Nicknamed ‘the Witch’, a Vickers Viscount that once belonged to a now-defunct Uruguayan airline has been the subject of a taxing volunteer restoration
On the morning of 20 November 1936, a de Havilland DH90 Dragonfly named San Alberto took off from Melilla aerodrome en route to Salto. In so doing, it kick-started operations by Primeras Líneas Uruguayas de Navegación Aérea (PLUNA), and made the first commercial flight in Uruguay. The brainchild of two brothers, Alberto and Jorge Márquez Vaeza, the airline operated for 76 years, until July 2012. Its closure came abruptly and amidst controversy, dealing a major blow to Uruguayan society.