FAA in Patagonia
Each year, units of the Argentine Air Force head to the Patagonian Andes to practise flying in an environment that closely simulates operations in the Antarctic. Horacio J Clariá joined them.
A small airfield in the village of Loncopué, in Argentina’s Neuquén province, close to the Chilean border, has played host to some unusual visitors. Last September it became the headquarters for the latest Glaciar (glacier) exercise, which prepares Fuerza Aérea Argentina (FAA, Argentine Air Force) units for missions in Antarctica. Training sorties launched from Loncopué included simulating airborne medical evacuation (medevac), carrying external loads, airdropping cargo, conducting tactical navigation as well as taking off and landing from ice runways.