Pilots of the Argentine Air Force have a great devotion to Our Lady of Loreto, She is their patroness! Not only in Italy but the worldwide devotion of the aeronauts is something that involves the world of pilots and flight-related personnel.
Here is a testimony told by Jorge Canova, pilot of the Argentine Air Force who is sharing the image of Nuestra Señora de Loreto enthroned at Matienzo Base during the 1970/71 Antarctic campaign.
This is the Image of Our Lady of Loreto, Patroness of the Argentine Air Force, which we had enthroned at our beloved Matienzo Base (WAP ARG-Ø1) in Antarctica. This celestial being was a witness to our efforts, our problems and the alternatives of our life in those places surrounded by ice.
Her holy imagine engraved on medals screwed on the boards of our planes accompanied us on our flights as a crew member who did not appear in the passengers’ list, but left in our hearts the evidence of his permanent presence and protection in the Antarctic skies.
Fifty years ago we had to experience two dramatic circumstances during a landing at the Petrel Naval Air Force Detachment and a take-off at the Marambio Base where our lives were in danger.
In the quiet of my home, I look back remembering those moments where four people were protagonists flying the P-03, saving our lives by the Grace of Heaven.
TNX Jorge Canova