Rotores de Portugal

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Rotors of Portugal
Rotores de Portugal
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Rotores de Portugal
Active April, 1976 to the Present
Country Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal
Branch Roundel of Portugal.svg Portuguese Air Force
Type Aerobatic team
Role Helicopter flight demonstration
Size 5 Officers
6 Enlisted
Part of Squadron 552
Base No 11 Air Base, Beja, Portugal
Aircraft flown
Helicopter Aérospatiale Alouette III

The Rotores de Portugal (Portuguese for "Rotors of Portugal") is a helicopter flight demonstration team created in 1976, operated by Esquadra 552 (Squadron 552) of the Portuguese Air Force, based in No 11 Air Base, Beja. They are the national helicopter display team of Portugal and use three Sud Aviation Alouette III.

In 1976, the aerobatic team Rotores de Portugal was created by order of the Air Force Chief of Staff (CEMFA) to represent the Portuguese Air Force in several festivals all over the country. The team operated for 18 years while integrated with the 102 Squadron Panchos, and flew a total of 41 demonstrations.

On the fifty-third anniversary of the Air Force, in 2005, the Rotores de Portugal were reactivated and integrated with the 552 Squadron, based at Beja Air Base.

The last performing of the Rotores de Portugal occurred in 2010, with the team being currently inactive. Meanwhile, the Portuguese Air Force initiated the deactivation of their remaining Alouette III helicopters, which are being replaced by a smaller number of AgustaWestland AW119 Koala.[1]

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Aircraft Origin Squadron Display Aircraft Dates
Sud Aviation Alouette III France Squadron 33 4 1976–1980
Squadron 102 2 1982–1992
Squadron 111 4 1993–1994
Squadron 552 2 2004–2005
Squadron 552 3 2006—2010

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