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Air Transport Wing 35


Air Transport Wing 35Squadron 351Squadron 352

 

On July 1, 1955, the 35th Air Transport Wing (ATW 35) was created. One year later, the first squadron of the ATW 35 was established and equipped with Douglas C-47 aircraft (DC-3). In total 20 aircraft served for the wing until 1959.
Same year ATW 35 received its first Douglas C-54 (DC-4) transport aircraft. During the year of 1963 also the first CASA C-207 “Azor” aircraft arrived at Getafe. By that time, ATW 35 comprised three squadrons, one of which was equipped with Azor aircraft (ini-tially eight and later up to twenty aircraft), the other two squadrons consisted of 15 DC-4 aircraft.

 

C 207 AzorC 212 Aviocarde Havilland Caribou

C-207 Azor                                                     C-212 Aviocar                                                de Havilland Caribou


In June 1975 the ATW 35 received the first CASA C-212 “Aviocar”. Between 1976 and 1977, all Douglas C-54 aircraft were withdrawn from active service and replaced with this new aircraft model. By replacing the Douglas C-54, ATW 35 changed its role from primarily logistics transport to combat transport missions.
In November 1981, the first five de Havilland Canada DHC-4 “Caribou” aircraft arrived from the United States. Just one month later, a new squadron was created with eight Caribou aircrafts. Four years later, the Wing phased out the Caribou aircraft being then permanently assigned to ATW 37.
From 1979 to 1991, ATW 35 conducted the Malabo operation (Equatorial Guinea) with Aviocar-aircraft. In 1989 and 1990, the aircraft provided also support for the contingent tasked with monitoring of the decolonization process in Namibia (UNTAG); it was the first mission a Spanish Air Force unit carried out under a UN mandate.

 

CASA CN 235

CASA CN-235


The year 1989 posed great challenges to ATW 35 and the entire Airbase, as the initial two new CASA CN-235 aircraft were delivered during the first weeks of the year. Four years later, the 23 Aviocar aircraft were taken out of service. Now it was solely the CN-235 to act within international missions: from the beginning of the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, CN-235 provided support to organisations such as NATO, the UN and the (W)EU. Army and Navy units under the UN mandate were supported with courier services, transport of personnel and cargo, MedEvac flights, etc. These tasks are still being performed.
Other missions of ATW 35 took part during the last years - including the Persian Gulf War in 1990 and 1991, air missions to East European countries during the years 1995 to 1997 in support of inspection teams under the CFE arms control treaty and the transport of some of the rescue teams which were flown to Turkey after the earthquakes in the summer of 2000.


At the end of 2001 the ATW 35 received the first aircraft of the new CASA C-295 model. In 2008 the last two C-295 were received, completing the template with 13 aircraft, currently in service. The last C-235 left the ATW 35 in 2010. The CN-235 fleet (20 aircraft in total) flew a total of 111.000 flying hours.
The ATW 35 is currently structured into two Squadrons, both with C-295: 352 SQN, with logistic transport role and the 353 SQN, with logistic transport as main role and Special Air Operations as secondary role.

 

Pictures: Spanish Air Force

 

CASA C295

CASA C-295



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