Two Air Force planes in the Plaza de la Latina in Madrid

This coming weekend you can see two old Air Force planes in Madrid’s Plaza de la Latina, one of which is a Northorp / CASA F-5A fighter aircraft from the Cuatro Vientos Museum of Aerospace. They are part of the “Fly, Story of an Adventure” exhibition, a travel event dedicated to the history of Spanish military aviation that features explanatory panels and more than 20 models and other pieces, some with the Asset of Interest Cultural (BIC) cataloging.

It is an initiative of the City Council of Latina (City Council of Madrid) and the Historical and Cultural Service of the Air Force (SHYCEA), therefore the inauguration on February 12 was presided over by the Chairman of the Council of the District, Alberto Serrano, the chief of SHYCEA, Lieutenant General Rafael Sánchez Ortega . Until next February 26th, in the Paco de Lucía hall of the Latina City Council, the samples from the funds of the above-mentioned Army Museum of Aerospace can be seen. The Association of Friends of the Aviation Museum (AAMA), the Fundación de Aeronáutica y Astronautica Españolas (FAAE) and Aviadoras, an initiative of SEPLA, took part in the organization of the event.

Likewise, the F-5A Freedom Fighter double jet, restored in 2016, will be relocated near the cultural center, the other aircraft that will be on display has not yet been determined, but it could be a Spanish Hispano Aviación HA-200 Saeta Jet or one of the legendary ones North American (now Boeing) T-6G Texan trainer for internal combustion engines. The exhibition traces the story of those who saw since 1884 that heaven is fundamental to the defense of Spain. Thus the historical account begins with the posters and models of the material used by the military aircraft service in the late 19th century, which then depended on the Army Corps of Engineers.

Also on display are panels of the forerunners, the North African War, the decade of great flights in Spanish aviation, the post-war era, the creation of the Air Force in 1939, the agreements with the United States and the creation of the Ministry of Defense or the incorporation of Spain into the military structure of the NATO. At the same time, models of the most characteristic aircraft of that time are shown: Dornier DJ Plus Ultra, the civil war fighters Polikarpov I-16 (Republicans) and Fiat CR-32 Chirri (National) or the McDonnell fighter planes Douglas F. -4C Phantom II, Mirage IIIEE or the Eurofighter.

There is also no shortage of model transport aircraft such as the CASA C-212, the recently decommissioned Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules or the modern Airbus Defense & Space (DS) A400M. The opening times are Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Julio Maíz Sanz)

Photography: Image from the exhibition “Fly, Story of an Adventure” in the Sala Paco de Lucía of the Latina City Council (Photo: Julio Maíz / )

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