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British Combat Aircraft in Latin America

Santiago Rivas



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Hikoki Publications
01 August 2019
History; Military history; Air forces & warfare
This book covers the story of all the British military aircraft that served in Latin America since 1940. Though the presence of British combat types is now almost gone from the skies over Latin America, its legacy will last for a long time.

After World War II, Britain was happy to sell the most modern equipment to the region giving it an advantage over the United States, hitherto the main provider of planes to Latin American air forces. This was one of the main reasons why many air forces chose to buy British combat aircraft up to the 1970s.

In many countries Gloster Meteors or de Havilland Vampires were the first jet combat aircraft, while the Argentina's Avro Lancasters and Lincolns was once the most potent bomber force in Latin America. BAC Canberras had five South American operators, were the only jet bombers in use in the region and saw action several times. Combat activity by British types include Argentine planes used during the 1955 revolution and ironically Argentine Canberras in action during the Malvinas/Falklands War against British forces, Cuban Sea Furies over the Bay of Pigs, Peruvian Canberras in the conflicts with Ecuador, Chilean Hunters during the 1973 coup d'etat, Dominican Vampires, Mosquitoes and Beaufighters in internal struggles.
By:   Santiago Rivas
Imprint:   Hikoki Publications
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 297mm,  Width: 210mm, 
ISBN:   9781902109572
ISBN 10:   1902109570
Pages:   624
Publication Date:   01 August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Santiago Rivas specializes in Latin American aviation and defence matters, both historic and recent and manages the main defence and aviation archive in Argentina providing material for more than 40 magazines around the world. He has published 13 books in six countries and took part in many others.

Reviews for British Combat Aircraft in Latin America

Let's get to the point: anyone interested in the worldwide history of British aviation needs this spectacular study. Period. -- (09/23/2019)

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