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The Kuwaiti Skyhawks were selected by Brazil because of low flight time, excellent physical condition, and a favorable price tag. Re-designated AF-1 and AF-1A Falcõnes (Hawks), the ex-Kuwaiti Skyhawks arrived in Brazil in early September 1998 and were placed in overhaul maintenance status for significant upgrading. The upgrading program is continuing and AF-1 and AF-1A Falcõnes are currently operational in Brazil.
Initial training of Brazilian Skyhawk pilots was conducted in both Argentina and the United States, the latter by Training Squadron Seven (VT-7) at Naval Air Station Meridian, Mississippi.
On 18 January 2001, an AF-1 trapped aboard the Brazilian aircraft carrier Minas Gerais (A- 11) and later was successfully catapulted, making Brazil's fixed-wing carrier force operational.
To replace the aging Minas Gerais, Brazil purchased the surplus French aircraft carrier Fochon 15 November 2001. Renamed Saõ Paulo (A12), the "new" carrier received extensive refitting before becoming operational in 2003. Minas Gerais was decommissioned and retired that year.
APR 2009: Brazil is working to keep their Skyhawks current!
On Oct 9, 2013, at 20:20, "Carlos Lima" wrote:
My name is Carlos Lima and I am an editor of the Brazilian Web Site, Defesa Aero Naval.
Some links to the latest:
Special report about the 97 Years of Brazilian Naval Aviation - The VF1 Squadron (it has a summary of the items upgraded in the Brazilian A-4s)
First pictures of the Upgraded A-4 for the Brazilian Navy during its roll out.
First Flight of the Upgraded A-4 for the Brazilian Navy.
VF-1 Celebrates 15 years with commemorative livery - The "Hawk" is due to the code name the A-4 has in the Brazilian Navy "Falcões" (Hawks).
Exclusive Video - 15 years of the VF-1 Squadron in Brazil.
2013/09/29/ Pintura Commemortive.
Brazil Navy VF-1 Hawks
Kuwait/Brazil A-4KU/AF-1 BuNos
160180, 160181, 160183, 160186, 160188, 160189 160190,
160192, 160193, 160195, 160196, 160197, 160198, 160199,
160201, 160202, 160203, 160204, 160205, 160206
Kuwait/Brazil TA-4KU/AF-1A BuNos
160212, 160213, 160215