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In the meantime a P-47N in FAG Scheme! Somewhere Guatemala c. 1954. FAG 0568 was a poss XPuerto Rican ANG c. 1954. Photo FAG via D.C

http://img265.imageshack.us/img265/5927/p47fag15pr2we.jpg

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Interesting shots, thanks :)

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PAA Sikorsky S-38 at St. Lorenzo Port. Southern Honduras. c. 1930s. Charles Lindberg made several flights on the S-38 surveying possible aerial routes in Central/South America. c. 1930s. Photo C/w.com

http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/5531/sikorskymdz0wn.jpg

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The beginnings of Cuban Aviation. Jose Marti Airport c. 1929. Via C/w.com

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p.s Aircraft in foreground a poss Curtiss-Robin.

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Douglas Invader B-26B FAG 420. Poss La Aurora. Guatemala. C. 1960s. Notice the "gull grey" scheme of this aircraft. Photo via D. Celada.

http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/4601/fag14fb.jpg

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F4U-4 FAH 614/Buno 96995, C/N 9149 in one of a kind gull grey scheme. c. 1970s. Toncontin, Honduras

http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/5686/fahgullgrey4zl.png

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Mexican T-32 Curtiss Condors confiscated at poss Veracruz, Mexico c. 1940s before being shipped to Europe. (Poss Spain).

http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/9480/mexcondors4pd.jpg

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Ecuador was one of the first latin american countries with Jets.

English Electric Canberra Mk-6 (1954)
Gloster Meteor FR-9 ( 1954)

Lockheed T-33A (1956)

Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star (1958)

ooooo, now you've got me excited... Those Metoer FR.9s have to be in 1967... thats a pic of the Ecuadoran Aerobatic Team the Aguilas.. Do you have any more of them? or larger scans and/or a clear shot of the emblem on the fuselage. I ask because they would make wonderful reference material for my profiles...

http://forum.keypublishing.co.uk/showthread.php?p=891433#post891433

only other shots I've seen of them are from the AF museum - and the aircraft have seen better days.

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Mexican T-32 Curtiss Condors confiscated at poss Veracruz, Mexico c. 1940s before being shipped to Europe.
Now there's something you don't see everyday! But shipped to Europe? In 1940? How odd... Where did they go, and what happened to them?

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Skyraider3D :o :

They were supposed to be shipped to trouble Spain via Mexico c. 1940s. But never made it. One did surface in the UK? and a few others in China. Soon you''ll see some Colombian, Honduras, Argentinian samples.

p.s The Latin American Wars book is being delayed untill Sept-06. It is packed with hundreds of photographs and war data of Latin Countries. It is worth waiting a bit!!

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Thanks for the info and for the heads-up on the book :)

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Goodyear FG-1D FAS 219 Buno XXXXX at Ilopango base c. 1965-66. This sample was 1 of 6 of the FAS acrobatic team.

http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/2701/fas2190ee.png

p.s FAS 219 was shot down by friendly fire near La Union port while returning from a border mission during the '69 100 Hrs War with Honduras. Cpt Echeverria was able to survive the ditching/crash. This fuselage is under apprx 200 ' of water off the coast of La Union, El Salvador.

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Skyraider3D:

The story of the FAG Ryans STMs 6 point star appears to have its origens at La Aurora, Guatemala, c. 1939. A former French FAG commander named Col. Henry Massot with connections to Israel decided to have a FAG star insignia similar to the Star of David painted on the 1st batch of Ryan on order at St. Diego Ryan factory.

Ryan Factory did not make a mistake since it was an specific request of the former FAG Commander Col. Massot.

http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/5614/ryansd3bq1nv.jpg

p.s As an additional note at least 3 of these aircrafts flew over Central-America in a goodwill flight c. 1939 displaying the 6 point star under their wings!

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Pictured below is a poss Bay of Pigs c. 1960 Vet. Guatemalan AF B-26 Invader #404 now resting at La Aurora, Guatemala. Photo D.C S/N: ?

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e315/ovni55/fag404.jpg

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Goodyear FG-1D FAS 206 Buno 96653 resting al Ilopango airport, El Salvador c. 1969.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e315/ovni55/fas206mdz6wu-1.jpg

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One of the many F4U-4s Buno 97XXX of the late Bob Bean Collection at Phoenix, AZ c. 1970s.
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North American P-51D S/N ? FAG 315 in one of many schemes used during service. c. 1960s. Photo via D.C

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e315/ovni55/fag315xxzz1.jpg

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A Nice looking P-51D fm S. of the Border. Guatemalan AF #336. La Aurora, Guatemala 6/2006. Photo D. Celada via c/w.com.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e315/ovni55/0vni55B/fag336.jpg

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3/4 Front view of P-51D FAG 336. La Aurora, Guatemala c. 6-2006. Photo D. Celada
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e315/ovni55/0vni55B/fag336front.jpg

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N.A P-51D FAG 336 in original scheme. La Aurora, Guatemala c. 1960s. Photo D.C
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e315/ovni55/0vni55B/f51336rearmandoen1955kf5.jpg