Pilatus P3

Pilatus P-3-05 HB-RCH

The Pilatus P3 was a trainer plane where 72 was built for the Swiss Air Army and 6 for the Brazil Navy. The two-seater Pilatus P3 trainer aircraft is a cantilever low-wing monoplane, of all metal construction. The plane was suitable for primary and advanced training, including night flying, aerobatics and instrument flying. The Pilatus P3-05 A-871 is rebuild as Pilatus PC-7 prototype A-901. The P3 is largely replaced in Swiss service by the Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer.

Developing nation: Switserland.
Manufacturer/designer: Pilatus Aircraft AG.
Production line: Stans stopped in.
Task: primary trainer.
First flight: September 3, 1953, HB-HON.
First delivery: January 30, 1956.
Pilatus P3-5
Crew: 2.
Wing Span: 10,40 m.
Wing Area: 16,50 m².
Length: 8,75 m.
Height: 3,05 m.
Engines: one Textron Lycoming GO-435-C2A piston engine rated 194 kW.
Propeller: three-bladed Hartzell constant speed propeller.
Weight: – empty: 1.240 Kg.
– internal fuel: 160 liter.
– max. ordnance: 150 Kg.
Max. take off weight: 1.575 Kg.
Cruise speed: 275 km/h.
Max. speed: 310 km/h at 2.000 m.
Service ceiling: 5.485 m.
Range: 750 km.
Performance: – max. rate of climb at sea level 421 m per minute.
g limits: -3 / +6
Underwing hardpoints: 2.
Weapons: – 7.9mm machine gun.
– four practice bombs.
– two air-to-ground rockets.

Pilatus P3 written-off by accidents:

  • August 22, 1963            A-843        P3-05        Swiss Air Force.
  • October 24,1968            A-854        P3-05        Swiss Air Force.
  • November 27, 1978        A-802        P3-03        Swiss Air Force.
  • July 28, 1999                 HB-RCM   P3-05         private    ex A-824.
  • August 2, 2003              LX-SAS     P3-05         private    ex A-851.
  • April 10, 2004                N680MK    P3-05         private    ex A-860.
Pilatus P-3 operators:
Swiss Air Force. –  1 P3-02.
– 12 P3-03.
– 60 P3-05.
Brazilian Navy. – 6 P3-04
Pilatus. – 1 P3-01 prototype HB-HON.

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