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Former Patrulla Aguila Solo Dies in tragic CASA C-101 Accident

The Spanish Air Force CASA C-101 crashed into the sea off the coast of La Manga del Mar Menor, in Murcia while practicing its display routine for the upcoming airshows.

Taken on Aug. 26, 2019 the tragic video in this post shows a CASA C-101 belonging to the Spanish Air Force crashing into the sea off the coast of La Manga del Mar Menor, in Murcia while practicing its display routine for the upcoming airshows.

According to European Airshow Council Facebook Page Pilot Cmdte. Paco Marin has died because in the accident.

Commander Marín was a component pilot of the Aguila Team until 2018 being the “Solo.”

Patrulla Aguila (Spanish for “Eagle Patrol”) was formed Jul. 4, 1985 and is the aerobatic demonstration team of the Spanish Air Force. It is based at San Javier Air Base, the same location of the Spanish Air Force academy, near Mar Menor and La Manga, in the Murcia region of Spain. Flying seven Casa C-101 Aviojets, they are the only team to use yellow smoke and are also known for their formation landings.

The CASA C-101 Aviojet is a low-wing single engine jet-powered advanced trainer and light attack aircraft. It is in service with the Spanish Air Force and other countries.

It was designed to replace the Hispano Saeta. Spanish aircraft maker CASA began work on the C-101 in 1975. MBB and Northrop helped with the development, and the first four prototypes flew in June 1977. The design followed that of other jet trainers such as the BAE Hawk and the Alpha Jet, but was less aerodynamically sophisticated, with an unswept wing, and it had limited weapons capability.

Photo credit: Peng Chen via Wikipedia

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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