Topic: Flying & Airplanes
The History of Aviation in Argentina
The history of aviation in Argentina can be defined as an ever beginning story… We can trace the industry’s early stages from the early 1900s to 40s and highlight some kind of technological evolution, however the production numbers are not so different in a range of 40 years.
Why is this so? First and most important is that the reader understand the way the Argentinean industry evolved throughout history, always focusing on consumption goods, and secondly, but not less important, the Argentine production on technological goods was always much left behind regarding the international trend. So, little money, small markets and no extra incentives combined into stating the everlasting departure launch of the Argentinean Aviation history.
In 1915 we can see the germen to the modern 1940 airplanes; there were two aeronautical technicians Jorge Sfreddo and Luis Paolini who were in charge of repairing civil aircrafts in a workshop located in the outskirts of Buenos Aires. This base work inspired them to begin to develop their own craft. According to the archives in 1916 they are granted the license to produce what was known as the FMA 20 aka “el Boyero”, but this construction could never take place due to a series of complications of all matters that are never too clear to the outsider reader as ourselves.
The creative process within the field of aircrafts was never stopped; we can trace during the 20s a couple of interesting developments such as the T-1 Tucan built by the Univiersity of Tucuman. Though it’s important to state that these models of avant-garde were not to be commercialized or mass produced but function as a mean through which new technicians and professionals were going to be educated.
However the design was so innovative that when it was discovered by the American Air Forces, the technicians in charge were granted finantial aid in order to keep on experimenting with these sort of design projects. Hence soon after that they will build T2; a dual motor low wing monoplane… There were several other attempts in this field, though none was successful as a whole; they should all be conceived as stepping stones for future developments.
Nonetheless it’s important to highlight an institutional development that took place in 1926, that is the creation of the Military Plane industry that will be fully mature by 1970s when it begins to produce civil aircrafts through local industries such as Aero Boero as well as foreign licenses Cessna, Piper and latter on Robinson.
The 1980s were a decade of decadence to this industry in Argentina, from which we haven’t recover yet.
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