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    Published on 08-20-2014 05:32 PM
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    Bell 206L FAG-132. Photo: Guatemalan Air Force Photo Archive.


    Guatemala City, Guatemala, August 20, 2014 - According to unconfirmed reports a Bell 206L "Long Ranger", Guatemalan Air Force serial 132, has crashed in the Nentón, Huehuetenango, area. On board was the Army's Chief of Staff Gen. Rudy Ortiz Ruiz.
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    Published on 08-20-2014 03:42 PM
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    Waco VPF-7 of the Guatemalan Aeronautical Corps. Photo: Guatemalan Air Force Photo Archive via LAAHS.


    By Chuck Acree - LAAHS USA

    The Waco company was founded in 1920 as the Weaver Aircraft Company in Lorain, Ohio. The company always sold its products under the Waco nameplate (Weaver Aircraft Company = Waco) and, after being known briefly as the Advance Aircraft Company, changed its name to Waco Aircraft Company to officially reflect the trademark.
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    Published on 08-19-2014 12:59 PM
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    2. South American Aviation Articles
    Consolidated PBY-5A, Peruvian Air Force. Photo: Lewis Mejía's collection.


    By Lewis Mejía - LAAHS Perú

    It was faithful, and giving up was not in its vocabulary. Despite distances and storms, many learned to love it, and some even owe their lives to it. "Catacho" was the name given in the Peruvian Amazonas, to the PBY-5A Catalina, a strong hydroplane that by the end of the 1940's served with the "41 Escuadrón de Transportes" (41st Transport Squadron) of the Fuerza Aérea del Perú (Peruvian Air Force).
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    Published on 08-18-2014 10:28 PM
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    2. Central American Aviation Articles
    Lockheed F-5G-6-LO FAH-504 at Toncontin, Tegucigalpa, Honduras. (Photo: Fundación Museo del Aire de Honduras.)


    By Amado Aguiluz Ferrari - LAAHS Honduras

    After WWII, considerable numbers of high-performance aircraft became available in the U.S. civilian market, at very low prices. The Fuerza Aérea Hondureña (Honduran Air Force) -FAH- took advantage of this situation in order to modernize its fleet, which at the time was comprised of Stinson ‘O’ Seniors, Ryan STAs and a handful of Boeing 40s and 95s.
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    Published on 06-03-2014 12:14 AM
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    2. South American Aviation Articles
    Mr. Tomas Pullina and the Alguacil II. Photo from La Republica.


    By Wilman Fuentes - LAAHS Uruguay

    When an old friend of ours wants to tell us something, always begins the story by saying “First things first.” This coming August will be sixty seven years from the arrival of the first helicopter to Uruguay; it arrived as a “rare” thing, thought of as a solution by the Ministerio de Ganadería y Agricultura (Ministry for Agriculture and Cattle) and sponsored by the Aeroclub del Uruguay. The helicopter came from Argentina, and it had several presentations and exhibitions at the Angel S. Adami aerodrome, as well as the Base-aerodrome Capt. Juan Manuel Boiso Lanza.
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    Published on 06-02-2014 10:10 PM
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    Avro Vulcan XM597 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo via Rowland White.


    By Rowland White - LAAHS England

    In the early 1980s, as the Cold War entered its last decade, the focus of Britain’s defence posture was clear. The threat lay to the East against the massed ranks of the Warsaw Pact forces. Since the post-war withdrawal from empire, just a few global commitments remained. Places like Belize in Central America, where the RAF maintained a small Harrier force to deter Guatemalan aggression, and the Falkland Islands – 8000 miles from the UK, but barely 300 from Argentina, and the military dictatorship that maintained Las Malvinas rightfully belonged to them.
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    Published on 06-02-2014 09:27 PM
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    2. South American Aviation Articles
    Chrislea CH-3 Skyjeep, CX-AMR. Photo via Tabaré Ifrán.


    By Tabaré Ifrán - LAAHS Uruguay

    Rare and unique examples grace the Uruguayan National Aircraft Registry. For example, we can find amongst those registered, aircraft such as the Transland AG-2 crop-duster, of which only two were built in the United States, with prototype number one destined to go to Uruguay in 1962. Also amongst crop dusters, we find two examples of the Rawdon T-1SD, also with origins in the USA and registered in 1958.
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