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    Published on 11-11-2015 05:01 PM
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    2. South American Aviation
    The first prototype of the Bombi in its initial configuration. Photo: Author's archives.

    By Santiago Rivas - LAAHS Argentina
    Edited by Tulio Soto - LAAHS U.S.A.


    The FMA Ae.M.B. Bombi was the first and only bomber developed and locally produced in Latin America, one of the first works undertaken by Argentina's Fábrica Militar de Aviones (FMA.) It marked the end of the first phase of indigenous designs of the FMA and served until the arrival of the Avro Lancaster and Avro Lincoln.
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    Published on 11-03-2015 08:16 PM
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    2. South American Aviation
    PA-28R-300, the first prototype of the Pillán. Photo credit: Via the Author.

    By Germán Lüer - LAAHS Chile

    While it is true that the development of the T-35 Pillán has been extensively covered in the 25 years since the first prototype took to the air in March 1981, it is not less true that the first steps for this training aircraft -for which different configurations were tested- cause confusion when it comes to the specific identification of each of the prototypes and pre-production aircraft. In this article, the author takes a brief look at the history of the first incarnations of the renowned Pillán.
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    Published on 06-10-2015 01:28 AM
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    2. South American Aviation
    The FMA IAe-24 Calquin. Photo from the book "Alas de Peron."

    By Hernán Longoni - LAAHS Argentina

    Traditionally, it has been taken for granted that the “DL 24" Calquin (Royal Eagle in Mapuche language) is a derivative, a copy or was developed with inspiration drawn from the famous British DH 94 Mosquito airplane, and also that the Calquin was originally designed to be equipped with the Rolls Royce Merlin in-line engines, that the British airplane had.
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    Published on 06-09-2015 12:03 AM
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    2. South American Aviation
    Colonel Raul Banderas, when he was the Commander of Ala 21 de Combate. Photo: Via Fernando Garrido.

    By Fernando Garrido - LAAHS Ecuador

    The following is the transcription of an interview with Col. Raúl Banderas, Commander of the Escuadrón de Combate 2112 (2112 Combat Squadron) of the Ecuadorian Air Force -FAE- during the Conflict of the Cenepa in 1995. The author interviewed Colonel Banderas in 2006, while he was the Ecuadorian Military Attaché to France.
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    Published on 06-08-2015 04:16 PM
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    2. Central American Aviation
    Lockheed L-188CF HR-TNL on final approach to Toncontin. Photo: William L.B.J. Dekker

    By Carlos Rodríguez - LAAHS Honduras
    (Edited and updated by the LAAHS Editorial Team)


    The relationship of the Hondurans with aviation has been a long and fruitful one. As a matter of fact, the Hondurans can claim that the very first air service in Central America was established there in 1922, when Dr. T.C. Pounds, an oculist from New York, obtained a mail contract from the Honduran Government, and formed the company "Central American Airlines" in 1923. Two years later, Pounds brought an Aeromarine 39-L to the country and with it came a pilot, Sumner Morgan who became Pounds' partner.
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    Published on 06-05-2015 09:30 PM
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    2. Central American Aviation
    Sumner Browne Morgan posing before a Lincoln Standard. Photo: Sunny Morgan's collection via the author.

    By Carlos Rosa - LAAHS USA

    In the field of philately, there have been many exciting finds in which the story of the discovery is as exciting as the discovery itself. The story of the 1856 British Guiana comes to mind. Although this story does not involve the discovery of a rare stamp, it does deal with the unearthing of important philatelic material which, until now, was thought to have disappeared long ago.
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    Published on 06-04-2015 01:17 AM
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    2. Central American Aviation
    Col. Milton Andrade and ENAER representatives during the hand-over ceremony. Photo: Col. Milton Andrade.

    By Col. Milton Andrade - Salvadoran Air Force
    (Edited by the LAAHS Editorial Team)


    ENAER, the manufacturer of the T-35B Pillán, recommends that on long-distance flights, the little trainer should be accompanied by a larger support aircraft, carrying mechanics and spare parts, in order to resolve any kind of technical difficulties if encountered. However, the manufacturer expressed its admiration for the Salvadoran Air Force pilots when they decided to ferry their newly acquired airplanes to their country, without availing themselves with a larger support airplane.
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