The annual Argentine air force day was held in Buenos Aires on August 10.
GV PAN Air force commander-in-chief, General Jorge Hughes takes salute and inspects troops (2 shots)
GV PAN Troops and demonstration jet plane
SV Hughes speaks (SPANISH SOT)
GV Planes fly past
CU & GV Hughes salutes while troops march past (2 shots)
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Background: The annual Argentine air force day was held in Buenos Aires on August 10. Commander-in-chief General Jorge Hughes took the salute before inspecting the troops. Gaps were left in the fly-past over the city by jet fighters and bombers in respect to pilots killed by the British during last year's Falklands conflict. In his speech, Hughes said he had little to offer his men, but would demand a lot from them. He called upon the men to show the same degree of courage in peacetime as they had in attack on the Falklands, and added that the air force had a significant part to play in helping the government run the country. Despite considerable losses of aircraft during last year's fighting, Argentina has not placed any new orders. The general said a cash limit had been placed on the air force in an effort to avoid enlarging the country's foreign debt, standing at about 40,000 million U.S. dollars. Western diplomats in Argentina say the air force has recently taken delivery of second-hand planes from Peru and Israel. Nine French-built Super Entendard fighter jets have been delivered, but they were bought and paid for before the conflict in the Falklands. The Argentine Entendards proved lethal during the fighting, sinking a British destroyer, badly damaging another and causing severe casualties.