FMA IA 58 Pucará: Subconscious Flattery?

Always a fan of these Argentinian ground-attack/counter-insurgency (COIN) aircrafts. One of those barely suitable aircraft flown by the Argentinians during the Falkland/Malvinas War. The Pucará suffered badly there, not even their brave crew could compensate the fact they’re fighting with an ill-suited tool for that kind of war. I “adore” (nice word choice here) two Pucarás’ characteristics seen in this gorgeous picture: the elegant Turbomeca Astazou XVIG engine nacelles and their fixed weaponry of four Browning MGs and two 20mm Hispano cannons. Curiously the same armament carried by the very-british Spitfire when equipped with a “B” wing…., ahhh, the irony.

Nice close-up of a Pucará in later years. Without its rear ejection seat and with that retractable “stirrup” out…, sorry looking.

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  1. Pingback: Dassault MD.320 Hirondelle: They can go to hell. | The Dreamy Dodo

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