Air Enthusiast 2001-01
M.Gruenenfelder, R.Francillon - Enduring Tug
Taken in a hangar at the K+W plant in Thun, the only photograph of the C-3601 known to have survived. One of the fins and rudders of a Potez 63 - evaluated in Switzerland before the decision was taken to proceed with the C-36 programme - can be seen above the right wing of the C-3601.
Fascinating though the C-3605 is, it was never designed for an upright front cover! Pragmatic angle on the Speyer Technik Museum's D-FOXY.
Upon retirement, the C-3605 fleet was snapped up by collectors. The Speyer-based Technik Museum in Germany operates D-FOXY, the former C-535.
The last 22 C-3605s were auctioned off in December 1987. Four of the aircraft in this line-up are without engines.
C-502, the prototype of the turboprop-powered C-3605, first flew on the power of its Lycoming T53-L-7A on August 19, 1968.
EKW C-3605.
C-3603-1 C-489, apparently with all armament removed.
C-547 was delivered to the FFTrp as a C-3603-1 in March 1944. After it had been rebuilt as a turboprop-powered C-3605, C-547 was redelivered in December 1971. It was sold off at Lodrino in December 1987 becoming HB-RBI. It was then modified back to C-3603-1 standard.
C-3604 C-606 in early 1948 just after being delivered to the Third Squadron of the Surveillance Wing. It carries the staffel insignia on the port engine cowling
The only unit to use the C-3604s operationally was the Third Squadron of the Surveillance Wing based at Dubendorf near Zurich.
Самолет C-3603 ранних серий выпуска с крылом, которое еще имело закругленные законцовки, и одноствольной оборонительной установкой
Initially, C-3603-1s only had a single rear-firing flexible gun, but defensive armament was later increased to twin 7.5mm guns.
C-409, the penultimate long-wing C-3603 Series 0 shares a hangar with similarly-engined C-3603-1s and D-3801s.
Two C-3603-1s flying over Dubendorf, the main base of the FFTrp, in 1947.
Two unarmed C-3603 trainers, C-554 and C-555, were delivered in October 1945.
The second version of the C-3603-1 Schlepp target-towing variant had the impeller for the SZW-52 winch attached to the starboard side of the fuselage.
C-502, one of the 20 C-3603-1s modified in 1946 by Farner-Werke as Schlepp with DMP towing equipment, eventually became the prototype for the ultimate turboprop-powered C-3605 variant.
C-489 was the only C-3603-1 Schlepp fitted experimentally with the M L Aviation Firefly winch in a container beneath the right wing. A water tank was carried beneath the left wing to balance the weight of the British-developed Firefly gear
Late in the war, when Swiss airspace was frequently violated by the belligerents, conspicuous red and white markings were applied to the aircraft of the FFTrp. C-552 at Dubendorf on June 10, 1945.
Close-up of the unique 'chimney' through which banners were released into the slipstream from the original C-3603-1 Schlepp fitted with the DMP towing system.
Although the negative carries the designation C-3602 written behind the tail of the aircraft, this depicts one of the C-3603 Series 0 aircraft. It has long span wings like those of the C-3601 and C-3602, but is fitted with a retractable main undercarriage, whereas the earlier variants had trousered units.
The C-3602 prototype first flew on November 30, 1939, three months after the C-3601 had crashed during a ferry flight from Thun to Dubendorf.
The Saurer-developed 12 Y-52 powering the C-3604s proved unreliable in service.
The 12 production C-3604s were obsolete when they entered service in 1948. The last ten were withdrawn from use in February 1956.
Taken in a hangar at the K+W plant in Thun, the only photograph of the C-3601 known to have survived. One of the fins and rudders of a Potez 63 - evaluated in Switzerland before the decision was taken to proceed with the C-36 programme - can be seen above the right wing of the C-3601.
Delivered in October 1943 in standard combat configuration, C-501 was the first C-3603-1 to be modified as a Schlepp prototype in 1945. In 1972-73 it was rebuilt as a turboprop-powered C-3605.
Late during their service with front line units, C-3603-1s had rails for Oerlikon rockets added beneath their wings.
C-429 tucked under the starboard wing of another C-3603-1 low over a Swiss town shortly after the end of the Second World War.
Right side of the Hispano-Suiza 12 Y-52 of a C-3603-1.
C-3603 pilot cockpit. Noteworthy is the fact that instruments and switches are labelled in French, even though German is the native language of more Swiss than the three other national languages combined (French, Italian, and Romansch) combined.
Оборонительная установка самолета C-3604
Twin flexible gun rear-defence armament of the C-3604.
Rear cockpit of a C-3603-1 Schlepp
C-3603 right-side pilot console.
C-3603 rear cockpit.
Twin flexible gun rear-defence armament of the C-3604.
Приборная доска летчика
Pilot instrument panel oin a C-3604.
C-3604 left console.
Top to bottom: C-3601, C-3603, C-3603 trainer, C-3603 target tug, C-3604.
C-409, the penultimate long-wing C-3603 Series 0 shares a hangar with similarly-engined C-3603-1s and D-3801s.