One of thirty five Pucaras on strength with the Argentinean Air Force Grupo 3 de Ataque, prior to the Falklands conflict, the aircraft had amassed some 761 hours. Pucara A-522 was one of twelve Pucaras positioned out to the islands around 15th May 1982 to replace aircraft lost earlier in the conflict. Based at Port Stanley airfield for the remainder of the war, the aircrafts operations are unknown due to the frequent un-serviceability and cannibalisation of airframes, with no more than two or three aircraft being airworthy at one time. After the surrender, the aircraft was found at Port Stanley airport in a relatively undamaged state. On 6th September 1982 the aircraft was airlifted by Chinook onto the Contender Bezant in Port William and that day the ship sailed for the UK arriving at Southampton Docks on the 23rd of that month. A-522 was offloaded and moved by road to RAF Abingdon where it was allocated the maintenance serial 8768M in anticipation of it joining the RAF Museum store at St.Athan. Although the aircraft was moved by road to St.Athan on 25th October the maintenance serial was never applied and on 7th December the aircraft moved to the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton. Later some spares were removed from the aircraft to service another captured Pucara which was being flown by the Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment (A&AEE). Due to rationalisation of certain displays at the FAA Museum during 1994, the aircraft became available for loan and it was moved to NEAM during the summer of that year.


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