In commemoration of its 70 years, the Natal Air Base (BANT) held the traditional event "Open Doors". In addition to static display of F-5, A-1 and A-29, P-3 Orion and C-95 Bandeirante, visitors could see the inside of a KC-130 tanker, and also take pictures in cockpits A-29 Super Tucano, the helicopter H-50 and AT-26 Xavante. About 5000 people attended the event, enjoying also the leap of paratroopers in the late afternoon. The Natal Air Base (BANT) was established in 05/novembro/1942 during World War II, housing, initially, several fighter units, and patrol bombing, among them the 2nd Fighter Group, with the Curtiss P -40. The western sector of the base belonged to the FAB, while the eastern sector was occupied by the Americans. In addition to the patrol missions in the South Atlantic, the Americans made a real air-bridge to the north of Africa, to supply the Allied troops. After the war, the Americans set out on their return to their country and the entire base was attached to the FAB. In February 1970 the base was closed for Natal, being disabled for a period of 19 years, was reactivated only in September 1989 in order to host the cot - Air Training Command. On 1/janeiro/2002, the cot was disabled and BANT was again activated. In 17/novembro/2005 I created the FA - First Air Force, based in Natal, Brazil, responsible for bringing together all operational training units. Bant is held periodically in the operation Cruzex, gathering strength areas of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, United States, France and Uruguay in a simulated exercise of war. Operation, the largest of its kind in South America, occurs in northeastern Brazil, covering the states of Ceara, Rio Grande do Norte, Paraiba and Pernambuco. Photos: Adrovando Claro.
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