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Fifty years since Falklands incursion and landing by Argentine light aircraft

Monday, September 8th 2014 - 05:36 UTC
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This Monday is the fiftieth anniversary of an odd stunt by Argentine Cessna pilot Miguel Fitzgerald who landed his light aircraft on the Stanley racecourse, left a note of protest about the ‘illegal’ British occupation of the Falkland Islands, handed an Argentine flag to a bemused bystander, and flew away again. Read full article


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  • reality check


    Argentinas own Lindbergh..

    Filmus. Why isn't the “SPIRIT OF MALVINAS” in your museum?

    Sep 08th, 2014 - 05:55 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Vulcanbomber

    funny thing is, he constantly refers to the falkland islands. Enough said.

    Mind you, would love to see him do it again, or a fellow pilot. Not sure MP would even bother scrambling a jet, just shoot it down from the ground

    Sep 08th, 2014 - 06:26 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pirate Love

    and still.....The Falklands remain The Falklands and Falklanders remain Falklanders to this day, rather a pointless exercise, its a pity his fellow modern day argenscum didnt learn the lesson.

    Self-Determination......thats what you need!

    Sep 08th, 2014 - 07:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    “……heading to the lslands located 55o miles from the coast of Argentina”
    Thats correct(don't know if its 550miles though?)FROM the coast of Argentina, NOT a part of Argentina.
    What an anti-hero.
    Stay on your own side of the fence, don't contaminate our side, Thank you very much.

    Sep 08th, 2014 - 09:48 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Are we really interested in a nut of an argie fifty years ago,
    they lost, let them get over it..

    Sep 08th, 2014 - 10:01 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Frank

    Fitzgerald? a good amerindian name...

    Sep 08th, 2014 - 10:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • RedBaron

    The article may be inspired by the fact that the aircraft is now in the 'Malvinas Museum'. -
    The flight in 1964 was a very brave and impressive bit of flying (in spite of its misguided political intentions).

    Sep 08th, 2014 - 11:09 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    “On September 6, Fitzgerald left Monte Grande Airfield bound for Olavarria, Buenos Aires, and then Trelew, Chubut. The next morning he went south through Comodoro Rivadavia and Caleta Olivia. An engine problem occurred and he landed in Pico Truncated before solving the problem at a Naval Air Base and Aeroclub.”

    Clearly a true argie (idiota), who even before he had done many miles he had an engine problem. I have no idea what it is about the locals in Uruguay, but just because they buy a car they all seem to think that’s the end of it. Bald tyres, holed exhausts (upsetting engine performance and fuel economy), cracked windscreens and dented bodywork are very common indeed. The argies, especially this idiot, must think the same way.

    Still, he had a real success in getting the C24 to ‘award’ the Falklands to The Dark Country. OH, they are STILL a UK BOT, so he failed at that as well.

    I hope somebody kicked Shirtcliffe in the nuts for letting this opportunity pass by.

    Sep 08th, 2014 - 11:42 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Ira Curtis

    For someone who has never flown in this part of the world in light airplane, it would be very difficult to appreciate his achivment. 1100 miles over stormy water, cloud and windy skies. and September is not the worst time but it is still sh!@#tty...

    Sep 08th, 2014 - 12:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    The plane may be hanging from the ceiling in the Malvinas Myth Palace, the flag he left, went into the bin at the back of government house.

    Sep 08th, 2014 - 01:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    Mike Fitzgerald was not only a great civil pilot, but also a true patriot.
    The flight to Malvinas is nothing compared to all he did for his country.
    And what the f*ck is “The Reason” or “Chronicle” or “Pico Truncated” LOL

    This 4th class newspaper MercaPrensa is a joke.

    Sep 08th, 2014 - 03:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    The article mentions just how unfriendly the islanders were upon arrival:
    “One of them approached me. He thought I was lost. ‘Where do you come from? Do you need fuel?’
    I thanked him and told him I did not need anything. It did not occur to him that I was Argentine, surely. I gave the proclamation and said, “Take, give this to your Governor.”
    Welcoming, polite and offering help... Before they were invaded...

    Sep 08th, 2014 - 03:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    This 4th class newspaper MercaPrensa is a joke.
    then why does an intelligent argie like you post on here then..

    Sep 08th, 2014 - 06:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • malen

    Pico truncated!!! Also:
    Large river city, Galician rivers city, Wavevarría city, Big Mountain city, and Refreshing Airs city.

    Sep 08th, 2014 - 08:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brit Bob

    Perhaps he was flying to Chile and got lost...

    Sep 08th, 2014 - 08:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    You are the one who is totally lost, brit bobo.

    Sep 08th, 2014 - 09:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    mercopress it seems is the only open source CFK

    Sep 08th, 2014 - 11:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    16 nino

    “You are the one who is totally lost, brit bobo.”

    - another brilliant ripost from the 'boy Nationalist'


    Sep 09th, 2014 - 06:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brit Bob

    @16. paulcedron Take it to the ICJ. Do you want directions?
    And when is RG land going to take their case against UK oil companies drilling in Falkland waters 'to the international courts.' RG land has been threatening action since February 2010, so why is it taking so l o n g?

    Sep 09th, 2014 - 09:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    So after 50 years what has this proved? What has this foolhardy adventure changed?
    One macho Argentine went on a mahoosive ego trip. Ok, fine. It's his life. No harm done.
    Did he change history?
    Did he actually achieve anything concrete?

    Sep 09th, 2014 - 12:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    @20 ilsen,
    Just another latin primadonna.
    A creator of hot air.
    A wasted space.
    An oxygen thief.

    Sep 09th, 2014 - 01:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    better to be an oxygen thief than a bunch of illegal squatters stealing lands and goods from other countries.

    Sep 09th, 2014 - 01:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Benson

    So what were the comparative Native populations in Argentina and the Falklands again? We stole nothing, you stole from and butchered the natives.

    Sep 09th, 2014 - 01:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brit Bob

    @22 It was quite legal to obtain territory by 'conquest and subjugation' and this concept was legal from the 16th Century right up to the early 20th Century. This is how Argentina legally obtained ownership of Patagonia. By harping on about what allegedly happened in 1833 (an act of war) Argentina is allowing the UK to claim that it legally obtained title to the Falklands through 'conquest and subjugation.'

    Sep 09th, 2014 - 01:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    @23 Benson.
    Good Call!
    They hate truth and honesty.

    Sep 09th, 2014 - 01:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    @22 paulcedron,
    Oh, l agree wholeheartedly paul niño.
    lllegal squatters should not be allowed to steal land & goods from other countries.
    So tell me, when is Argentina going to leave Patagonia & also return the land that they usurped from Paraguay?
    We wouldn't want “the whole world” to get the wrong idea about “benevolent” Argentina, would we, young pauli?

    Sep 09th, 2014 - 09:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    ay isolde...isolde.
    you should read some serious books (all of them in spanish) to understand the campaña del desierto.
    that was during the informal british empire.
    roca did the dirty job but the beneficiaries were the british companies, especially the railway.
    not by chance, after the conquista del desierto, british estancieros and sheep farming companies bloomed like sunflowers in the whole patagonia.

    Sep 09th, 2014 - 10:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Argentina needs British Administration to turn it around. Secretly many wish for it.
    That's what they can't admit. That's why they come here.

    Sep 10th, 2014 - 12:34 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    27 crying niño

    1880's War of the Desert
    - “ it wasn't us - it was the dirty British”

    1980's War Against the Dirty British

    - “ it wasn't us - it was the Junta... ”

    the only consistency I can see from the “boy Nationalist” and his brainwashed pals, is a lack of accountability.

    BTW, according to Land Title Records, the beneficiaries of “the Great Patagonian Land Grab of 1880's” were overwhelmingly non-British Argentinians.

    Just like in “The Great Land Grab of 1982”

    Sep 10th, 2014 - 03:15 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    @11 Paulcedron

    “The flight to Malvinas is nothing compared to all he did for his country”.

    I guess Gerald would agree.

    Sep 13th, 2014 - 02:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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