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    Published on 06-10-2015 12:28 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 06-08-2015 11:03 PM
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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 03:16 PM
    1. Categories:
    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 08:30 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 12:17 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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    Published on 06-01-2015 01:56 PM
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    2. South American Aviation
    IA-58As of the III Brigada Aerea leaving Rio Gallegos for the Falklands. Photo: Via the author.

    By Santiago Rivas - LAAHS Argentina
    (Edited and updated by the LAAHS Editorial Team)


    In early 1982, Lt. Roberto Címbaro was on his third year of assignment to the III Brigada Aérea (3rd. Air Brigade) of the Argentine Air Force, flying FMA IA-58A Pucará ground attack planes out of the Reconquista Air Base. However, his routine practice sorties came to an unsuspected end when in April, he and four other officers in his squadron, namely Captain Roberto Vila and Lieutenants Miguel Giménez and Héctor Furios, were ordered to head South immediately, to Tandil, the home of the IV Brigada Aérea (4th Air Brigade.) Since the high command didn’t explain what was the purpose of such impromptu deployment, Címbaro and his comrades assumed that it all was part of a training mission.
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    Published on 05-27-2015 04:58 PM
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    2. Mexican Aviation
    Four of the six North American AT-6B transferred to the Mexican Air Force in 1942, photographed at the North American plant in San Antonio, Texas. Photo: North American Aviation

    By Santiago Flores - LAAHS USA
    (Edited and updated by the LAAHS Editorial Team)

    The North American AT-6 armed trainers of the Fuerza Aérea Mexicana -FAM- (Mexican Air Force) earned the nickname Dive Bombers during the early stage of WWII, when German U-boats began attacking Mexican ships in the U.S. East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico. The rugged Texan, as the AT-6 was known, was operated by the FAM in anti-submarine and coastal defense missions from 1942 to 1945. In fact, there are reports that at least one U-boat was sunk by a Mexican AT-6B.
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