Lockheed (Macchi) AL-60 Santa Maria N1703L
AL-60 was designed by Al Mooney, and was to have been produced by
Lockheed. In the
event, after two
prototypes had been built, the design was sub let to joint venture in
Argentinean contract appears to have been withdrawn). The Mexican
Lockheed-Azcarate (LASA) and some 44 LASA-60s were built, 18 of them
to the Mexican Air
Force*. Italian production was undertaken by Aermacchi.
This Italian built
photographed at Houston Hobby in 1962.
* I almost got
arrested at Ensenada Airport, Baja California, one day in 1964. A
reposed in the middle of
the field. I commenced to trudge over to photograph it and was
Mexican military looking every bit like mustachioed banditos.
"Look, mate", says I,
"fair go, the kite ain't exactly a top of the line jet fighter, is it,
eh?" Clearly Mexican humor is not on
the same level as Aussie
colloquialisms are and my levity was totally over their heads.
attempts to take the photo they gave up the language barrier and we
went on our