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Escuadrón I de Ataque

 

Role: Attack.


The unit was formed in 10.1974 as Grupo de Tareas Pucará and became operational as Escuadrón I de Ataque on 20.8.1975, when the first two Pucará (A-501,A-502) arrived at BAM Reconquista. One aircraft followed the same year (A-503), while two aircraft were delivered in 1976 (A-504,A-505). In 1977 four IA 58 were delivered (A-506,A-508,A-509(1),A-510). In 1978 thirteen Pucará (A-507,A-509(2),A-511-A-517,A-519,A-520,A-522,A-523) joint the unit, which was then organised as shown below.

 

During the Beagle Conflict the unit deployed two Escuadrónes Aeromóviles to BAM Santa Cruz and BAM Fuerte General Roca. During 1979 the squadron received ten new aircraft (A-524,A-526,A-526,A-528,A-529,A-531-A-536), two additional IA 58A (A-537,A-538) in 12.1979. The unit was disbanded in 1981, when Grupo 3 de Ataque was formed.

 

 

1° Escuadrilla Operativa

Role: Attack.

No unit history known.

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
FMA I.A. 58A Pucará 32 1975 - 1981

A-501-A-503,A-505-A-518,A-520,

A-522-A-524,A-526-A-529,A-531-A-538

 

 

2° Escuadrilla Instrucción

Role: Attack/Training.

No unit history known.

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
FMA I.A. 58A Pucará 32 1975 - 1981

A-501-A-503,A-505-A-518,A-520,

A-522-A-524,A-526-A-529,A-531-A-538

 

3° Escuadrilla Instrucción

Role: Attack/Training.

No unit history known.

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
FMA I.A. 58A Pucará 32 1975 - 1981

A-501-A-503,A-505-A-518,A-520,

A-522-A-524,A-526-A-529,A-531-A-538

 

Escuadrilla de Servicios

Role: Transport/Liaison.

No unit history known.

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
FMA-Cessna A.182N 2 1975 - 1981

PG-373, 374

Aero Commander 500U Shrike Commander 1 1968 - 1981

T-139

Douglas C-47B Skytrain

1 1973 - 1981 TC-36
FMA I.A. 50 Guarani II 1 1980 - 1981

T-119

 

Escuadrón Aeromóvil

Role: Attack.

The Escuadrón Aeromóvil was formed, during the Beagle Conflict, on 20.12.1978 with seven IA 58A (A-511,A-512,A-514,A-516,A-518,A-520,A-522), moved to BAM Santa Cruz and returned home on 13.1.1979.

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
FMA I.A. 58A Pucará 7 1978 - 1979 A-511,A-512,A-514,A-516,A-518,A-520,A-522

 

Escuadrón Aeromóvil

Role: Attack.

The Escuadrón Aeromóvil was formed, during the Beagle Conflict, on 20.12.1978 with eight IA 58A (AX-04,A-507,A-509,A-510,A-513,A-515,A-517,A-523), moved to BAM Fuerte General Roca and returned home on 24.12.1978.

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
FMA I.A. 58A Pucará 8 1978 - 1978 AX-04,A-507,A-509,A-510,A-513,A-515,A-517,A-523

 

Air Bases:

Base

Duration

Base Aérea Militar Reconquista/Reconquista

1975 - 1981

 

Unit Insignia:

 

Escuadrón I de Ataque

 

References:

  • FMA IA-58 Pucará (Juan C. Cicalesi & Santiago Rivas/Serie Fuerza Aérea Argentina Nro. 18)

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