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The Base Aérea nº 6 is located close to the city of Montijo on the south bank of the Tagus River. It was officially put into service on 2nd January 1953 with the establishment of the “Sacadura Cabral Naval Aviation Centre”. After the reorganization of the Portuguese armed forces in the year 1952 all naval and army aviation units were placed under the control of the Air Force. Consequently Montijo became airbase No. 6 on 2nd of June 1954.

Today BA6 houses five flying units, the Esquadra 502 “Elefantes” with their brand-new Casa CN.295, a type that is currently in the delivery stage, the Esquadra 501 “Bisontes” with its Hercules C-130H and Hercules C-130H-30, the Esquadra 504 “Linces” with the Falcon 20 and Falcon 50 VIP transport aircraft, that however mostly based on the commercial airport Lisbon Portela, the helicopter Squadron Esquadra 751 “Pumas” with the Agusta Westland EH101, as well as the “Esquadrilha de Helicópteros da Marinha”, EHM of the “Marinha Portuguesa” with its 5 Westland Super Navy Lynx Mk.95. . . .

Read the full story at   : Lotnictwo September 2009 or Helico Revue Nr. 83

We would like to thank the Comandante da Esquadrilha de Helicópteros da Marinha Captain Jorge Costa e Sousa for the helpful support and warm hospitality during our visit in Montijo. Further we are very grateful to Lt Cdr Hugo Cabral, Public Affairs of the EHM for the supply of information and to OTL i.G. José Fernando Alves Gaspar, Portuguese military attaché in Berlin for the assistance at the organization of the visit.

by Jens Schymura und Timm Ziegenthaler

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Navy Lynx Mk.95 19202
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Nose Art on the Lynx 19202
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Take off
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overview over the BA6
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Ponte Vasco da Gama
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Ponte Vasco da Gama
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over the container port
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Praça do Comércio
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Forte de São Julião da Barra
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Castelo de São Filipe
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Christo Rei
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Base Naval de Lisboa
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Sandy beaches
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Cabo Espichel
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NRP Sagres
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Detail of Super Navy Lynx Mk.95
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Lynx over the Atlantic coast
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Rocky coasts
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cruising speed of 70 kts
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19203 braking away
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maximum speed of 311 km/h
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