Galeão Air Force Base

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Galeão Air Force Base

Base Aérea do Galeão
Airport typeMilitary: Air Force Base
Operator Brazilian Air Force
Serves Rio de Janeiro
In use1941 – present
Commander Ten. Cel. Av. Saulo Valadares do Amaral
Elevation  AMSL 9 m / 28 ft
Coordinates 22°48′32″S043°14′37″W / 22.80889°S 43.24361°W / -22.80889; -43.24361 Coordinates: 22°48′32″S043°14′37″W / 22.80889°S 43.24361°W / -22.80889; -43.24361
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Location in Brazil
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15/333,18010,433 Asphalt
Sources: Air Force Base Website, [1] Brazilian Air Force [2]

Galeão Air Force Base – BAGL( ICAO : SBGL) is a base of the Brazilian Air Force located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is named after Praia do Galeão ( Galleon Beach), located in front of the original passenger terminal of the airport and presently the passenger terminal of the Brazilian Air Force. It was at this beach that in 1663 the galleon Padre Eterno was built.


It shares some facilities with Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International Airport.


The history of the Base begins on 10 May 1923 when a School of Naval Aviation was established near the Galeão beach. On 22 May 1941 with the creation of the Air Force Ministry in Brazil, the school became the Galeão Air Force Base and a terminal and hangars were built at the location and the runway extended. Those buildings still exist. [3] When Brazil declared war against the Axis on 22 August 1942, the aerodrome began to be intensively used by the Allies for military operations related to the World War II. [4]

With the end of the war, the increase of tonnage of aircraft flying on international routes and number of passengers, and being Santos Dumont Airport unable to handle all the traffic international flights gradually shifted to the site of the Air Force Base. Although it informally handled long-haul international traffic, services were however precarious and a decision was made to build a brand new passenger terminal, opposite the Air Force Base, across the runway. On 1 February 1952 the passenger terminal was opened and public and military services were separated.

After the completion of a new passenger terminal in 1977, the original public facility became the passenger terminal for passenger flights operated by the Brazilian Air Force. Since then it is informally known as Terminal do Correio Aéreo Nacional (Terminal of the Brazilian Air Force Passenger Services).


The following units are based at Galeão Air Force Base:

Subordinated to the command of the 5th Air Force (V FAe), which is dedicated to Transport Aviation:

Subordinated to the command of the 3rd Regional Air Force Command (III COMAR):

Additionally, the Batalhão de Infantaria de Aeronáutica Especial do Galeão (BINFAE-GL), an Infantry Battalion of the Brazilian Air Force that guards the Base, is also based at Galeão Air Force Base.

Accidents and incidents


The base is located 20 km from Rio de Janeiro downtown in the district of Governador Island.

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