By Dan Hagedorn, Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd
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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! But for two years, this "bomber squadron" represented one of the most potentially Like the Wlco VPF-7s, at least half of Guatemala's Ryan S7Ms were fitted out as light-weight fighters, and sin 25 and 26 are shown here with one other at Tegucigalpa dUling a Goodwill flight in FebrualY 1939, these too having a special insignia on thefuselage (FAG via Maj Rick 1barguen) Sin 23 shows a variation on the post-WW2 Ryan S7M EMA markings, this example having a nice cheatline and circle around the special insignia on the fuselage (Ev Cassagneres via "bIter C.
Stewart who was, in fact, Director of the Escuela de Aviaci6n Militar, a civilian contract post, and the Escuela graduated its first class of nine wholly Honduran pilots on 14 September 1939. On 10 March 1941, Major Stewart was to give place as Director of the Escuela to Captain (later Lieutenant Colonel) Harold A. White although, in the event, he was to resume the post on 8 July 1944 and retain it until 27 July 1947, when he was to be succeeded by the first Honduran Director, Major Herman Acosta Mejia.
Ultimate fate of these aircraft is unknown, although further clandestine activities seem most likely. Guatemalan politics between 1945-1954 are complex and beyond the scope of this study. However, they had a decided effect on the CAG and effected its vitality and allegiances considerably. Suffice to say that the government of Colonel Arbenz emerged on top in 1951 and his social reforms and alliance of convenience with the Guatemalan Communist Party led to trouble with the US, given the tenor of the times.