Spanish Air Force CASA C-101 jet ends its role as trainer

Spanish C101 ends trainer role
SpAF CASA C-101 trainer jets get a farewell shower at San Javier Air Base, Spain.

Having logged over 285,000 flight hours, the CASA C-101 jet recently ended its role as a trainer with the Spanish Air Force. On July 29, 2022, the type made its last training flight at the end of the Basic Flight Course 2021-2022. A formation of 3 C-101s took off from San Javier Air Base at 11:20 am to carry out a final mission lasting 1 hour and 20 minutes. Before landing, the aircraft made a farewell flypast over the flight school.

The CASA C-101 (E.25) joined the fleet of the Spanish Air Force on January 17, 1980 with the delivery of the first four aircraft to the Basic School of the General Air Academy, becoming a reference point for Spanish military pilots.

Although the E.25 will pass its role to the new E.27 (Pilatus PC-21), it will still be seen in national and international skies. The iconic jet will continue to be flown by the Patrulla Aguila aerobatic team as well as being used during combag drills.

Spanish C101 ends trainer role

Spanish C101 ends trainer role

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Written by Matteo Sanzani
Images: Spanish Air Force

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