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    Published on 01-07-2015 02:54 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Mexican Aviation
    Curtiss C-46D S/N 33381, ex USAAF 44-77985. Photo: Luis Alfonso Flores Collection

    By Luis Alfonso Flores - LAAHS México

    Between 1945 and 1950 there were a large number of private operators who used the Curtiss C-46 to transport cargo in Mexico, one of them, "Aerovias Contreras", from Ensenada, Baja California, registered one on 21 November, 1947, this being a C-46A (s/n 26043) that was assigned the registration XA-GOT, and later used a second C-46 that was assigned the registration XA-JEB.
    Published on 10-17-2014 11:14 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Mexican Aviation
    North American B-25J BMM-3501 of the Mexican Air Force. Photo: Peter C. Boisseau via Gary Kuhn.

    By Mario Martínez - LAAHS México
    & Iñigo Guevara - LAAHS USA

    In March 1945, three North American B-25J-30 Mitchell bombers arrived in Mexico City and were placed in open storage under the care of the USAAF ...
    Published on 10-08-2014 03:52 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. The BombRun
    Mil Mi-17 FAS-321 (MSN 419M35)

    By Mario Overall - LAAHS Guatemala

    On July 30, 1999, during the celebration of the twentieth anniversary of Nicaragua’s Fuerza Aérea Sandinista (the Sandinista Air Force) -FAS- a flight of six helicopters Mil Mi-17, led by Major Guevara Onofre, was to make a low pass in formation over the runway of the Augusto César Sandino International Airport in Managua.
    Published on 09-29-2014 10:13 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Book Reviews
    Book Cover - A Servico Do Generalissimo

    By Mario Overall - LAAHS Guatemala

    A book about the “Trujillo’s Boys” was long overdue, and I’m really happy that it was my friend and excellent aero-historian Hélio Higuchi who took upon the task of writing it. And what a book he wrote! “A Serviço do Generalíssimo” is packed with seldom-documented historical details about the group of Brazilian combat pilots hired by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo in the late 40s, to man his impressive air arm.
    Published on 08-20-2014 03:42 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Latin American Aviation
    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.
    Published on 08-19-2014 12:59 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. South American Aviation
    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).
    Published on 08-18-2014 10:28 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Central American Aviation
    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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    F-51s of the Salvadoran Air Force during their ferry flight back to the U.S.

    (Video credit: Vlado Lenoch, via Tulio Soto.)

The Latin American Aviation Historical Society -LAAHS for short- is a not for profit entity, founded in 1997, aimed at research, preserve and disseminate the history of civilian and military aviation in each of the countries of the Latin American Continent and the Caribbean.
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