Turbay T-1 Toucan with Alfredo Turbay May 16, 1943
Alfredo Turbay was born in Monteros in the province of Tucuman on December 15, 1912, he grew up and studied there. He received his Civil Engineering from the National University of Tucuman in 1938 and expanded his knowledge of aeronautical distance learning courses L'Ecole d'Aéronautique of France and Cornell University in the US. He obtained the brevet of pilot in April 1937 and in March 1939 began his career as aircraft manufacturer together with other enthusiasts who built a Grunau 9 primary glider.
First design by Ing Alfredo Turbay was the T-1 Tucan parasol-wing lightplane, first flown April 1943. Six Tucans ordered from Sfreddo & Paolini were halted when the latter firm was seized and nationalized by the government and plans to revive production in 1963 were also thwarted. The T-2 five-seat twin-engined monoplane was destroyed by fire in early 1949 before it had flown; thus the next design to fly was the T-3A six-passenger light transport in December 1964. Turbay SA was formed in January 1961 to build the proposed T-3B production version and a lengthened fuselage development, theT-4, but no production was achieved.