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Axis Aircraft in Latin America

4 September 2017

Axis Aircraft in Latin America, Amaru Tincopa and Santiago Rivas, 2016, ISBN 9781902109497, 368 pp.

Axis Aircraft in Latin America by Amaru Tincopa and Santiago Rivas (front cover)

This is excellent work by the authors to bring Latin America’s aviation history to the English speaking world. Rich in facts and images, Tincopa and Rivas bring this exciting dimension of explorers as well as  military and airline entrepreneurs to the USA and the Commonwealth. Their use of Axis does not limit this enthralling material to the World War II years prior and post are also well addressed. Their use of Axis does capture the countries involved in the aviation efforts, or aircraft manufacture, of Germany, Italy and Japan. Yes…Japan. Who knew!

As readers are aware, Latin America covers a wide variety of hostile terrain with especially expansive rain forests and serrated mountains which offer little to none in the way of landing sites, especially before World War II in aviation’s Golden Age. This Golden Age had float planes galore flying, route finding, exploring using Latin America’s rivers—and the images in the book are plentiful, varied and intriguing in most cases. Aircraft types which rarely, if ever, flew in North America are seemingly as common as the local fauna in Central and South America back in the day. Readers learn of hardly heard of manufacturers such as Breda and Klemm, as well as how Argentina evolved nearly into a world influence in aviation design after World War II. Dornier, Fiat, Junkers, Focke-Wulf, Savoie-Marchetti, Caproni and others are also well represented. Absolutely fascinating is this book and it fills in the holes of aviation’s history we didn’t know existed to those of us who cannot read Español.

Tincopa and Rivas have the material organized quite clearly and logically by country and aircraft maker. Aviation routes are illustrated in a pair of beautiful maps in the beginning and appendices document individual aircraft as well as their pertinent details. Readers will want this book for its reference quality in regard to information as well as production quality. Readers will also desire this book for the chasm of history it fills for North Americans as well as those in the Commonwealth.

Axis Aircraft in Latin America by Amaru Tincopa and Santiago Rivas (rear cover)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 7 September 2017 02:41

    Interesin. C.202 on the cover?

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      17 September 2017 04:56

      I think you are right 😉

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