One of the very few good things about Primo de Rivera’s dictatorship (1923-30) was its promotion of the development of the local industries. The R-III was a successful exponent of that policy. Designed by the engineer Eduardo Barrón from his previous R-I, this neat two-seat reconnaissance/light attack sesquiplane was powered by a Hispano-Suiza 12Hb. First flown in 1926, the R-III competed against that French best-seller, the Potez 25, in an Aeronáutica Militar contest. Both proved quite similar in performance so, naturally, the local product was ordered. A total of 110 units were built; Loring’s most produced design. Entering service in 1929, the R-III’s were retired in 1935. A very short career indeed.
National pride apart, the R-III’s clear “Fokker`s pedigree” is evident in this elegant aircraft. Seen here flying over the humble Loring factory. The state of Spanish aviation industry of that era is plainly evident in this lovely pic.
Photo: Archivo Histórico del Ejército del Aire.