Elementos cedidos por um colaborador
do portal UTW
Foto cedida pelo veterano J. C. Abreu
John P. Cann, oficial-aviador da Marinha
norte-Americana na reserva, fez parte do gabinete do
Secretário Auxiliar da Defesa para Operações Especiais e
Conflitos de Baixa Intensidade e, depois, do gabinete do
Subsecretário de Estado da Defesa.
Doutorado em Estudos de Guerra pelo King's College, da
Universidade de Londres, tem publicado artigos sobre o
tema da contra-insurreição. Prestou também serviço no
Pentágono e no comando Ibérico da Nato, em Oeiras.
título: "Plano de Voo África - O poder
aéreo português na contrassubversão 1961-1974"
autor: John P. Cann
editor: Comissão Histórico-Cultural da Força Aérea
1ªed. Alfragide, 16Mai2017
"Flight Plan África"
(Portuguese Airpower in Counterinsurgency,
1961 - 1974)
"Flight Plan Africa: Portuguese Airpower
in Counterinsurgency, 1961-1974"
author: John P. Cann
publisher: Helion & Company
1st ed. Birmingham, 19Aug2014
Following the 1952 reorganization of the Portuguese Air
Force from the army and naval air arms, Portugal now had
an entity dedicated solely to aviation that would bring
it into line with its new NATO commitment. As it
proceeded to develop a competence in modern multiengine
and jet fighter aircraft for its NATO role and train a
professional corps of pilots, it was suddenly confronted
in 1961 with fighting insurgencies in all three of its
African possessions. This development forced it to
acquire an entirely new and separate air force, the
African air force, to address this emerging danger.
This is the story of just how Portuguese leadership
anticipated and dealt with this threat, and how it
assembled an air force from scratch to meet it. The
aircraft available at the time were largely castoffs
from the larger, richer, and more sophisticated air
forces of its NATO partners and not designed for
counterinsurgency. Yet Portugal adapted them to the task
and effectively crafted the appropriate strategies and
tactics for their successful employment.
The book explores the vicissitudes of procurement, an
exercise fraught with anti-colonial political
undercurrents, the imaginative modification and
adaptation of the aircraft to fight in the African
theaters, and the development of tactics, techniques,
and procedures for their effective employment against an
elusive, clever, and dangerous enemy. Advances in
weaponry, such as the helicopter gun ship, were the
outgrowth of combat needs. The acquired logistic
competences assured that the needed fuel types and
lubricants, spare parts, and qualified maintenance
personnel were available in even the most remote African
landing sites. The advanced flying skills, such as
visual reconnaissance and air-ground coordinated fire
support, were honed and perfected. All of these aspects
and more are explored and hold lessons in the
application of airpower in any insurgency today.