The Portuguese airforce on Friday (8 January) started to update its combat force of aircraft when the United States handed over nine A-7 Corsairs.
SV PAN Military officers look at an A-7 Corsair fighter aircraft in hangar with armaments laid out under fuselage and wins
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SV Officials and military officer talking PAN TO A-7 Corsair (2 shots)
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Background: The Portuguese airforce on Friday (8 January) started to update its combat force of aircraft when the United States handed over nine A-7 Corsairs. The planes are the first of a batch of twenty, which form part of an agreement reached with the United States in 1979. Under the terms, there is to be extension of the American lease of an air base at Lajes in the Azores Islands. The Portuguese Chief of Air Force, General Jose Lemos, called the delivery of the aircraft a strengthening of NATO's defence capacity. The U.S. Ambassador to Lisbon, Richard Bloomfield, said the aircraft are suited to Portugal's new role in NATO.