Brazilian demonstrators top-off Argentine foreign military traffic log
|Sunday 23 May 2010||Text by Carlos Ay under Spotting & research|
The most active location for the period was El Palomar (B.A.) air base, which started out by by being visited twice by the Brazilian Air Force aerobatic team’s EMB-312 Tucanos and their EADS/CASA C-295 hacks. First, they did so 18 through 22 March before appearing at the Experimental Aircraft Association Fly-In in General Rodríguez (B.A.) on Saturday 20. Next, they did so 29 April through 2 May for a two-day exhibition in downtown Buenos Aires and Argentina Air Fest 2010, the Morón (B.A.) open day, on 1 and 2 May. Aircraft involved included T-27s 1307/7 (March only), 1308/5 (April/May), 1326/2, 1327/4 (March), 1358/4 (April/May), 1360/5, 1371/1, 1381/6, 1434 (2 then 7), 1435/3 as well as C-295s C-105A 2800 (April/May) and 2807 (March).
In addition to providing a night-stopping location for the two Brazilian aerobatic visits, the base also logged Brazilian Air Force EMB-120 Brasilia VC-97 2010 on 20 May and probably the two most exotic visitors of the semester: Mexican Air Force Boeing 727s 3506 and 3507 (visited 17 May).
Demonstrating its international gateway condition and its spotting advantages, Buenos Aires “Jorge Newbery” airpark logged assorted military VIP aircraft such as USAF C-32A 98-0001, noted on 2 March, and Brazilian Air Force Embraer Regional Jets C-99A 2522 (4 March), C-99A 2524 (4 February) and VC-99B 2580 (4 February).
El Plumerillo (Mza.) and the Córdoba aviation school (Cba.) were also used by the Brazilian aerobats on their way in (March 23) or out (March 29) to Chile’s FIDAE 2010; while Bahía Blanca (B.A.) was purportedly visited by an as yet unidentified USAF C-130 Hercules and US Navy P-3C 162316 (call sign “Tiger 94”) between 18 and 21 May for exercise UNITAS LI (50th edition).
Santiago Cortelezzi, Ariel Haleblian, Martín Kubo, Gustavo Lepez, Julio Pérez Mugica and others whose names were withheld upon request contributed to this report, originally published by Aeromilitaria Argentina.