Air International 1981-09
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J.Fricker - Pilatus PC-7
The first of the two production PC-7s used for Flugwaffe evaluation; both are now to be retained as part of the 40-aircraft order recently confirmed. The first aircraft was flown by John Fricker for the accompanying pilot's assessment.
The second of the two production PC-7s used for Flugwaffe evaluation; both are now to be retained as part of the 40-aircraft order recently confirmed.
The Chilean Navy is one of nine export customers for the PC-7 (not all of which have been named by Pilatus). Ten have been delivered to Chile, and a re-order is likely soon.
Three successive contracts have brought the total of PC-7s ordered by Mexico to 55, making this air force the largest user of the Turbo Trainer to date. Initially, aircraft were delivered to Mexico in the "trainer yellow" finish shown (on photo) but later aircraft, now coming off the line at Stans, are camouflaged in shades of green and brown.
Three successive contracts have brought the total of PC-7s ordered by Mexico to 55, making this air force the largest user of the Turbo Trainer to date. Initially, aircraft were delivered to Mexico in the "trainer yellow" finish shown but later aircraft, now coming off the line at Stans, are camouflaged in shades of green and brown, as illustrated.
The first customer to sign a firm order for the Turbo Trainer was the air force of Burma, which has to date acquired 17.
The PC-7 production number 137 is the second of two Turbo Trainers that were the subject - together with the second prototype - of a year-long evaluation by the Swiss Flugwaffe, prior to the recent placing of a production order.
Swiss, Burmese and Bolivian markings on a trio of PC-7s seen against the Matterhorn.
With a current order book totalling 248 and continuing good sales prospects for the PC-7, Pilatus has turned to other companies in Switzerland to manufacture Turbo Trainer components under sub-contract. Final assembly is centred at Stans, where the rate is being increased to about six a month next year.
The front cockpit of the Turbo Trainer. The two cockpits in tandem have almost complete duplication of controls and instruments, and the layout follows contemporary trends in jet trainers.