Philippine Air Force

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The Philippine Air Force (PAF; ; Fuerza Aérea de Filipinas) is the aerial warfare service branch of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.wikipedia
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Armed Forces of the Philippines

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The Philippine Air Force (PAF; ; Fuerza Aérea de Filipinas) is the aerial warfare service branch of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
It consists of the Three Main Service Branches (The Army, The Navy (including the Marine Corps) and The Air Force).

Philippine Army Air Corps

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PCAC was renamed as the Philippine Army Air Corps (PAAC) in 1936.
It was the predecessor of the Philippine Air Force, created in 1947.

Clark Air Base

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As a result, a large US special operations force was formed and named Operation Classic Resolve, as USAF F4 fighter aircraft stationed at Clark Air Base patrolled above rebel air bases, and two aircraft carriers were positioned off the Philippines.
Clark Air Base is a Philippine Air Force base on Luzon Island in the Philippines, located 3 mi west of Angeles, about 40 mi northwest of Metro Manila.

Philippine Navy

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This order created the Philippine Naval Patrol and the Air Force as equal branches of the Philippine Army and the Philippine Constabulary under the now Armed Forces of the Philippines becoming Southeast Asia's third air force as a result.
The OSP was strengthened in 1947 after President of the Philippines Manuel Roxas issued Executive Order No. 94. This order elevated the Patrol to a major command that was equal with the Philippine Army, Constabulary, and Air Force.

Philippine Army

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This order created the Philippine Naval Patrol and the Air Force as equal branches of the Philippine Army and the Philippine Constabulary under the now Armed Forces of the Philippines becoming Southeast Asia's third air force as a result.
This resulted in the formation of the Philippine Air Force and reformation of the Philippine Navy as separate organizations after long years as part of the Philippine Army.

AFP Modernization Act

Subsequently, the legislature passed the AFP Modernization Act.
It was aimed to modernize all branches of the AFP such as the Philippine Air Force, Philippine Navy and the Philippine Army.

Naval Station Sangley Point

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The following years remained hostile for the Philippines, a series of bloody coup attempts led by then-Col Gregorio Honasan of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement, involved thousands of renegade troops, including elite units from the army and marines, in a coordinated series of attacks on Malacanang and several major military camps in Manila and surrounding provinces, including Sangley and Villamor Air Base, using the T-28 aircraft for aerial assaults.
It is now operated by the Philippine Air Force and Philippine Navy.

Air force

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The early aviation unit was, however, still lacking enough knowledge and equipment to be considered as an air force and was then limited only to air transport duties.
Both the United States Air Force and the Philippine Air Force were formed as a separate branches of their respective armed forces in 1947.

Danilo Atienza Air Base

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15th Strike Wing, Danilo Atienza Air Base - It has a basic function of providing air support to surface forces of the AFP.
Danilo Atienza Air Base is a military base used by the Philippine Air Force, located on the northern end of Cavite Peninsula in Manila Bay, Luzon Island, the Philippines.

710th Special Operations Wing

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710th Special Operations Wing, Colonel Ernesto Rabina Air Base - It is responsible for conducting special operations, counter terrorism, and defense of PAF bases and facilities.
The 710th Special Operations Wing is the rapid deployment force of the Philippine Air Force (PAF), which is divided into ten-man airborne attack teams as most of its members are airborne qualified.

Special Operations Command (Philippines)

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The following years remained hostile for the Philippines, a series of bloody coup attempts led by then-Col Gregorio Honasan of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement, involved thousands of renegade troops, including elite units from the army and marines, in a coordinated series of attacks on Malacanang and several major military camps in Manila and surrounding provinces, including Sangley and Villamor Air Base, using the T-28 aircraft for aerial assaults.
710th Special Operations Wing - The 710th SPOW is the Special operations unit of the Philippine Air Force handling hostage rescue and counter-terrorist operations.

North American F-86 Sabre

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These would be replaced by the jet-powered North American F-86 Sabres in the late 1950s, assisted by Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star and Beechcraft T-34 Mentor trainers.
The Philippine Air Force first received the Sabres in the form of F-86Fs in 1957, replacing the North American P-51 Mustang as the Philippine Air Force's primary interceptor.

Northrop F-5

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Since the retirement of the Northrop F-5s in September 2005 without a planned replacement, the Philippine air force was left without fighter jets.
(Following Skoshi Tiger the Philippine Air Force acquired 23 F-5A and B models in 1965.

William Hotchkiss III

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Lt. Gen. William K. Hotchkiss III
He became the 24th commanding general of the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

Lockheed T-33

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These would be replaced by the jet-powered North American F-86 Sabres in the late 1950s, assisted by Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star and Beechcraft T-34 Mentor trainers.
*Philippine Air Force (all retired)

Vought F-8 Crusader

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In late 1977, the Philippine government purchased 35 secondhand U.S. Navy F-8Hs that were stored at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona.
*Philippine Air Force

People Power Revolution

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On February 24, 1986 at the height of political struggle between the Marcoses and the Aquinos, the 15th Strike Wing defected to the Ramos-Enrile camp, taking their squadrons of S-76 “Sikorsky” that later dictated the EDSA People Power Revolution which effectively ended the Marcos rule.
Later, helicopters manned by the 15th Strike Wing of the Philippine Air Force, led by Colonel Antonio Sotelo, were ordered from Sangley Point in Cavite (South of Manila) to head to Camp Crame.

President of the Philippines

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The PAF became a separate military service on July 1, 1947, when President Manuel Roxas issued Executive Order No. 94.
The 250th (Presidential) Airlift Wing of the Philippine Air Force has the mandate of providing safe and efficient air transport for the President of the Philippines and the First Family.

Mount Pinatubo

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The F-8s were grounded in 1988 and were finally withdrawn from service in 1991 after they were badly damaged by the Mount Pinatubo eruption, and have since been offered for sale as scrap.
The eruption also irreparably damaged the Philippine Air Force's recently retired fleet of Vought F-8s, as these were in open storage at Basa Air Base at the time.

Blue Diamonds (aerobatic team)

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Blue Diamonds - 5th Fighter Wing, Air Defense Command
The PAF Blue Diamonds is the national aerobatic team of the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

Cesar Basa Air Base

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The Air Force Bases are Basa Air Base, Antonio Bautista Air Base, Benito Ebuen Air Base, and Lumbia Airfield.
Cesar Basa Air Base, or simply Basa Air Base (formerly known as Floridablanca Airfield), is an airbase currently operated by the Philippine Air Force.

Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base

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The following years remained hostile for the Philippines, a series of bloody coup attempts led by then-Col Gregorio Honasan of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement, involved thousands of renegade troops, including elite units from the army and marines, in a coordinated series of attacks on Malacanang and several major military camps in Manila and surrounding provinces, including Sangley and Villamor Air Base, using the T-28 aircraft for aerial assaults.
Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base, or simply Villamor Air Base, named for Filipino WWII pilot Jesús A. Villamor is the home of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) and shares runways with the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

North American T-28 Trojan

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The following years remained hostile for the Philippines, a series of bloody coup attempts led by then-Col Gregorio Honasan of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement, involved thousands of renegade troops, including elite units from the army and marines, in a coordinated series of attacks on Malacanang and several major military camps in Manila and surrounding provinces, including Sangley and Villamor Air Base, using the T-28 aircraft for aerial assaults.
*Philippine Air Force - 12 T-28A

De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver

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Traditional workhorses like the UH-1H choppers, L-20 “Beaver” aircraft, and C-47 gunships were mainly used in the campaign.
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North American P-51 Mustang

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The main aircraft type in the earlier era of the PAF was the P-51 Mustang, flown from 1947 to 1959.
These became the backbone of the postwar Philippine Army Air Corps and Philippine Air Force, and were used extensively during the Huk campaign, fighting against Communist insurgents, as well as the suppression of Moro rebels led by Hadji Kamlon in southern Philippines until 1955.