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Argentina is a country with a rich aviation history. Air transportation has been instrumental in developing this large country, and in the fifties of the 20th century, Argentina developed its own aviation industry. The Malvinas (Falklands) War of 1982 once again highlighted the importance of aviation to reach the country’s strategic goals. As a result, retired aircraft can be found all over the country, reflecting history and inspiring future generations.

One of the best places to visit to taste aviation history is probably the Naval Aviation Museum in Bahia Blanca. This A-4Q Skyhawk is preserved on runway of concrete, similar in size to the carrier 25 de Mayo, from which it operated.

This P2V Neptune discovered HMS Sheffield near the Malvinas, which ultimately led to the demise of this Royal Navy destroyer. Understandably, the Neptune is regarded a prize exhibit of the Naval Aviation Museum.

Only one complete Aermacchi MB339AA is left in Argentina, and of course it has been preserved in the Naval Aviation Museum.

Before the delivery of the well-known P-3 Orion to the Argentinean navy, a number of Lockheed Electras were operated for long range maritime patrol missions. This example was upgraded for electronic intelligence duties and can also be found in the Naval Aviation Museum.

The city of Santa Fé honours its Malvinas veterans with the display of this EMB326 Xavante in the city.

The very rare IA-35 Huanquero was a locally designed reconnaissance aircraft of which only three are known to be left. This immaculate example is on display in the Air Force Museum in Moron.

Puma helicopters were intensively used by both sides during the Malvinas conflict. The Buenos Aires suburb of Malvinas Argentinas is where it has been put up for display alongside a OV-1D Mohawk.

The locally designed IA-58 Pucara gained fame during the Malvinas conflict. The only single seater developed, this IA-58C, is displayed near the gate of Rio Cuarto air base.

San Lorenzo is a city upstream along the Parana river, north of Buenos Aires. The local Malvinas monument features this Mirage IIICJ, the only Mirage derivative that did not participate in the conflict, but was used to defend the capital of Buenos Aires in the event of an attack.

Not many T-28 Trojans are left in Argentina. The airfield terminal of Santa Fé is guarded by this example.

Another local design is the distinctive IA-50 Guarani. It served the air force for many years, like this example which can be found just outside the small town of Crespo.

With so many Argentinians of Italian descent, no wonder business ties led to the purchase of Italian aircraft. This Fiat G-46 is one these, housing multiple birds in the Buenos Aires suburb of El Palomar.