by Eloy Martín,
Historiador aeronáutico de Argentina
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  That year, he participated in the trials of the first experiments with bombs dropped from planes on February 2, 1914. These experiments were carried out at El Palomar using projectiles for air or land designed by Major Arturo Luisoni Peter and Paul. They involved a Shrapnel type projectile contained in a cylinder of 75 mm and 200 mm in length fitted with a percussion fuse from a 105 howitzer with a total weight of 4.7 kg. The Revista del Circulo Militar Military Circle Magazine published an article dated February 22, 1915 entitled Granada para Aeroplanos written by Lieutenant Colonel Antonio Arenales Uriburu and Capitans Abel Miranda and Hannibal Brihuega.

On April 5, 1914 he joined the squadron which participated in a tribute to Ing. Jorge A. Newbery, performed at the stadium of the Sociedad Sportiva. The following aircraft took part in the celebration:
Aeróstato Eduardo Newbery: Lieutenant Biedma, Puerta, Padilla and Fields.
Aeróstato Pampero II: Lieutenant Benavente.
Nieuport Castex: Lieutenant Zanni.
Nieuport Argentina: Lieutenant, 1 Agneta.
Rumpler: Lieutenant, 1 Goubat.
Bleriot XI (50 hp): Lieutenant, 1 Brihuega

In the military exercises carried out in the province of Entre Rios between the 17th and 25th of April, 1914, warplanes took part for the first time. Lt. 1 ° Brihuega participated as pilot of the Escuadrilla Roja consisting of a Bleriot XI-Bis (80 hp), a Bleriot XI, 1 Lt. Raul Eugenio Goubat and Lieutenant observers Elisendo Ciriaco Pissano and Baldomero Jose de Biedma. On 27 May, conducted a tour, flying a Bleriot XI, joining the towns of El Palomar, Cordoba and Roldan, They stopped at Roldan due to a failure of the Gnôme engine of 80 hp that powered the machine. On July 18, he flew between El Palomar and St. Nicholas aboard a Bleriot XI monoplane.

In July, he organized the "Gran Carrera del Centenario de la Independencia”. " The Army Aviation organized a squadron composed of the Bleriot XI-1 Bis, only 2 Morane-Saulnier endowment and Eindecker Etrich Rumpler 1913 Taube. Alternatively the Escuela de Aviación Militar planned 5 stages or bases for resupply and technical support in Junin, Rufino, Villa Mercedes, La Paz and Mendoza. The material was designated as follows:
Bleriot XI No. I-Bis (80 hp): Lieutenant Antonio Parodi
Morane-Saulnier G (80 hp): Lt. Peter Zanni Leandro
Morane-Saulnier L Mendoza (80 hp): Captain Anibal Brihuega
Eindecker Etrich Rumpler 1913 Taube (100 hp): Lieutenant Elisendo Ciriaco Pissano

On 9 November, Lieutenant Edgardo Benavente (pilot) and Captain Brihuega (Observer) established an altitude record for a plane with a passenger on El Palomar by reaching a height of 2800 m in a Morane-Saulnier L Mendoza. On June 25, 1915, he was designated as Professor of Piloting at the Escuela de Aviación Militar (Boletín Militar Nº 4181). In 1916, he was appointed as professor of "Teoría y ascensiones en globo," and in 1924 in the subject, "Organización y Táctica"

On August 22, 1916 made an ascent aboard the balloon Quo Vadis? as a companion to its original owner, Mr. Carlos Dose Obligado and Uruguayan Army Lieutenant Esteban Cristi, uniting the neighboring towns of Bernal and Lobos by a 4 pm flight. On October 7, he made an ascent in the balloon aerostática Pampero II along with the Bolivian Army Captain Jose de Alarcon, Lieutenant Enrique Ruiz of the Peruvian Army and Staff Sergeant Gomez. Departing from Bernal, they reached an altitude of 4000 m laniding at 3.05pm in Ranchos. On the 24th of this month, he flew aboard the Piloto Madariaga balloon for two and a half hours in the vicinity of Bernal and Tristan Suarez.

In 1917, he was promoted to Captain. On 23 August was assigned for two years to Europe, together with the Head of Mechanics, Ambrose Luis Vincent Taravella, to carry out the procurement of aircraft. (Military Bulletin No. 4887, Part 2). In Europe during 1918, Mayor Brihuega conducted studies relating to the technological advances in aviation in different countries of the old world. He visited airplane and engine factories in France, England, Italy, Belgium and Spain, keen to learn the theories of flight mechanics, its application to education, as well as the methods that were used with greatest advantage in the military field. He purchased aircraft engines in France, England and Italy which were used to power the aircraft manufactured by the Military Aviation School, El Palomar in 1919.

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