Articles about the Cuban Civil and Military Aviation
The MiG-15 Fagot in Cuba Ruben Urribarres The first MiG-15 arrive at Cuba at the end of May of 1961, a month after Bay of Pigs. They were 20 MiG-15bis and 4 MiG-15UTI. With these equipment are formed the first two MiG-15bis Squadrons. Cuban Missile Crisis. Hunting the CIA ship Rex.
The MiG-17 Fresco in Cuba Ruben Urribarres The first MiG-17AS arrive at Cuba at the beginning of 1964, destined to Santa Clara. Its main mission was to fight as fighter-bombers. The MiG-17AS were a rare version with air-air missiles. In foreign campaign. Angola, Ethiopie, others countries.
The MiG-19 Farmer in Cuba Ruben Urribarres By the Missile Crisis in October of 1962, were in service 11 MiG-19P. This aircraft converts the FAR in the first Latin American Air Force with supersonics fighters. At the same time they are the first soviet interceptor with all weather capacity, thanks to its radar.
The MiG-21 Fishbed in Cuba Ruben Urribarres In total from 1962 to 1989 to Cuba arrives some 270 MiG-21 fighters in 9 versions, being the main combat aircraft of the country during the Cold War.
The Cuban MiG-21 in action (spanish) Ruben Urribarres Fight the enemy ships. Participation in Angolan and Etiophie Wars. Collaboration with Chile, Perú.
The Operation Pico (spanish) Ruben Urribarres The Cuban MiG-21 'attack' the Dominican Republic. An incident with a Cuban ship retained by the Dominican Republic in 1977, almost carries to a conflict between the two countries, resolved after the demonstration of power of various MiG-21 of the Cuban FAR over the neighboring country.
The Cuban Air Force in the Ogaden War (Etiophia) (spanish) Ruben Urribarres Somalia never recovered from the defeat in the war of the Ogaden in 1977-1978 at the hands of Ethiopian and Cuban armies. The decisive participation of the MiG-17 and MiG-21 Cuban in this conflict.
The MiG-23 Flogger in Cuba Ruben Urribarres This was the most important fighter of the USSR in the 70-80s, with their variable-geometry configuration and nuclear capacity. The appear in the FAR of these airplanes, considerably growed its attack capacity, which trembles the political circles in USA. The Cuban MiG-23 Crisis.
The Cuban MiG-23 in air-ground action (in Angola) (spanish) Ruben Urribarres Air support missions in the Angolan War, against the South African Army and the UNITA guerrillas. The Cuito Cuanavale victory, Attack of Calueque, others actions.
The Cuban MiG-23 in air-air action (in Angola) (spanish) Ruben Urribarres The Fighters that won the air Superiority in Angolan War against the South Africa Air Force, armed with Mirage F1 and Mirage-III
The MiG-29 Fulcrum in Cuba Ruben Urribarres The first 4th generation soviet fighter. The shoot down of 2 Cessna-337 of the the exiled organization Brothers to the Rescue Cessna-337 Cuban Air Force. Others aircrafts
Cuban built airplanes (spanish) Ruben Urribarres Without being an industrialized country, Cuba has made a modest effort in the field of the national aeronautical engineering, reflected today in this article.
The North American F-51 Mustang in Cuba Ruben Urribarres Arrival of the Mustangs to Cuba in 1958 on clandestine flights into the rebel territory. Membership in the rebel antibatistianos. His fate after the revolution
Cuban Air Force and Airlines Equipment Ruben Urribarres List of airplanes that were in service in Cuba. Cuban Air Force. Period 1913-1952. Beginnings
Birth of the Cuban Army Air Corp (1913-1924) Ruben Urribarres Historical beginnings - First airplanes in Cuba - The Aviation pioneers Parlá and Rosillo and the legendary "Flight of audacious" - The military aviation born - Some flights of the new aviation - The First World War - After the war. The first official airplanes - The epoch of the Curtiss Jenny in Cuba - The conspiracy of "Veterans and Patriots" and Rubén Martínez Villena
Audacious Flight of Rosillo and Parlá (1913) Ruben Urribarres The first international flight of Latin America, and world record of distance, made in 1913 over the sea by two Cuban aviation pioneers, in the epoch of the fragile airplanes and audacious feats.
The Cuban Air Force and the President Machado (1925-1933) Ruben Urribarres The Military Aviation Grows - New equipment acquisitions in 1927-1932 - The Curtiss Hawk and Vought Corsar - Lindberg strolls the President - Other illustrious visitors - The Aviation Military School - The events of Gibara - Other activities of the period
The Cuban Air Force and the Revolution of 1933 (1933-1938). Ruben Urribarres The Revolution explodes - Organization changes of the Aviation Corp - Some aviation actions in 1933-1934 - The quiet years 30 - Purchases of airplanes in 1933-1939 - Important Flights of the Air Corp in 1936-1939 - The "Cuban Eight"
The Trasatlantic Flight of Menéndez Peláez (1936). Ruben Urribarres The Cuban military aviator Menéndez Peláez, becomes in 1936 the first Hispanic that crossing the Atlantic Ocean from America to Europe, opening new air routes that later would be exploited with success.
Pan-American Flight "For the Columbus Lighthouse" (1937). Ruben Urribarres In 1937 the Cuban and Dominican aviators made this famous flight of good will by various countries of the continent, that finishes tragically, perishing Menéndez Peláez and six of their companions. In 1938 and 1940 the Aviation of the Cuban Army and the Cuban Navy repeat the feat.
The Cuban Air Force at the Second World War (1939-1945). Ruben Urribarres Organization changes of the aviation - Airplanes bought in 1939-1941 - Cuba enters the war - New airplanes for the conflict - The Americans landed in Cuba - The training programs increased - Accidents in the period 1943-1945
The Cuban Air Force: The Cayo Confites prosperity with their New Equipment (1947-1952) Ruben Urribarres Expedition against Trujillo - The airplanes of the Legion are confiscated - Results for the Air Corp - Promotions of the Aviation School and events of the period 1947-1952 - New airplanes and the first helicopters Cuban Air Force. Period 1952-1958. Batista's Government and Fidel's Revolution
The Cuban Army Air Force during the Revolution. The Cienfuegos Revolt (1956-1958). Ruben Urribarres September 5, 1957: The Naval Revolt of Cienfuegos and its consequences - New equipment in 1957-1958 - Promotions of the Aviation School in 1956-1958 - Accidents in 1956-1958
The Cuban Army Air Force against the Fidel´s guerrilla (1956-1958). Ruben Urribarres The hunt of the Granma yacht - The battle of Alegría de Pío - The Army´s offensive in May, 1958 - Operation "Antiaérea": Kidnap of Americans to stop the FAEC - The Battle of Guisa
The Cuban Army Air Force: last operations against the guerrilla (1958). Ruben Urribarres Last combats in Oriente and the Invasion to West - The FAEC seen by the guerrilla - Battle of Santa Clara - Problems of the FAEC in COIN operations - Batista´s escape and the remainders of the FAEC
The Rebel Air Force, the guerrilla aviation (1958). Ruben Urribarres First airplane to the Castro's guerrilla. Creation of the FAR. The FAEC against the FAR. Rebels Helicopter and bombs. Military Airplanes of the FAR
The Rebel Air Force operations against Batista (1958). Ruben Urribarres Attacks of the FAEC to the runway of FAR in Mayarí Arriba - Fidelist Mustangs - Attack to the headquarters of La Maya - Attack to Sagua de Tánamo - Operational Results of the FAR Cuban Air Force. Period after the 1959 Revolution, to today
Bay of Pigs: The Guatemalan connection Mario Overall With the recent declassification of a whole bunch of CIA papers dealing with the Bay of Pigs invasion, some obscure subjects are seeing the light of day. In this article the author takes us on a guided tour inside of a CIA secret airbase in Guatemala, known as JMMadd.
The Rage of the Furies Mario Overall This article deals with the operational history of the Cuban Air Force's Hawker Sea Fury Squadron, including its participation during the Bay of Pigs incident.
Che Guevara, Cuban Pilot Ruben Urribarres The Major Ernesto Che Guevara was a great aviation lover, and in Cuba he was graduated as pilot, flying more than 1,000 hours in different types of airplanes of tha Cuban Air Force.
Operation Carlota Gabriel García Márquez The Nobel Prize of Literature counts the beginnings of the Cuban military mission in Angola, the first secret flights of Cubans special troops to the African country in the legendaries Bristol Britannia, the cultural, political, and historic causes that move Cuba to the encounter of its African roots.
The Four engined Tupolevs in Cuba (spanish) Ruben Urribarres By 1962 the intensity of the loops between Cuba and the Soviet Union required that be to opened a direct air route, that beginning the gigantic aircrafts Tu-114. Later in Cuba were based the aircrafts Tu-95 and Tu-142 Bear of the VVS and the VMF of the USSR, whiles flights around USA would be some of the symbols of the Cold War.
The Ethiopian War (Ogaden)(spanish) Ruben Urribarres In 1977 Ethiopia is invaded by Somalia, and asks helps military to Cuba. As part of the military contingent military, arrive Cubans pilots, that fight together the ethiopian until the victory of 1978.
The Accident. The Shoot Down of a South African Mirage F1 by Cuban MiG-23 Arthur Piercy The September 27 of 1987 an air combat is produced in Angola between the Cuban MiG-23 and the South African Mirage F1, one of which was shoot down. Arthur Piercy, the South African pilot of this lost airplane, relate its own version of the event.
A SAAF Pilot Arthur Piercy Arthur Piercy, the South African pilot of the anterior article, count their Personal data and Flying Career. The Cuban Revolutionary Air Force Today.
The Cuban Revolutionary Air Force Today. General view. Ruben Urribarres Summary, organization, training.
The Cuban Revolutionary Air Force Today. Material situation and pespectives. Ruben Urribarres The FAR, today. Equipment, missiles, air bases, air defences, perspectives
Cuban Air Militaria Fighter Wings, badgets, helmets. Cuban Aviators
|Rogelio Acevedo Gonzáles||General. President of the Cuban Civil Aviation Institute (IACC)|
|Enrique Carreras Rolas||Division General, Bay of Pigs veteran, one of the FAR leaders|
|Julio Casas Regueiro||Division General, DAAFAR´s Chief in 1980-1987 and 1999-2000|
|Jaime Gonzáles Grocier||Captain, Pioneer of Cuban Aviacion|
|Rubén Martínez Puente||Brigade General, DAAFAR's Chief in 1987-1999|
|Pedro J. Mendiondo Gómez||Brigade General, DAAFAR's Chief from 2000|
|Antonio Menéndez Peláez||Captain, organizator of the flights Camaguey-Sevilla and Faro de Colón|
|Agustín Parlá Orduña||Captain, Pioneer of Cuban Aviation and the first Cuban Pilot|
|Rafael del Pino Diaz||Brigade General, veteran of Bay of Pigs and Angola, in 1987 flee to USA|
|Alvaro Prendes Quintana||Colonel, Bay of Pigs veteran, one of the FAR´s founders|
|Domingo Rosillo del Toro||Cuban Aviation Pioneer|
|Juan Luis Silva Tablada||Pilot of the Rebeld Air Force and Bay of Pigs|
|Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez||Brigade General, first Cuban and Latin American Astronaut|
|Mario Torres Menier||Captain, Air Corp´s Chief in 1925-1933|
The Cuban Civil Aviation Beginnings (1912-1930) Ruben Urribarres First steps - Flight of audacious - First Cuban airplane - Tropical Goliath - First fatal accident of the Cuban aviation - The first international flights in America and first contract of mail air United outside of States went toward Cuba - Pan American and Cuba - First flights of Pan American to Cuba - Lindberg in Havana - The main airport, Rancho Boyeros.
The Rise of CUBANA de Aviacion aircompany(1929-1945) Ruben Urribarres Rise of Cubana - The Second World War - Development of the Cuban aviation - What is new in the Cubana Company - World Integration
The Cuban Civil Aviation at the Post War time (1946-1958) Ruben Urribarres Decrees of the Government - New Cuban companies - Cubana, its routes and equipment - The State and the aviation - New equipment and routes of Cubana - The other Cuban airlines- Other events of the decade - International airlines operating since Havana at the 1958.
The Cuban Civil Aviation after the Revolution of 1959 Ruben Urribarres New times - The legendaryes Britannia - Cubana, the one airline of the country - Confiscated the airplane of Fidel - Bay of Pigs and Cubana - The new Soviet airplanes - Cuban in the Guiness - The seventies. Toward new continents - New equipment - The routes of the decade - Crime over the sea: The DC-8 exploited in Barbados.
The Cuban Civil Aviation in the eighties. Consolidation. Ruben Urribarres Aerocaribbean - New equipment - New routes of the decade - Mirages against Ilyushin - Changes in the headquarters - The nineties. Again the tourists and the western equipment - New politics - New airplanes - The Concord in Cuba - Dismal find - Black Week of Cubana - The American Embargo "Throwing him to the stars" - Reclamation of flights over United States.
The Cuban Civil Aviation: New routes of the ninetyes Ruben Urribarres Routes of today - Economic Results - Chronology of the Cuban airlines in the history.
The Cuban Civil Aviation: Equipment, airports, routes and colleagues Ruben Urribarres Equipment of the Cuban airlines - Airports: 11 international and 11 national - Routes of the Cuban airlines - Airlines with representation in Havana.
The Cuban Civil Aviation: Hijacked airplanes Ruben Urribarres Hijacked airplanes from Cuba to the United States before the revolution of 1959 - From Cuba to the United States since 1959 - Hicjacked from United States to Cuba.
The Cuban Civil Aviation: Accidents and terrorism Ruben Urribarres Accidents and terroristic Acts in the Cuban Civil Aviation, before and after 1959.
Historical reviews on all tanks that has received the Cuban army in its history, starting their first tanks in 1942
to enter the war against the axis, Batista tanks, armored Czechs and Soviets after the revolution.
The Cuban armoured units successfully in Bay of Pigs, Syria, Angola, Ethiopia, fighting enemies such as Israel,
South Africa and Somalia or the CIA.
Marmon Herrington CTMS-1TBI Dutch Three Man
M3A1 General Stuart
M4A3 (76)W HVSS General Sherman
M41 Walker Bulldog (CIA backed Brigade 2506, Bay of Pigs)
Olifant Mk.IA (South african SADF in Angola)
Eland (South african SADF in Angola)
Howitzers G5/G6 (South african SADF in Angola)