Regional aviation icon and precursor of the modern Brazilian aeronautical industry, the EMB 110 Bandeirante aircraft celebrates 50 years of operation. The entry into service of the model took place on February 9, 1973, when the first aircraft was delivered to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), in a ceremony held at the Embraer factory in São José dos Campos, in the interior of São Paul. The first installment symbolized the realization of a strategic vision of transforming science and technology into a high-value industrial activity in Brazil. "The Bandeirante represents a great milestone for Brazilian aviation. Born from the dreams of visionaries like Ozires Silva, the aircraft played an essential role in the integration of Brazil and, year after year, proved to be a versatile, safe and capable twin-engine in all regions of our immense country. This model expresses much more than an aircraft successfully used by the Brazilian Air Force in the last 50 years," said Lieutenant-Brigadier Marcelo Kanitz Damasceno, commander of the Brazilian Air Force. He added that it represents a victorious association that gave rise to the largest company in our aeronautical industry, a source of pride for all Brazilians. “Embraer and the FAB have been strategic partners for a long time, and the Bandeirante represents the beginning of an important industrial cooperation. The aircraft was a milestone for the development of regional aviation throughout the world and the first commercial success of the Brazilian aviation industry abroad. Robust and versatile, the result of an innovative project for the time, the Bandeirante was produced in versions for civil and military use, and it fills us with pride to know that many units are still in operation today," said Francisco Gomes Neto, President and CEO from Embraer.
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