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 Brazilian Air Force' (Portuguese: Força Aérea Brasileira, FAB')


The Brazilian Air Force' (Portuguese: Força Aérea Brasileira, FAB') is the air branch of the Brazilian Armed Forces and one of the three national uniformed services. The FAB was formed when the Army and Navy air branch were merged into a single military force initially called "National Air Forces" in 1941. Both air branches transferred their equipment, installations and personnel to the new force.

According to the Flight International ( and the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Brazilian Air Force has an active strength of 77,454 military personnel and operates around 627 aircraft. The Brazilian Air Force is the largest air force in the Southern hemisphere and the second largest in the Americas after the United States Air Force.



current inventory

Active 20 January 1941 – present

Country  Brazil

Type Air force

Role Aerial warfare

Size 77,454 personnel (2013)

570 aircraft



570 aircraft



Attack  AMX International AMX

Electronic warfare  Embraer R-99 Learjet 35

Fighter  Northrop F-5 JAS 39 Gripen

Helicopter  Bell UH-1 Bell 206 Eurocopter EC725

Eurocopter AS332 Eurocopter AS355 Eurocopter AS350

Sikorsky UH-60 Mil Mi-24

Trainer  Embraer EMB 312 Embraer EMB 314

Transport  Airbus A319 Embraer 190  Embraer ERJ 145 Embraer 120 Boeing 767 Embraer 110 C-130 Hercules
CASA C-295 Cessna 208 Embraer KC-390

Tanker KC-130 Hercules Boeing KC-767

aviation quote

Why does the Air Force need expensive new bombers? Have the people we've been bombing over the years been complaining? George C. Wallace



"Asas que protegem o País

(English: "Wings that protect the country!"



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