The Pucará Story
Author(s): Ricardo Caballero, Phil Cater
Illustrator: Ricardo Caballero, Fabián Vera, Bill Dady

Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: MMPBooks (December 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 8361421823
ISBN-13: 978-8361421825

The Argentine designed and built IA-58 Pucará light attack aircraft was developed in the late 1960s in response to a requirement drawn up by the Fuerza Aérea Argentina (Argentine Air Force). After a long developmental period the design went into series production in 1974. The aircraft remains in active service to this day, with the FAA and with several foreign air forces. Best known for its involvement in the Malvinas conflict (Falklands war) in 1982, the Pucará remains an effective and much appreciated warplane.

This book tells the full story of the design, development and operational use of the Pucará, including the many upgrades and redesigns tested and planned at various stages. Based on access to Argentine air force sources and archives, and discussions with serving and former Pucará crew, this is the first English-language book to describe this iconic aircraft in such detail.

Origin and Influences
Further Development & Exports
South Atlantic Conflict
Pucará in Uruguayan Service and Elsewhere
Post 1982 service & developments
Camouflage & Markings – plus notes for Modellers
Weapons and Stores
Preserved and lost relics.

The book is fully illustrated with many images, plans, and colour profiles that any modeller or aircraft enthusiast will find quite appealing. The authors have done an exceptional job with the research which in the end brings a very detailed and informative history of this aircraft. Any modeller that has a kit on this subject will need to have a copy of the book in their reference library.

Highly Recommended for those interested in Argentinian aircraft.

My thanks to MMP Books for this review copy.

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