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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


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.