Spanish Team Celebrates Milestone At RIAT
Published: 26 Mar 2015
We have added the Spanish Air Force's Patrulla Aguila (Eagle Patrol) to the line-up of international aerobatic teams at the Royal International Air Tattoo 2015. Comprising seven Spanish-built CASA C-101 Aviojets, the team will be celebrating their 30th anniversary this summer.
The Patrulla Aguila's debut public performance was given at San Javier, the home base of the Spanish Air Force Academy, on 4 June 1985. At that time the formation was made up of five examples of the C-101, a jet trainer that has served the Spanish Air Force since 1980.
Soon it was expanded to a six-ship, and as such the Aguila made their British debut at the Air Tattoo in 1987, also staged at Fairford. The team has been a regular Air Tattoo participant ever since, notable for its impressive formation landing - something devised by the Aguila and since emulated by other teams. For 2015, leadership has passed to Comandante Rubén Pérez González, in his first season in the role.
The C-101 Aviojet, as operated by the team, is itself quite a rare bird. First flown in 1977, it has served with just three countries alongside Spain: Chile, Ecuador and Jordan.
Air Tattoo Chief Executive Andy Armstrong said: "I am delighted that the Spanish Air Force is making a return to the RIAT flying display this year, and we thank the air arm for its kind support. We are pleased to present the Patrulla Aguila in the team's 30th anniversary year."