Topic: Lighthouse Tour
About airplanes and lighthouse trips... Aviation is an activity of which Argentineans are very fond of. Specially if one takes into consideration not only the incredibly pleasant feeling of flying but at the same time the possibility of enjoying from an alternative view of terrific landscapes. In this matter, our country has very much to offer.Just a few days ago, I checked an auction of a christening flight over Buenos Aires in one outstanding craft, it was an Acher Piper in great conditions. And not so much ago I found out about the history of Argentina in the production of airplanes. To my surprise this country was the first South American one to produce an airplane, and the very first -even in all Latin America- to begin to explore this fantastic field of aircraft design and testing. One very recent news, regarding this matter has also been an input for me to write this piece, which is the latest innovation of Aerolineas Argentinas, offering its passengers not only a deluxe plane but tailor made options for the business traveller who wants to be productive without stressing out. One of their jets has been specially adapted as a flying office, alike the private jets many businessmen around the world own, though unlike those, this is available to everybody who wishes to enjoy it.So, after reading about all this new to me information, I began to check local airports from which one could fly and discover the majesty of these lands from an other perspective. The result was encouraging, there are moreplane- clubs than I would have imagine. For you to figure out what I'm talking about, there are at least more than 3 clubs per province, and only in Buenos Aires there are more than 12.The beauty in this discovery -at least to me- is that a new way of merging my passions have resulted, for I can re discover the treasures the Argentinean lands have to offer -if you've had the chance of watching Motorcycle diaries, you'll know the kind of beauty I'm talking about- through means of flying in crafts which in themselves are a pleasure to those of us who love to fly. Even more it’s possible to test locally produced planes, as well as flying in superb antique planes too.
Wow! What an experience!!
Punta Medanos Lighthouse Argentina
Jose Ignacio Uruguay
Argentinean Jets, a treasure for plane collectorsIt is commonly known that Latin America is not worldly known for its technological productive input to the world’s market. Our strong pillar, were and most often are, prime materials. For our location it has always been what we best provide. However, there are some Latin American countries that have twisted this role quite a bit during the last 50 years. Argentina is most definitely one of them. During the early years of the government of Juan Doming Perón, out country entered the world of machinery production. First were cars and tractors. Not far after, just about time when II World War was over, the Argentinean government began to come up with a new area to discover: plane production. Because Argentina remained neutral almost till the end of the war, there were no many restrictions for scientists entry. The Argentinean government invited many French and German experts to work in this uprising local field. Running together with the epoch’s feel, Argentina began to work on it’s first locally produced airplane. Just to picture the importance of such political and economical turn made by the Argentinean government, its important to bare in mind the Brazil, the second largest and most important Latin American country began to walk though this productive path almost forty years later during the early 80s in a joint Italian-Brazilian venture to produce AMX. And with more than 40 years apart these are the only two South American nations to develop these kind of airplanes. The IAe-27 Pulqui was the first Latin American southern hemisphere jet to be produced. Before its public presentation in 1947 there were several unfortunate projects to be tested. The French Engineer Emile Dewoitine was the man of the hour. He –together with a group of gifted local technicians- worked on the development of the Pulqui at the Military Airplane Factory (FMA). Though this was just the early steps of an outstanding career, the result of this’ team hard work was just the plane’s prototype. Among the German technicians who worked developing the Argentine Jet were Kurt Tank, Dr. Thalau, Reimar Horten and Werener Basumbach –according to the local specialized magazine on Planes aerospace #556-.Developing a technological industry in a developing country is a very complicated task for the immediate economical and political needs give prime attention to the basic industries disregarding the improvement of these newest ones. That’s why when we go back in time to find out about the history of Argentine produced jets we find out that several outstanding projects had to be archived due to a lack of funds. Such is the case of the IA-48 that during the mid 50s was an extraordinary example of the hard work of these specialists. This jet was to be equipped wit two Rolls Royce Avon R.A. 3 of 2,950 kg of strength, 2 Nene 101 of 2,267 kg or 2 Bristol Orpheus Bor 2,200 kg under the wings, that would be delta ojival or gothic and was designed to reach March 2,2. The prototype production was fulfilled, however it was never to be industrially produced. The IA-37 would be the prototype model that would be industrially produced, though it’ll have to wait till 1984 when it was to be christened IA-63 Pampa. However hard were the conditions in which these encouraging technicians were working –because many of their projects were often cancelled due to funds reductions and economical and political changing conditions- their hard work and dedication paid off. Their contribution to the Latin American development was immense, and still is. At the same time, the added value of such incredible prototypes, blueprints and industrially produced planes is whatsoever huge within the collectibles world. For these are the first South American crafts ever, their value is proportionally as big as the impact they had on the local-Latin American Market back then.
Therefore, without a doubt, Argentina is one hot spot for those airplane admirers who wish to go through an unforgettable experience by visiting the precise locations these planes were made, tested and perfection at, as well as to enjoy them directly.