Thursday, April 25, 2013

US Marines Tri-Motor aircraft, Nicaragua

A Marine Atlantic-Fokker TA-2 tri motor transport aircraft arrived at Managua, Nicaragua, in December 1927 to support the 5th Marine Brigade to quell a civil war there - the first sustained tactical airlift operation by any American military service branch.  The TA-2 could transport a load in 2 hours that would have taken a mule train 3 weeks to deliver.  (painting by Lt Col Albert Michael Leahy in the National Museum of the Marine Corps)

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