Since 2021, the San Fernando Air Festival has been working on the organization of air shows that culminate the program of activities of said festival for the celebration of the anniversary of the creation of Spanish naval aviation, with the presence of all the squadrons that make up the Navy Aircraft Flotilla and the Air Force Eagle Patrol.
Annually, coinciding with the week of September 15 (date on which the anniversary of the creation of Spanish naval aviation is celebrated), the exhibitions would take place in the following locations in the city of San Fernando:
San Carlos Heliport: Combined exhibitions of units of the Navy Aircraft Flotilla with the Marine Infantry Brigade (monthly exhibitions aimed at school students (capacity will be limited; places will be assigned to each center in order of request) ).
Ibero-American Municipal Stadium 2010: Combined exhibitions of units of the Navy Aircraft Flotilla with the Marine Infantry Brigade (exhibition held on the weekday closest to September 15; aimed at school students (capacity will be limited; places will be assigned to each center in order of request).
Camposoto Beach: Exhibition of the Eagle Patrol: During the weekend; Open to the general public.
Texto de la placa conmemorativa de la Aviación Naval Española, que la organización del Festival Aéreo de San Fernando tiene previsto establecer en el paseo Marítimo Bahía Sur:
Text of the commemorative plaque of the Spanish Naval Aviation, which the organization of the San Fernando Air Festival plans to establish on the South Bay promenade:
From this place you can see the Bay of Cadiz, a witness to our history.
The Air Arm of the Navy, constituted as the Spanish Naval Aviation on September 15, 1917 by Royal Decree of S.M. D. Alfonso XIII, was promoted in Spain from March 3, 1923, with the creation of an aeronautical industry that established its factory in Cádiz in 1926, which began its activity with the construction of seventeen seaplanes for the Military Aeronautics and twelve more for the Naval Aeronautics. This factory consisted of unique facilities in Spain, which were visited by King Alfonso XIII in 1930.
In 1932, the location of an airport for Cádiz on the Matagorda peninsula, in Punta de la Cantera, next to the current location of the Bahía Sur Shopping Center, and later in the Torregorda marshes, was assessed; it was finally built in Jerez de la Frontera in 1936, combining its military and civil use.
On September 23, 1953, the nearby Rota Naval Base began its activity, which led to the establishment of a Helicopter Group in its facilities in 1957, made up of the First and Second Squadrons of the current Naval Aircraft Flotilla. Navy.
As a historical legacy of the aforementioned events, the city of San Fernando has the honor of hosting in its Pantheon of Illustrious Sailors the mortal remains of Captain Pedro María Cardona y Prieto, first chief of the Spanish Naval Aviation; in its Naval Museum, an exhibition room explaining the history of the Spanish Naval Aviation, in which the Bell 47G5 helicopter of the First Aircraft Squadron is preserved; A Bell AH-1G Huey-Cobra helicopter from the Seventh Aircraft Squadron is also kept at the NCO School.
On the occasion of the organization of the first San Fernando Air Festival, our city dedicates this memorial to this promenade from which civil and military aircraft can usually be seen, taking off and approaching the airports of Jerez and the Naval Base de Rota keep alive the spirit of improvement that contributed to the development of aeronautical activity in the Bay of Cádiz.
San Fernando, September 15, 2023
Actividad subvencionada por la Secretaría General de Política de Defensa del Ministerio de Defensa