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AirForces of the World - South America

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WELCOME to the third edition of AirForces of the World, the series of air power reviews from the teams behind AirForces Monthly and AirForces Intelligence. Each year, our network of contributors and analysts work their way around the globe to bring you exhaustive coverage of the world’s air arms, region by region. The latest instalment puts the spotlight on South America, which comprises 12 sovereign states (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela).

Features include:

Last push for the Pucará
In a sad irony, the IA-58 Pucará may not be in service to mark this year’s half a century since its first flight. Santiago Rivas describes how its final operator is preparing for the rugged close air support aircraft’s last missions.

South America air forces update
AFM’s team of correspondents brings together the major stories from South America’s air forces over the last 12 months.

Argentine Air Force on ice
Each year, units of the Argentine Air Force head to the Patagonian Andes to practise flying in an environment that closely simulates operations in the Antarctic. Horacio J Clariá joined them.

Jungle lions at 30
Yissachar Ruas reports from Palanquero air base as AFOTW flies with the upgraded Kfir fighters of the Colombian Air Force’s Escuadrón de Combate 111.

and much more!