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    Published on 05-21-2015 09:20 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. South American Aviation
    Bell UH-1H A-11 at the Nu-Guazu Air Base. Photo: The author.

    By Antonio Sapienza - LAAHS Paraguay

    On August 31, 1994, the Paraguayan National Police received its first helicopter, a Mil Mi-8 “Hip”, which sported the service's standard colors (khaki and white). This chopper was used intensively until it was severely damaged in an accident on November 24, 1994.
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    Published on 05-19-2015 12:59 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. South American Aviation
    One of the C-47s of TAME. Photo via the author.

    By Guido Chávez - LAAHS Ecuador

    Transportes Aéreos Militares Ecuatorianos, or TAME for short, was born as an initiative of the Ecuadorian Air Force -FAE- in order to make available to the people, an air service to cover routes to the country’s main cities, as well as to other places where due to the low demand for air services, other local airlines, like SAETA and SAN, didn't fly. It was thus, that in 1963, and under management of the FAE, TAME began operating as a state-owned company.
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    Published on 05-14-2015 03:22 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. South American Aviation
    Lockheed L-188 HK-777 of AeroCondor. Photo via the Author.

    By Jaime Escobar - LAAHS USA

    There is vague information that in 1959, AVIANCA was in fact evaluating and negotiating with Lockheed Martin the acquisition of 17 L-188 Electras as a result of an ambitious plan to replace their aging all-propeller fleet of Douglas DC-3s, DC-4s and Constellations. However, the Colombian flag carrier did not use this type of aircraft and decided to replace their propliners by pure-jet equipment in their international services and later in the domestic trunk routes, when the Boeing 727s were introduced in 1966.
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    Published on 05-04-2015 04:08 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Book Reviews
    Aviones Junkers en Bolivia - Book Cover

    By Jonathan Olguin - LAAHS Bolivia

    Late last year Mr. Mark Christie Wörner published what is probably the best Bolivian aviation book since 1983’s “Alas de Bolivia III”; originally planned as a biography of his grandfather, Kurt Wörner Pfund, an LAB mechanic who lived in Bolivia from 1921 to 1941, Aviones Junkers goes well beyond its original goal.
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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 Mexico

    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.
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    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 liaisons office in Mexico. ...
    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.
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