Decades of Rebellion

Mexican Military Aviation in Action, 1920s-1940s

Santiago Flores, M Reyna Garza

The first authoritative and detailed account of aerial operations over Mexico in the period 1910-1939, and as such an indispensable source of reference for enthusiasts and professionals alike.
Date Published :
March 2023
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Latin America@War
Illustration :
130 photos, 8 maps, 18 color profiles
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781913336387
Pages : 80
Dimensions : 11.7 X 8.3 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order


In the decades before Mexico joined the allies during the Second World War, Mexican military aviation saw a rapid growth and intense involvement in multiple rebellions, internal strife, and in operations against armed banditry.

Aviation was introduced to military service in Mexico during the Revolutionary Period of 1910-1920, culminating in the bloody showdown between the subsequent president Don Venustiano Carranza and General Victoriano Huerta in 1913. Based on this experience, a strong military service was understood to be an important element for maintaining internal security, and was therefore deployed at almost every opportunity. Mexican military aviation helped defeat several armed uprisings – often by little more than the strong psychological impact upon the insurgents and the civilian population. Rather unsurprisingly, in at least one instance, an armed rebellion sought to obtain aircraft and recruit mercenary pilots to counter the federal air service.

Three decades of small yet intensive combat operations not only proved to be a baptism of fire for many early Mexican aviators, but also played a crucial role in forming nearly all of the commanders that went on to lead the Mexican Air Force during the Second World War.

Richly illustrated with more than 150 exclusive photographs and color profiles, Decades of Rebellion is the first authoritative account of air operations over Mexico in the period 1910-1939, and as such is an indispensable source of reference for enthusiasts and professionals alike.

About The Author

Santiago A Flores is a Mexican military aviation researcher, former US government employee and US Army veteran, who has published more than 200 articles about Mexican military aviation in print and in social media, and has contributed to many books on Latin American military aviation. Following the ground breaking project Mexicans at War, this is his second instalment for Helion’s Latin America@War series.

Manuel Reyna Garza is a Staff Officer of the Mexican Air Force, and a historian and director of the Military Aviation Museum. In addition to helping to preserve its historical heritage, he has published dozens of articles about the history of Mexican military aviation, and helped prepare numerous TV-documentaries. This is his first instalment for Helion’s Latin America@War series.

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