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FMA Pucara, No. A-522


The Pucara is a ground support and counter-insurgency aircraft used in various airforces around the world, most notably by the Argentinian Air Force during the Falklands War. There it was also found to be effective against hellicopters but vulnerable to 'Blowpipe' anti-aircraft missiles. This particular aircraft saw action during the war in 1982 and was captured at Port Stanley when that town was taken. It's armament comprised 2 x 20mm cannons, 4 x 7.62mm machine guns and up to 4,000 lbs of bombs or rockets.


North East Aircraft Museum, Sunderland, England. October 2004.

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