Along with Patrulla Aspa, Patrulla Aguila (English: Eagle Patrol) is an aerobatic team of the Spanish Air Force. Founded in 1985, the team fly seven C-101 Aviojets. The Spanish Air Force has sought to replace these with KAI T-50 Golden Eagles in recent years – the aircraft used by the Black Eagles – but the deal failed to materialise. Patrulla Aguila are based at San Javier.
Home base: San Javier Air Base
Operator: Air Force
Size: 12 aircraft (7 in display)
C-101 Aviojet (1985-present)
The first half of Patrulla Aguila’s display sees all seven aircraft performing formation aerobatics, before breaking down into smaller groups for the second half. The team generate mainly white smoke, but can also produce a limited amount of yellow and red smoke. A flypast with coloured smoke is generally flown as the finale of the display. The team is best-known for their seven-ship formation landings.