View Full Version : US Mercenary combat pilots, secret CIA wars, and the F-47

10-03-2006, 07:26 PM
I was reading about the P-47 in one of my books, and came across an interesting story, one of CIA intrigue, subterfuge, and world-changing secret events. The central character, it seems, is one "Jerry DeLarm," who led a group of CIA mercenaries in a secret war against Nicaragua, using US-supplied F-47s.

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(SPOILER: Interesting finale...in my book it says that when the owner of the Confederate Air Force came down to look at the aircraft for possible buying and restoration, it seems only one aircraft was in working order. However, there was no one available to test it and prove it's airworthiness, until an unshaven man appeared out of the jungle, hopped in, started it up, flew around, and landed it. Afterwards, he disappeared into the jungle, and was never heard from again. It was hypothisized that this was in fact Jerry DeLarm itself, and the aircraft was maintained especially for him.)

10-03-2006, 07:32 PM
Originally posted by UnknownTarget:
one of CIA intrigue

The biggest CIA's deception is actually convincing people that it is indeed Central Intelligence Agency .

(not trying to hijack http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif. Anyone else got the feeling of increased number of 'political' threads lately?)

10-03-2006, 07:42 PM
What a bunch of ***gy planes.

10-03-2006, 10:53 PM
*** P-26A of the Escuadron de Caza ***, as seen taking off from Campo de la Aurora AB, near Guatemala City, on 1 June 1954. Guatemala originally purchased two P-26As directly from the USA, in the late 1930s. These were supplemented by few ex-Panamanian examples, acquired in 1942 and 1943. The survivors were used foremost as trainers, but also as interceptors, until 1954: the last two were subsequently sold to the USA. Clearly, by the time they were hoplessly outlcassed even by C-47s used by the CIA-supported rebels. (Artwork by Tom Cooper)

Like C-47s, the F-47N Thunderbolts of the "Liberation Air Force" were also all left in bare metall overall, and carried only the matt black (or dark green) anti-glare pannel in front of the cockpit. The few available photographs also show them with cockpit framing painted in black. All traces of their previous owners - including the former USAF serial on the fin - were removed. (Artwork by Tom Cooper)

One of former Liberation Air Force F-47Ns was put into service with ***, as "0568" after the Nicaraguan dictator Somoza refused it, wanting to get F-51 Mustangs instead. For few years, this Thunderbolt served in Guatemala in this livery. (Artwork by Tom Cooper)

The *** acquired a total of seven F-51Ds in the early 1960s, and this number further increased later through the decade. The type was operated by the No.1 Fighter Squadron into the early 1970s, when the type was actually replaced by Pilatus PC-7s. (Artwork by Tom Cooper)

The *** operated a sizeable fleet (for Latin American proportions) of up to eight B-26s of different variants in the 1960s. Most of Guatemalan Invaders were "left-overs" from the CIA's operation for a counter-invasion of Cuba, in 1960, that ended with failure in the Bay of Pigs. Six examples were run through the "Project Wing Spar" programme in the Panama Canal Zone, in the mid-1960s, but the type was actually retired from service only two years later. Very little is known about COIN-operations flown by *** Invaders against various rebel organizations at the time. (Artwork by Tom Cooper)