FMA IA 50 Guaraní II

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IA 50 Guarani II
FMA IA-50B Guarani II.jpg
Role Multi-purpose aircraft
Manufacturer Fabrica Militar de Aviones (FMA)
Designer n/a
First flight 26 April 1963
Introduction 1966
Retired 7 January 2007
Status Retired
Primary user Fuerza Aérea Argentina
Number built 3 prototypes + 32 series aircraft
Developed from IAe 35 Huanquero

The I.A. 50 Guaraní II was an Argentine utility aircraft designed at the DINFIA (successor to the "Instituto Aerotecnico" - AeroTechnical Institute) in the early 1960s.

History[edit]

A twin-engined light transport known as the Guaraní I was developed from the Huanquero and first flew on 6 February 1962.[1] The design was a refined version of the Huanquero, keeping 20% of the structure and with an all-metal wing. The aircraft was further developed as the Guaruani II; the main difference was a single swept fin and a shortened rear fuselage. It also used the more powerful Turbomeca Bastan VIA turboprop. The fuselage was semi-monocoque with squared cross-section, and it had unswept wings and swept tailplanes. The prototype flew on 26 April 1963.[1]

Operations[edit]

The prototype Guarani II on show at the 1965 Paris Air Salon

In June 1965 the Guarani II prototype (serial number TX-01) was exhibited and flown at the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport, France). TX-01 was later flown to the CEV (“Centre d’Essays en Vol”, Air Test Centre) at Istres, France, for technical evaluation, where it was tested for a total of 200 flying hours. It was flown back to the FMA, Argentina in February 1966, being the first Latin American built aircraft to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.

Retirement from service[edit]

The last flying example, retired in 2006 at the II Brigada Aérea (IInd Air Brigade), at Paraná, Entre Rios, Argentina, is currently preserved at the National Aeronautics Museum ("Museo Nacional de Aeronáutica") of the Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina), at Morón, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Users[edit]

I.A. 50 Guarani II at the 1966 Paris Air Show

Specifications (IA 50)[edit]

Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1965-66 [2]

General characteristics

Performance

See also[edit]

Comparable aircraft

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b Taylor 1965, p.3.
  2. ^ Taylor 1965, pp. 3–4.
Bibliography

External links[edit]