Aircraft Flyover Chilean Commemoration Day 2009

23 Mar

During my sojourn in Chile in 2009, apart from numerous adventures and sightseeing, I was fortunate to be there on their national commemoration day.

The Chilean commemoration day is much like Remembrance day or our Anzac day, except for one difference, apart from an Army, Navy and Air force display,

Incorporated is a display of all National government bodies, the Carabinierie , ( Police ),search and rescue teams and many other Para government organizations.

The Commemoration parade took over for hours to pass with the then President, Michelle Bachelet opening the parade, Michelle Bachelet was very popular, to the extent she was returned after one term as President again. In Chilean politics no President can stand for a second term, the winning party can still nominate another candidate, but not the outgoing Presidential candidate. This ensures a party is in power for four years, irrespective of being good or bad, pity that form of Parliamentary governance is not endorsed here in Australia.

However I am digressing there, back to the parade, the parade on the ground was spectacular, flamboyant floats, horses, motorcycles and spectacular displays of uniforms with a Bohemian background, yet all part of Chile’s history. The purpose of this post is to share one part of the parade, which was an aerial flyover of various aircrafts that are in use, and or, part of the history of Chile’s aviation past.

The flyover incorporated Helicopters, General small planes, Fighter Jets, cargo planes, Naval planes and many more that I certainly had not seen before.

My recognition of Helicopters and Planes is limited to my service in the Australian Army, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam. My recognition powers pertain to the Huey and Chinook helicopters, Huey gunships, and the Caribou and Hercules planes.

This post and pics may be boring to some, however I wish to share them, as I have a couple of followers on Word press, who have an interest in Military aviation, and aviation in general.

I will add for those who have an interest, that During the Pinochet regime, when the country was ruled by a military dictatorship, all weapons of warfare were designed and built in Chile, this included aircraft and ships, I believe that many of these aircraft are from that era, and have never been seen outside of South America before, except in exceptional circumstances.

The flyover was open to the public so don’t think I breached any National Security criteria for filming them.

Would be interested in what my friend on Word press, gp makes of the pics.

Kind regards to all and keep smiling




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18 responses to “Aircraft Flyover Chilean Commemoration Day 2009

  1. Sue Dreamwalker

    April 5, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Never boring Ian.. I used to go to Air shows in England.. and saw Concord when it did its trail run .. It billowed black smoke out .. Which obviously needed refining…. A wonderful Plane… Sad they scrapped it after the French air disaster .. Just think on the time saving to Australia 🙂

    • The Emu

      April 6, 2015 at 12:36 am

      I do recall you mentioning the Concord Sue, that was one big plane, reminds me of the time it took me to get to Chile, 14 hours non stop, then again there was no where to stop as it was all sea beneath the wings, it was certainly a scary thought, what made it worse that a few days prior to my flight there was a movie on TV called Miracle on the Andes, about a plane crash and survival.
      Hopefully next trip I will cope better.

      • Sue Dreamwalker

        April 6, 2015 at 8:30 pm

        I am sure you will be fine Ian.. Flying is much safer than driving.. 🙂

  2. giselzitrone

    March 28, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Einen schönen Samstag lieber Emu schöne Fotos von der Flog Show ein schöner Anblick.Wünsche dir ein gutes und schönes wee-kend lieber gruß von mir Gislinde

    • The Emu

      March 28, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      Wishing you a beautiful weekend too Gislinde.
      Hope its full of Love and enjoyable happiness for you.

  3. kcg1974

    March 25, 2015 at 5:49 am

    Such a spectacular sight to see! My father was in the air force when I was born and still talks of it today. How he would have loved to have seen this show of flight in the sky! Thank you for sharing. Awesome! 😊

    • The Emu

      March 25, 2015 at 7:36 am

      Your father would have enjoyed that airshow Kim.
      He must have quite a history and I hope he shares it with you.
      The sounds of planes overhead are breathtaking, and in the days of the second world war, definitely dreadful.

      • kcg1974

        March 25, 2015 at 4:48 pm

        Did not mean to mislead you, Emu. He missed deployment due to my birth, but he does love the planes and has told me many stories of his Air Force days. My father-in-law was a tail-gunner who keeps quiet on the subject to this day. He, too, would have enjoyed the air show, though. Thank you, again.

        • The Emu

          March 26, 2015 at 10:15 am

          Hi Kim, thanks for the clarification, but I did understand what you mean, I’m sure your father would have enjoyed the air show, maybe not so much your Father in Law, sounds like memories might still be a part of his life, Your Father in Law can only be called a Hero, Tail-gunners had the horrendous task that kept planes flying.

          • kcg1974

            March 26, 2015 at 12:57 pm

            So glad, Ian. Yes, I think my father-in-law is surely a “Hero.” Dark secrets flash briefly behind irises of blue. He’s very claustrophobic, won’t get into elevators or any small spaces…I know why. 😦 With the help of a saintly wife he conquered his demons to become a hardworking and loving father who raised nine, successful children. My own father read your blog and so enjoyed your post, particularly the photographs!!! Thanks so much, Ian!!

          • The Emu

            March 27, 2015 at 4:10 am

            It takes a very special woman to live with and love a returned serviceman, full credits to your Mother in Law, an unsung warrior in her own rights.
            My regards to your Father, and thank him for taking the time to read the wanderings of my writing mind.

          • kcg1974

            March 27, 2015 at 12:12 pm

            My mother-in-law was a ‘trooper’ in her own right. Tiny, under 5 feet tall yet the strength of ten men who ran a house and home while worshiping her husband and raising nine children. And, yes, I will tell my dad, Ian. He did love your post and often catches up on others who write about the air force. Loves the history! 🙂 Thank You!

          • The Emu

            March 27, 2015 at 12:25 pm

            Hi Kim, not sure if you have a friend of mine in your followers, he goes by the name gp, his story’s are all related to 2nd world war and aviation, they are very interesting, maybe your father and father in law might be interested,
            I leave his link for your perusal.

          • kcg1974

            March 27, 2015 at 3:04 pm

            Thanks so much, Ian. Awesome!

  4. RMW

    March 24, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    I’m glad to hear they never made it outside of South America… would not want to see them flying over my house! Surprised that they were all designed and built in Chile and not supplied by some world power… a couple come to mind.

    • The Emu

      March 25, 2015 at 1:39 am

      Good morning my friend, thank you for the visit and do hope you are well.
      I believe all Chile’s aircraft were made in country and not from world power sources.
      I think they have only been used in South American regions, ie, Peru, Argentine and allied countries.
      Kind regards

  5. prenin

    March 23, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    There’s a few I don’t recognise Ian, but it must have been a marvellous sight!!! 🙂

    God Bless my friend!!! 🙂


    • The Emu

      March 24, 2015 at 3:19 am

      Most of them are new to me mate, apart from one or two that remind me of Vietnam.


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