Piaggio P.149

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Piaggio P.149
Piaggo Focke-Wulf 149.jpg
Role Utility liaison or training monoplane
Manufacturer Piaggio Aero
Focke-Wulf
First flight 1953
Primary users German Air Force
Swissair Flying School
Number built 88 (Piaggio)
190 (Focke-Wulf)
Developed from Piaggio P.148
German Air Force Focke-Wulf built FWP.149D at Hanover Airport in 1966
Piaggio P.149E of the Swissair Flying School at Bern (Belp) airfield in 1973
Focke-Wulf FWP. 149D in Canadian civil service
P.149D

The Piaggio P.149 was an 1950s Italian utility or liaison aircraft designed and built by Piaggio. The aircraft was built under licence by Focke-Wulf in West Germany as the FWP.149D.

Development[edit]

The P.149 was developed as a four-seat touring variant of the earlier P.148. The P.149 is an all-metal, low-wing cantilever monoplane with a retractable tricycle landing gear with room for four or five occupants. The prototype first flew on 19 June 1953.

Only a few were sold, until the German Air Force selected the aircraft for a training and utility role. Piaggio delivered 72 aircraft to Germany, and another 190 were built in Germany by Focke-Wulf as the FWP.149D.

Operational history[edit]

The aircraft was operated by the German Air Force between 1957 and 1990.

Swissair's Flying School based at Bern (Belp) airfield used a small fleet of the type to provide primary instruction to trainee pilots.[1]

Operators[edit]

 Austria
 Germany
 Israel
 Italy
 Nigeria
  Switzerland
 Tanzania
 Uganda
Ugandan Air Force[6]

Specifications (P.149D)[edit]

Data from The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985), 1985, Orbis Publishing, Page 2714

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 3 or 4 passengers or 1 trainee
  • Length: 8.80 m (28 ft 10½ in)
  • Wingspan: 11.12 m (36 ft 5¾ in)
  • Height: 2.90 m (9 ft 6¼ in)
  • Wing area: 18.85 m2 (202.91 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 1,160 kg (2,557 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,680 kg (3,704 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming GO-480 B1A6 flat-six geared piston engine, 142 kW (270 hp) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 234 km/h (145 mph)
  • Range: 925 km (575 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 5,000 m (16,404 ft)

See also[edit]

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gandet 2001, pp. 42–43.
  2. ^ Wheeler 1980, p. 1339.
  3. ^ Piaggio P-149D
  4. ^ Wheeler 1980, p. 1359.
  5. ^ Donald 1997, p. 735.
  6. ^ Wheeler 1980, p. 1374.