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| ENGINE||2 x 1050hp Pratt & Whitney R-1830-G Twin Wasp|
| Take-off weight||7200 kg||15873 lb|
| Empty weight||5340 kg||11773 lb|
| Wingspan||16.30 m||54 ft 6 in|
| Length||12.00 m||39 ft 4 in|
| Height||3.62 m||12 ft 11 in|
| Wing area||38.12 m2||410.32 sq ft|
| Max. speed||440 km/h||273 mph|
| Cruise speed||410 km/h||255 mph|
| Ceiling||10000 m||32800 ft|
| Range||1200 km||746 miles|
| ARMAMENT||4 x 12.7mm machine-guns or 4 x 20mm cannon, 800kg of bombs|
Dear Barry, maybe you ignore the fact that most of the Pucaras were destroyed on ground (there is not much an aicraft can do in such a situation...)
Also allow me to remaind you that doesn't care at all who win or loose a war to "show the teeth" as Lucho said before, the history is full of examples in where the looser showed the same as the winner...but you didn't knew that either.
I'm a Vice-Commodore for the Argentine Air Force. US Air Force Peeps call me a Wing Commander and the RAF peeps call me a Lieutenant Colonel. I flew one of these horrible aircraft in the test flights. This aircraft is unstable on all three axises. My best friend was killed in an accident in one of these. I hate them.
For a nice anecdote on this aircraft, read "Not much of an engineer", by Sir Stanley Hooker and Bill Gunston. Pages 107 to 116. Hooker, of Rolls Royce fame, went to Argentina trying to sell Merlins to the Argentine Government. From what I read Argentina was not as advanced in the design and manufacture of aircraft as they thought themselves...
So Lucho the Pucara "showed it's teeth" did it? Perhaps that is why so many were destroyed and repatriated as war booty to the U.K. Of course you have forgotten that the nation of Spanish speaking Welsh Italians called Argentina, that was founded AFTER the Falkland Islands was established as a British Colony, lost the Falkalnds War. That's right they lost.
|Lucho Carrasco, 03.11.2011|
Sure... it is a Radial-Mosquito, but without the strong war propaganda of the De Havilland's because differently to our 'Pucará' that showed its teeth in Malvina's War, this plane flew in peace times -- For us Latinamericans was a good plane servicing in the Fuerza Aérea Argentina for long time. Thanks. Lucho
FMA I.Ae.24 Calquin is 1946's plane, I think it's 1945 plane,this is polo person idea
|Roberto Grassi, 08.04.2011|
In fact, it was a copy of DH Mosquito made with local woods and using radial engines instead of V12; as a result it was much heavier than original Mosquito.
Só posso concordar que ele parece um mosquito e é muito imferior a tal.
I know we will build a plane that looks like and does the same job as a Mosquito, except ours will have a poorer performance all round.
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