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This casual attitude towards traffic and the hazards of a one-airfield air force were to plague both AM and commercial aviation at Tegucigalpa-Tocontin for many years. Ernie Hummel, an old Latin American hand, recalls being on the flight deck of a PanAm DC-3 on finals at Tegucigalpa ("Teh-Goose") in December 1940 when, with the airliner a hundred feet from touchdown, one of the AM Ryans swung onto the runway! The PanAm pilot "firewalled" the DC-3, virtually parting the startled Honduran pilots hair!
Furthermore, the same Attache, responsible for coverage of all Central American states, had rated the CAG, in spite of its favoured materiel status, lowest in operational caplibilities amongst its neighbours at the time. The CAG also acquired six Beech AT-lls, configured as light bombers, under ARP in March 1947, serialled B-1 to B6 initially. These were very heavily utilised but, as the CAG leadership insisted on keeping them loaded with maximum bomb loads at all times, by 1949 only one remained airworthy due to excessive stress on the main spars!
Suffice to say that the (by then renamed) Fuena Aerea Guatemalteca (FAG) played little or no role in the action, being considered unreliable by Arbenz - the only contemplated action involved 54 55 Four FAG North American F-5LDs flying a nice tight formation. The earliest of these also had the strange four-digit selials earlier, including 0848, 0106, 0481 and 0602 circa 1955 (FAG). A mix of T-6Gs and other "Texan" variants on the hard- standing at Los Cipresales in 1957, including FAG 220, 222, 224, 226 and 230.