When the war ended, lots of Nazi war crimes suspects and scientific personnel fled to Argentina, welcomed by President Juan Peron’s regime. One was Kurt Tank, one of Germany’s top aircraft designers. With him he carried plans for a last-ditch emergency fighter that had never been built. In Argentina, Peron gave Tank the opportunity to create that last Nazi jet fighter – the Pulqui II.

The FMA IAe 33 Pulqui II (in the indigenous language Mapuche, Pulqúi: Arrow) was a jet fighter aircraft designed by Kurt Tank in the late 1940s in Argentina, under the Perón government, and built by the Fábrica Militar de Aviones (FMA).

Embodying many of the design elements of the wartime Focke-Wulf Ta 183, an unrealized fighter project, the FMA envisioned the IAe 33 Pulqui II as a successor to the postwar Gloster Meteor F4 in service with the Fuerza Aérea Argentina. The Pulqui II’s development was comparatively problematic and lengthy, with two of the four prototypes being lost in fatal crashes.

Despite one of the prototypes being successfully tested in combat during the Revolución Libertadora, the political, economic and technical challenges faced by the project meant that the IAe 33 was unable to reach its full potential, and the Argentine government ultimately chose to purchase F-86 Sabres from the United States in lieu of continuing development of the indigenous fighter to production status.

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