|Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Honduras
Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Honduras
The aim of this website is to locate, identify and document Warplanes from the Second World War preserved in Honduras. Many contributors have assisted in the hunt for these aircraft to provide and update the data on this website. Photos are as credited. Any errors found here are by the author, and any additions, corrections or amendments to this list of Warplane Survivors of the Second World War in Honduras would be most welcome and may be e-mailed to the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Data current to 31 Oct 2018.
Honduran Air Force
During the Second World War, the Honduran Air Force (HAF) ought against the Axis powers, performing anti-submarine patrols along its Caribbean coastline between 1942 and 1944.
After the war the HAF re-equipped with aircraft from USAAF and RCAF stocks including five Lockheed P-38 Lightnings and five Bell P-63 Kingcobras which were its first high performance fighters. Honduras later recieved 19 Vought F4U Corsair fighter bombers, several Douglas C-47 Skytrain transports, and six North American AT-6C Texan (armed) and six T-6G advanced trainers.
In 1969 Honduras fought the one week long "Football War" with El Salvador. The HAF managed to successfully bomb the Salvadorean fuel supplies at Acajutla and Cutuco and fight the enemy's air force out of the sky. Later it provided close air support to the Honduras Army. After the cease fire, both countries tried unsuccessfully to acquire their first jets to replace their old propeller-driven aircraft.
Bell P-63E Kingcobra (Serial No. 43-11730), HAF (Serial No. FAH-402), Museo Del Aire, Toncontin International Airport, Tegucigalpa.
Bell P-63E Kingcobra (Serial No. 43-11732), HAF (Serial No. FAH-403), Museo Del Aire, Toncontin International Airport, Tegucigalpa.
Boeing Stearman PT-17 Kaydet (Serial No. FAH-46).
Curtiss C-45 Commando.
Douglas C-47 Skytrain (Serial No. FAH-306).
(Alec Wilson Photo)
Douglas C-47 Skytrain (Serial No. FAH-314).
Douglas C-47 Skytrain (Serial No. FAH-315).
(Eduardo Sosa Photo)
North American NA-16 Texan (Serial No. FAH-21).
North American AT-6C Texan (Serial No. FAH-205C).
(Bernardo Moncada Photo)
Vought F4U-5NL Corsair (BuNo. 124715), Honduras Air Force (Serial No. FAH-609), "The Weak Spot ", on display at the Museo del Aire, Tegucigalpa, Honduras. This Corsair was sold to Honduras in 1956. During the war between Els Salvador and Honduras, dubbed the "Football War", Captain Fernando Soto Henriquez shot down three aircraft while flying FAH-609, which included a a Cavalier F-51D Mustang and two Goodyear FG-1D Corsairs of the Salvadoran Air Force on 17 of July 1969. This is the last known air combat between piston-engined aircraft. FAH-609 was finally retired in 1981.
Vultee BT-13 Valiant (Serial No. FAH-60).