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45 Grupo de Fuerzas Aéreas

45th Air Force Group
45 Grupo de Fuerzas Aéreas
Active1956 – present
CountrySpain Kingdom of Spain
Branch Spanish Air and Space Force
TypeFlying squadron
RoleAir transport and air-to-air refuelling
Part ofGeneral Air Command
Home stationTorrejón Air Base
Motto(s)Cansándonos de acertar
(Spanish for 'Tired of getting it right')
AircraftSee Fleet overview
Flying hours150,000 (2009)
WebsiteWeb site

The 45th Air Force Group (Spanish: 45 Grupo de Fuerzas Aéreas) is a unit of the Spanish Air and Space Force responsible for air transportation of the Spanish royal family, the Prime Minister and high-ranking government officials. In addition, it also transports personnel and material on international missions of the Spanish Armed Forces.

The unit is based in Torrejón Air Base, 24 kilometres (15 mi) away from Madrid.

Fleet overview

Currently, the 45th Group fleet is composed by 2 customized Airbus A310 in service since 2003 and 5 Dassault Falcon 900 in service since 2004.[1] Since 2021, the Group also operates 3 Airbus A330 MRTT.[2]

Aircraft No. of Aircraft Introduced Notes
Airbus A310 2 2003 One is intended for transportation of the King and his family and the other for the travel of the Prime Minister.
Dassault Falcon 900 5 1988 Short range travel of the royal family and government officials.
Airbus A330 MRTT 3 2021 Transportation of personnel and aerial refueling.

Helicopters

Currently, the VIP transport by helicopter is not responsibility of the 45th Air Force Group but of the 402th Air Force Squadron within the 48th Wing.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Ejército del Aire - Organización - Unidades - Detalle unidad". ejercitodelaire.defensa.gob.es. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  2. ^ Revue, Avion (2022-02-27). "El 45 Grupo presenta las capacidades del nuevo A330 MRTT a la Ministra de Defensa". Avion Revue Internacional (in Spanish). Retrieved 2022-06-29.
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