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Panamanian Public Forces aviation
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Country Panama
Service history
Role Air defence
Part of Panamanian Public Forces
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The Panamanian Public Forces Aviation is a branch of the Panamanian Public Forces.[citation needed] It is mostly a transportation force with many fixed and rotary-wing aircraft.

The only non-transport aircraft is the T-35. Most of the fleet is civil transport aircraft and the only war type is the UH-1.


Panamanian Public Forces aviation was formed in 1964[1][not in citation given] for transportation purposes. A single reported crash came in 1981. The Panamanian Air Force was the former name of the PPFA and had no involvement in the American invasion.[citation needed]


Panama Air Force Embraer ERJ-135BJ Legacy 600

Panama Air Force Embraer ERJ-135BJ Legacy 600.

US Navy 070901-N-1713L-013 2nd Lt. Hanz Zimmermann, a Panamanian T-35 pilot, stands near his aircraft after returning to Tocumen International Airport from maritime surveillance as part of the Combined Forces Air Combatant Comm

A Panamanian T-35 pilot stands near his aircraft after returning to Tocumen International Airport

Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Cessna 208 United States transport / utility 3[2]
Piper PA-31 United States utility 1[2]
CASA C-212 Spain utility / transport 3[2]
Embraer ERJ 145 Brazil VIP transport Legacy 600 1[3]
DHC-6 Twin Otter Canada utility transport 1[2] STOL capable aircraft – 1 on order
Bell 407 United States utility 1[2]
Bell 412 United States utility 3[2]
Bell 212 United States utility 3[2]
Bell UH-1 United States utility UH-1H 1[2]
MD500 Defender United States light utility 1[2]
AgustaWestland AW109 Italy counter narcotics 1[2]
AgustaWestland AW139 Italy counter narcotics 6[4]
Trainer Aircraft
T-35 Pillán Chile trainer 4[2]


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