I.Ae.24 Calquín: Royal indeed.


This Argentinian “Royal Eagle” was a tactical bomber appeared just after the end of WW2. Obviously inspired by the iconic DH Mosquito, and also of wooden construction. It was also intended to be powered by RR Merlins, but the Calquín had to do with the definitely more draggy and less powerful Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasps. First flown in 1946, this chubby “Mosquito” proved to be a quite useful asset but also showed serious stability problems. Around a hundred were built and they served until 1960. Regrettably, fifty Calquín’s crew members died in the process.

Lovely artwork by Allan O’Mill. The Mosquito obvious connection explotes in your face here.


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