Fernando Matthei

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Fernando Matthei
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Birth name Fernando Matthei Aubel
Born (1925-07-11) 11 July 1925 (age 89)
Osorno, Chile
Allegiance  Chile
Service/branch Chilean Air Force
Years of service 1946 - 1991
Rank Air General SS.OO.1.- GDA.svg
Commands held 2nd Aviation Group(1963-67)

First Air Brigade(1970-74)
Combat Command of the Air Force(1974-78)
Commander-in-Chief of the Air Force(1978-1991)
Relations Evelyn Matthei

Fernando Matthei Aubel (b.Osorno July 11, 1925) is a retired Chilean Air Force General who was part of the military junta that ruled Chile from 1973 to 1990, replacing the dismissed Gustavo Leigh as Air Force Commander in Chief on July 24, 1978. He was part of the Junta from 1977 to 1990, retiring from the Air Force in July 1991.

Before becoming a junta member, Matthei was Minister of Health of the military government.

In October 1988, Matthei was the first Junta member to publicly admit that the regime had lost the referendum to elect Pinochet for a new eight-year presidential term.[citation needed] Later the same day, the government stated that the referendum result would be respected and that the 1980 Constitution path to democracy would be strictly followed.

2003 saw the publishing of the book Matthei. Mi testimonio, written by Chilean historians Patricia Arancibia and Isabel de la Maza, in which Matthei recounts his public life.[1]

In September, 2005, Matthei admitted in a television program that he "did everything possible so that Argentina would lose" the 1982 Falklands War with Britain.[2] There is no evidence that his actions actually influenced the outcome of that conflict.

Matthei was born among a community of German Chileans in Southern Chile.[3] Matthei is the father of Chilean senator and 2013 presidential candidate Evelyn Matthei.


Arancibia P. y de la Maza I. (2003) Matthei. Mi testimonio. La Tercera/Mondadori, Santiago.


  1. ^ http://www.patriciaarancibiaclavel.cl/libro16.html
  2. ^ http://www.spyflight.co.uk/chile.htm
  3. ^ Renz Heinrich, Rodolfo. "Recopilación de la Familia Matthei". Alemanes del Sur (in Spanish). genealog.cl. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Minister of Health
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Gustavo Leigh
Member of Government Junta
Succeeded by
Military offices
Preceded by
Gustavo Leigh
Air Force Commander-in-chief
Succeeded by
Ramón Vega