Casimiro Montenegro Filho


Casimiro Montenegro Filho (29 October 1904—26 February 2000) was a Brazilian army and air force officer. He reached the rank of Marechal-do-ar, the highest rank of the Brazilian Air Force rank system.

Casimiro Montenegro Filho
Marechal do Ar Casimiro Montenegro Filho.jpg
Casimiro Montenegro Filho
Born29 October 1904
Fortaleza, Brazil
DiedFebruary 26, 2000(2000-02-26) (aged 95)
Petrópolis, Brazil
Allegiance Brazil
Service/branchBrazilian Air Force
(Air Marshal or Marshal of the Air)

Born in Fortaleza, Montenegro joined Realengo Military School in 1923, and in 1928 became an Aspirant in the Brazilian army's first class of aviators for its new Military Aviation Arm. He later served under Eduardo Gomes, another future Marshal of the Air.

In 1943, while a lieutenant-colonel, he proposed the creation of the Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica - ITA (Aeronautical Technology Institute) - and the Centro Técnico de Aeronáutica - CTA (Aeronautics Technical Center), later Centro Técnico Aeroespacial - CTA (Aerospace Technical Center) and Comando-Geral de Tecnologia Aeroespacial - CTA (Brazilian General Command for Aerospace Technology), nowadays the Departamento de Ciência e Tecnologia Aeroespacial - DCTA (Department of Aerospace Science and Technology).

Two years later, that proposal was translated into a plan,[1] with the collaboration of MIT Professor Richard Harbert Smith, who became, in the sequence, the first rector of ITA. Montenegro died in Petrópolis at the age of 95.


  1. ^ "Smith Plan (ITA/CTA). Site of FCMF - Fundação Casimiro Montenegro Filho (Casimiro Montenegro Filho Foundation)". Archived from the original on 2010-10-08. Retrieved 2010-05-27.

External linksEdit

  • Casimiro Montenegro Filho Foundation (in Portuguese)
  • Casimiro Montenegro Filho Biography (in Portuguese). CTA site.