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First series-production Pampa III makes maiden flight

24 September 2018

The first production-standard FAdeA IA-63 Pampa III advanced jet trainer aircraft made its first flight on 21 September.

The Argentine Air Force is to receive three new Pampa III aircraft, with 18 older Pampa IIs being upgraded to the same standard. (FAdeA)The Argentine Air Force is to receive three new Pampa III aircraft, with 18 older Pampa IIs being upgraded to the same standard. (FAdeA)

The aircraft, serial E-824, is the first of three such aircraft due to be delivered to the Argentine Air Force (FAA) to augment its 18 older Pampa IIs. These Pampa IIs will, in time, be upgraded to the Pampa III standard, with the main work comprising the fitting of a full ‘glass’ cockpit.

This milestone marks the resumption of Pampa production after the last models rolled off the then-Lockheed Martin-owned line in 2008. A further 16 partially completed aircraft have been in storage since that time.

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