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