Friday, September 2, 2016

Brazil 2016 - Centenary of Brazilian Naval Aviation

ISSUE DATE: 23 August 2016
STAMP SIZE:44 x 26 mm

“The Men of the Sea, in the Air!” 
In 1911, in a pioneering move inspired and driven by the Father of Aviation, Alberto Santos Dumont, the Brazilian Navy sent LieutenantCaptain Jorge Henrique Mooler to France for a pilot course, making him the first member of the Brazilian military to receive a brevet”. 
On 23rd August 1916, the Naval Aviation School was created, the first military institution in Brazil to teach aviation. As a pioneer, Naval Aviation stands out in the history of Brazil, being the first to fly with a President of the Republic in a Brazilian military aircraft and contributing decisively to the development of air routes on the coast, defending neutrality in international incidents, such as patrol operations during the First World War, the creation of Naval Airmail, the construction of aircraft and creating trained aviation staff. 

In January 1941, on the eve of Brazil entering the Second World War, Naval Aviation merged with its more recent Army counterpart to create the Brazilian Airforce, to which air bases, aircraft manufacture, aircraft and officials were transferred. 

In 1952, Naval Aviation returned to an independent existence with the creation of the Marine Aeronautic Board – DAerM, the mission of which was to maintain close cooperation with the Ministry of Aeronautics, coordinate related Brazilian Marine issues and deal with everything regarding Embarked Aviation. In 1955, the Aeronaval Instruction and Training Center (CIAAN) was created, initially housed at kilometer 11 of Avenida Brasil. After studies had been conducted, CIAAN was transferred, in 1961, to the city of São Pedro da Aldeia – RJ. This location was where the São Pedro da Aldeia Naval Air Base was constructed, finally inaugurated in 1966. 

The third phase of Naval Aviation began in 1965, with the exclusive operation of rotary-wing aircraft, a period characterized by great changes and pioneering work, especially with the establishment of embarked operations, much influenced by the arrival of Nael Minas Gerais (Light Aircraft Aerodrome), a large step forward in the neverending search for professionalization of aeronaval operations. Thus, complete naval aviation dominion of embarked operation with helicopters as well as with aerodrome aircraft, such as those with a small landing platform, was consolidated. 

Despite the operational maturity of our Naval Aviation, using only rotary-wing aircraft, it still lacked returning to that old dream of operating fixed wing aircraft. This dream was achieved in 1998, with the purchase of 23 A-4 aircraft, sending pilots abroad to obtain the necessary qualifications. Here began the fourth phase of Naval Aviation, marked by operation high-performance aircraft, based at naval aerodromes, power previously only attributed to the largest Navies in the world. 

The Brazilian Navy is proud of its Naval Aviation, always ready to fulfill its mission with competence and professionalism of those who paved the way to knowledge, overcame challenges and lifted off flights to develop aeronaval operations.



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