Brazilian Air Force receives first modernized T-27 trainer aircraft

Brazil FAB receives modernized T27
T-27M trainer aircraft receives a welcome shower during the delivery flight to the Brazilian Air Force Pilot Training Academy.

The Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira - FAB) celebrated the beginning of a new era in pilot training on Thursday following the delivery of the first four modernized T-27 aircraft. The aircraft took off from São Paulo Air Base (Base Aérea de São Paulo - BASP) with FAB officers on board, including the Air Force Commander, Brigadier Lieutenant Carlos de Almeida Baptista Junior.

During the ferry flight, the Commander sent a radio message to the cadets at the AFA (Academia da Força Aérea). "After more than three decades of flying the T-27, the best training aircraft ever built, I am privileged to offer you cadets, our future pilots, the very best in training. The plane you will receive has not been modernized, it has almost been redone. It now has an avionics system that can prepare you for all modern Brazilian Air Force aircraft," he said.

Brazil FAB receives modernized T27

Upon arrival at Ninho das Águias, where the AFA is based, the firefighters welcomed the first T-27M with the traditional baptismal bath, before proceeding with the official ceremony.

According to AFA Commander Brigadier Marcelo Gobett Cardosoil, the T-27M will exceed the Academy's air training standards. "Today, after 38 years of operation at the FAB, the Tucano is again delivered by the Commander of the Air Force, he flies an aircraft with an updated avionics system, which will allow us to adapt the flight instruction to the needs of the Brazilian Air Force of the 21st century," he said.

During the ceremony, Brigadier Baptista Junior underlined the importance of the work done by all those involved in the development and delivery of the aircraft. "Perhaps it is not correct to call it T-27M, because perhaps it is no longer our T-27, it has become a state-of-the-art aircraft. To get to this day, many people have worked. Congratulations, you will be better trained Eagles than we are," he said.

Written by Darren Bondi
Source, Images: Força Aérea Brasileira

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