sources available are in conflict. However, again we stress that this list is what we consider the most correct according to the data we have collected from mainly official records and other sources.

Three aircraft lists will be presented :
 

There are still many gaps in what concerns the exact quantities of aircraft transferred from one service to another.
 

List of aircraft used by Arma de Aeronáutica 1912 -1952

Type of aircraft

Qty

Dates

Organization

Remarks

Maurice Farman Type 1911-1912 1 1912-16 Ministério da Guerra --
Deperdussin Type B 1 1912-16 " --
Maurice Farman MF-11 3 1912-17 " --
Farman F.40 5 1916-20 " --
Morane Saulnier Type H 1 1916- " --
Caudron G.III 58 1916- " 50 built from 1922 at Alverca.
Nieuport Ni-83 7 1917- " --
Caudron G.IV 9 1918-23 " --
Breguet 14A-2 28 1919- " --
Spad SVII-C1 12 1919-35 " Received more ?
Breguet 14T-2 1 1919- " --
Martynside F-4 Buzzard 4 1919-33 " --
Nieuport Ni-21 8 1920- " --
Nieuport Ni-80 3 1920- " --
Breguet 16Bn-2 1 1921 " --
Vickers Valparaiso II 4 1923-33 " --
Caudron C.59 1 1924- " --
Fairey IIID 1 1924-25 " --
Vickers Valparaiso I 10 1924-33 " --
Avro 548 AX Airdisco 2 1924-33 " --
Avro 504K 27 1924-37 " --
Dornier Wal 1 1927- " --
Potez 25 Bidon 1 1928-37 " --
Junkers W-34L 1 1928-36 " --
Farman F-191 1 1929-34 " --
Potez 25A-2 35 1931-43 " --
Morane Saulnier MS 130 1 1931- " --
Morane Saulnier MS 133 4 1931- " --
Morane Saulnier MS 233 15 1931- " Built under licence
Junkers A-50Ce Junior 1 1931-40 " --
Vickers Valparaiso III 13 1933-43 ? " Built under licence
DH-82/DH-82A Tiger Moth 111? 1934-1958 " Part built under licence
Avro 631 Cadet  1 1934-52 " --
Caproni Ca-100 Caproncino 1 1934-40 " --
Caproni Ca-113 Farfalla 1 1934-39 " --
Hawker Fury I 3 1934-45 " --
Avro 626 Tutor 31 1936-52 " --
Ju-52/3mg3e/ Amiot A.A.C.1 23 1936- " 10 in 1936, 3 in1952, 10 A.A.C.1 in 1960
DH-84 Dragon 3 1937- " --
Hawker Hind 4 1937- " --
DH-88 Comet 1 1937- " --
Junkers JU-86K-7 10 1938-1948 " --
Gloster Gladiator II 30 1938-1952 " --
Breda Ba-65Bis 10 1939-1941 " --
Curtiss 75A-4 Mohawk 17 1941-1945 " --
Miles Master II/III 13 1941-1958 " --
Miles Martinet T.T.1 7 1942- " --
Lockheed P-38G Lightning 1 1942-1945 " Possibly two aircraft
Supermarine Spitfire I 18 1942-1948 " --
Bell P-400 Airacobra 15 1942-1950 " --
Bell P-39L Airacobra 4 1942-1950 " --
Convair B-24/PB4Y-1 Liberator 6 1943- " Models not clarified.Interned during W.W.II
C-47 Dakota 27 1944-1977 " -First interned during W.W.II
DH Hornet Moth 1 1943 " Used in Moçambique
Bristol Blenheim IV 10 1943-1947 " --
Bristol Blenheim V 3 1943-1947 " --
Lockheed Hudson III/VI 3 1943- " Interned during W.W.II
Hawker Hurricane IIB/IIC 151 1943-1954 " --
Westland Lysander IIIA 13 1943-1952 " --
Vickers Wellington X 1 1943- " Interned during W.W.II
Airspeed Oxford 19 1943- " --
Supermarine Spifire VB 93 1943- " --
Miles Magister I 10 1946- " --
Beechcraft Bonanza 1 1947- " Used in Moçambique
Avro Anson T.1 10 1947- " --
T-6 Texan/Harvard 255 1947- " --
SB-17G Flying Fortress 5 1947- " --
C-54 Skymaster 9 1947-1978 " --
SC-54/HC-54 Searchmaster 9 1947- " 3 used for spares
De Havilland DH-89A Dragon Rapide 1 1950- " --
 
 
 
List of aircraft used by Força Aérea Portuguesa 1952-
 
DH-82 Tiger Moth 1952 -- Received from Arma de Aeronáutica
Ju-52/3mg3e & Amiot A.A.C.1 1952- -- Some received from Arma de Aeronáutica
Miles Master  1952- -- Received from Arma de Aeronáutica
Miles Martinet TT.1 1952- -- Received from Naval Aviation
C-47 Dakota 1952-1977 -- Received from Arma de Aeronáutica
Hawker Hurricane IIB/IIC 1952-1954 -- Received from Arma de Aeronáutica
Airspeed Oxford 1952- -- Some received from Arma de Aeronáutica and others transferred from Naval Aviation
Supermarine Spitfire VB 1952- -- Received from Arma de Aeronáutica
Miles Magister I 1952- -- Received from Arma de Aeronáutica
Avro Anson T.1 10 1952- -- Received from Arma de Aeronáutica
AT-6/T-6/Harvard 255 1952- -- Some received from Arma de Aeronáutica
SB-17G  1952- -- Received from Arma de Aeronáutica
C-54 Skymaster 1952- -- Some received from Arma de Aeronáutica
SC-54/HC-54 Searchmaster 1952- -- Some received from Arma de Aeronáutica
De Havilland DH-89 Dragon 1 1950- -- Received from Arma de Aeronáutica
DHC-1 Chipmunk 76 1951- -- --
Grumman G-21B Goose 9 1952-1960 -- Received from Naval Aviation
Piper L-18/L-21 Super Cub 27 1952- -- --
Republic F-84G Thunderjet 125 1952-1973 -- --
Grumman G-44 Widgeon 9 1952-1960 -- Received from Naval Aviation
Fleet F-10G 1 1952- -- Received from Naval Aviation
Beechcraft C-45/D-18S 15 1952-1977 -- The first ones received from Naval Aviation
Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan 6 1952-1977 -- Received from Naval Aviation
Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver 6 1952- -- Received from Naval Aviation
Republic F-47 Thunderbolt 50 1952- -- --
Grumman SA-16A Albatross 3 1952-1962 -- --
Sikorsky H-19 2 1952-1960 -- --
De Havilland Vampire T.55 2 1952- -- One not T.55 ??
Lockheed PV-2C/D Harpoon 42 1953-1975 -- Only 34 flown
Lockheed T-33A 28 1952-1991 --
Sud Aviation Alouette II 7 1958-1976 -- More received by Police Force (GNR)
North American F-86F Sabre 65 1958-1980 -- --
Canadair T-33A-N Silver Star 5 1959-1960 -- --
Hunting Jet Provost  1 1959-1959 -- Received FAP markings for demonstration but not bought.
Lockheed RT-33A 2 1960-1982 -- --
Lockheed P2V-5 Neptune 12 1960-1977 -- --
Auster D.5/108&180 76 1960-1976 -- --
Nord/HFB Noratlas N.2502/N.2501 29 1960-1977 -- --
Dornier DO-27A-3/A-4 149 1961-1978 -- --
Max Holste MH-1521 Broussard 4 1961-1977 -- --
Douglas DC-6A/B 10 1961-1978 -- --
Saunders Roe Skeeter 10 1961-1961 -- --
Cessna T-37C 30 1961-1992 -- --
Sud Aviation Alouette III 140 1963- -- --
Douglas B-26B/C Invader 7 1965-1975 -- --
Fiat G.91R/4------------------------- 40 1965-1993 -- --
Cessna 310B 1 1969- " --
Cessna 182C 1 1969- " --
Sud Aviation SA-330 Puma 13 1969- " --
Cessna 206 1 1969- " --
Piper PA-32 Cherokee Six 4 1970-1974 " --
Cessna 401B 1 1971- " Used FAP markings in special missions
Cessna 185A Skywagon 5 1971- " Received from S.African Air Force
Boeing 707-3F5C 2 1971-1977 " --
Casa C-212-100 Aviocar 24 1974- " --
Reims-Cessna FTB.337G 32 1974- " --
Fiat/Dornier G.91R/3 70 1976-1993 " Operated only 34.Others for spares.Exact numbers still not confirmed
Fiat/Dornier G.91T/3 26 1976-1993 " Operated 11.Exact numbers still not confirmed.
Northrop T-38A Talon 12 1977-1994 " --
Lockheed C-130H/C-130H-30 6 1977- " --
Vought A-7P Corsair II 44 1981- " --
Vought TA-7P 6 1981- " --
Fournier RF-10 4 1984 " --
Dassault Falcon 20 3 1984- " --
Lockheed P-3P Orion 6 1985- " --
ASK-21 4 1986- " --
Aerospatiale Epsilon 18 1989- " --
Dassault Falcon 50 2 1990- " --
Dornier Alpha Jet 50 1993 " Only 46 operated
Lockheed Martin F-16A Falcon 17 1994- " --
Lockheed Martin F-16B Falcon 3 1994- " --
Casa C-212-300 Aviocar  2 1994- " --
Blanik L-23  3 1996- " --
DHC-1 Chipmunk Lycoming engine 6 1997- " Refurbished from DHC-1
 
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