Tony Butler shares the story of the twin- engine I.A.e 30 Ñancú – and how it was too little too late for piston power
Following World War Two, many Italian and German aeronautical designers moved to Argentina for the chance to continue working in their chosen field. At the time the country’s aircraft industry was in a fledgling state. However, one prototype produced soon after the war was an advanced piston-engined fighter from the Instituto Aerotécnico( I.A.e), the I.A.e 30 Ñancú. The name was derived from an indigenous Patagonian eagle.