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Latin American Fighters

Latin American Fighters Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review July 2016 Title Latin American Fighters
Author Iñigo Guevara y Moyano Publisher Harpia Publishing, LLC
Published 2009 ISBN 978-0-9825539-0-9
Format 256 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $64.95

Review

Few regions rival Latin America for its astonishingly diverse, colorful array of warplanes since World War II.

And you instantly realize that when perusing Harpia’s exceptionally entertaining Latin American Fighters: A History of Fighter Jets in Service with Latin American Air Arms – available again from North American distributor Casemate.

Coverage courses alphabetically through 17 countries. And within chapters, author Guevara y Moyano logically segregates each by aircraft type – including purchase, service, losses, upgrades and history. Accompanying tables catalog corresponding quantities, subtypes, delivery dates and known serial numbers. “Fighters”, by the way, include armed trainers – like Lockheed’s T-33 and Embraer’s EMB-326.

With over 210 B&W and color photos, modelers and markings enthusiasts will especially appreciate this terrific tome. A helpful appendix even lists most – but not all – kits and decals available.

It doesn’t even demand sequential reading, either. I happily skipped from Argentina and Venezuela to Peru and the Dominican Republic – before consuming the rest. This encyclopedic effort utterly encourages sampling and savoring!

I loved Latin American Fighters. Harpia’s cool compendium promises endless enjoyment for military aviation enthusiasts. Now how about a companion volume on Latin American piston-engine fighters?

With thanks to Casemate for the review copy.

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