FMA I.A.58 Pucara
1969
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FMA I.A.58 Pucara

Development of the FMA IA 58 Pucara ground-attack aircraft began in August 1966 and led to the flight of an unpowered aerodynamic test vehicle on 26 December 1967. The first powered prototype, by then known as the AX-2 Delfin, and with two 674kW Garrett TPE3311/U-303 turboprop engines installed, was flown for the first time on 20 August 1969. Subsequent prototypes were powered by Turbo-meca Astazou XVIG engines and fitted to all production aircraft. A cantilever low-wing monoplane of all-metal construction, the Pucara has what is virtually a T-tail, a retractable tricycle landing gear, and accommodation for a pilot and copilot in tandem on Martin-Baker ejection seats beneath a large transparent canopy. The initial production version, the IA 58A, flew for the first time on 8 November 1974 and first deliveries of 108 ordered for the Argentine air force began early in 1976 and continued until 1986. Six were also ordered for the air force of Uruguay. Forty improved IA 58B Pucara Bravos with advanced avionics and more powerful armament (30mm instead of 20mm cannon) were ordered for the Argentine air force in 1980 but were completed as IA 58As following the Falklands campaign. A single IA 66, a Pucara with more-powerful 746kW Garrett TPE331 engines, began its flight test programme in 1980 but did not proceed any further. Pucara production ended with a batch of 40 IA 58As built from 1986 onwards but no further sales were subsequently announced and they are believed to be in store as 'white tails'.

FMA I.A.58 Pucara


Specification 
 CREW2
 ENGINE2 x turbo-prop Turb. "Astazou XVIG", 760kW
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight6800 kg14992 lb
    Empty weight4037 kg8900 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan14.5 m48 ft 7 in
    Length14.3 m47 ft 11 in
    Height5.4 m18 ft 9 in
    Wing area30.3 m2326.15 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed550 km/h342 mph
    Cruise speed500 km/h311 mph
    Ceiling10000 m32800 ft
    Range w/max.fuel3400 km2113 miles

FMA I.A.58 Pucara

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Paul Scott, 28.03.2015

Amazing, intesting story about Rockerfeller Dr Croft!

Dr. Michael Craft Sr. D.D., 18.11.2014

The Pucara is a very nice plane and should be used in the "BUSH" against both armor of terrorist combat personal and all terrorist organizations at large! The Pucara is cheap to fly and can take off and land on grass or hard dirt! Jets can not use fresh ground! I was Nelson Rockefellers go to guy when he was Vice President and do know a little! My father had been 'Rocky's" bag man for years thus Rocky knew me as a youth! I know War, unfortunitely! I hate War! I love the Pucara and would like to say that it has 3 50 caliber machine guns that can fire in tandum, thus the Pucara can cut any opposition in two at will! It is a great terrorist combat plane! Thank You, Dr. Mike

THEBATTLEMASTER, 13.12.2012

Sorry forgot to give credit to all the countrys who helped us out in WW2. We would have failed if it wasnt for all the countrys we had. There was SO MANY countrys in the allies.

THEBATTLEMASTER, 13.12.2012

It is an alright plane. Still in use. I only say it is alright because I live in america lol. The U.S. used to be the best military in the world (we were able to take out germany, a super power). Now we only have the best Air Force our army is not the best. I don't know about the navy we might be the best.

Roberto Mendieta, 16.06.2012

Back in 1978, Nicaragua tested and considered buying the Pucara for its Air Force, instead they bought the Cessna 337 (Civil version of the 02), I believe that if we have had the Pucara at the time the story would have been different!!

trebosc, 15.05.2012

Bonjour,

Les hélices du Pucara étaient fabriquées par Ratier-Figeac.

guillermo, 27.02.2012

You will see good drawings in: airwar.ru

Mario D, 25.08.2011

que bueno hubiera sido una version con 2 pequeños turbofan algo asi como un mini A10

dashanya, 21.06.2011

What do we (modelers) have to do to get the kit companies to listen to us, to get a kit made of this aircraft ???? Thanks

, 21.06.2011

FMA I.A.58 Pucara

gabriel novaro, 13.03.2011

No se quejen, amigos argentinos. Que envidia su industria y qué buen uso le dieron en las Malvinas. Mexico, mi tierra, no pudo, los gringos nos forzaron a firmar un tratado que por décadas nos prohibio fabricar aviones (entre otras cosas, motores, etc) para sacarnos de la jugada y vendernos lo que quisieran. Uds no sabne la lata que es tener al país más poderoso del mundo justo tras la puerta!

Aero99, 12.02.2011

I thought FMA didn't make many aircraft. I was wrong.

Guillermo, 12.02.2011

This plane was designed originally for antiinsurgency (antisubversive) missions, not fot open air to air combat.
I think that in Malvinas they do much more than his originally function was.Perhaps they wasn't too much because the logistics was too poor.

lt.arbust, 07.08.2010

IA-58C PUCARA charlie version monoplaza proa modificada 2 cañones de 20mm y uno de 30mm

Thanatos, 02.08.2010

Also sold some Pucaras to Sri Lanka and Colombia. As for models, in Argentina there is a company which is called "Aconcagua Resin Models" that are manufactured in resin and are of excellent quality, very good details, completion and decals. The Pucaras are excellent aircraft that provided a great service in THE MALVINAS WAR. Sorry if the translation is bad, because it is made with google. Regards

Ron McDonald, 07.07.2010

There are several kits of this aircraft in 1/72: the aforementioned Airfix kit, the Special Hobby kit, and the Rareplanes vac-form. They all suffer from lack of underwing stores so you will have to raid other kits to get ordnance.

Joao, 30.06.2010

1 is in Duxford. 1 saw it yesterday. It misses some pieces because UK used it to complete another that flown for test.

Bob, 20.03.2010

During the falklands war the Britd captured one and took it back to England, I believe it's at duxford but don't know the condition

Jorge, 21.08.2009

I saw it fly in Argentina, very quiet, nice, very good aircraft for the time. It was flown on biofuel.
Remember that in Faklands the pilots were half trined and the ground support was conscript.
A very good successor of the Skyrider. Could be develloped.

Alberto Pagano, 22.07.2009

Its still in use in Argentina. Saludos

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