Piaggio PD.808

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PD.808
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The prototype Piaggio PD.808 at the 1966 Hanover Air Show wearing Italian Air Force markings
Role Business & military jet
Manufacturer Piaggio Aero
Designer Douglas Aircraft Company
First flight 29 August 1964
Introduction November 1966
Primary user Italian Air Force
Number built 24
Unit cost
$350,000-$400,000 in 1961[1]

The Piaggio PD.808 was designed by the Douglas Aircraft Company of Long Beach, California, as a business jet.

Development and history[edit]

No orders were received by Douglas, and the complete project was bought by Piaggio Aero, which flew the first prototype in August 1965. Piaggio also failed to secure any worthwhile commercial interest, but a few examples were taken by the Italian Air Force.

Only 24 examples of this type, with low-set wings and aft-mounted turbojet engines, were produced, and 22 of these went to the Italian Air Force. The first aircraft were configured for the utility role, but the last six aircraft were completed as electronic platforms with cabin accommodation for specialist electronic intelligence equipment and its three operators.

Variants[edit]

A PD.808 preserved at Lucca, Italy
  • PD-808VIP: VIP transport.
  • PD-808TA: navigation trainer.
  • PD-808RM (radiomesure): radio calibration.
  • PD-808GE (guerra elettronica): Electronic warfare aircraft. The version PD-808GE1 entered service in 1972, the PD-808GE2 in 1977.
  • PD-808TF: Proposed turbofan-powered version. Not built.

Preserved aircraft[edit]

An example, previously operated by the Italian Air Force is publicly displayed at Lucca, Italy.

Operators[edit]

 Italy

Specifications (PD.808)[edit]

PD.808 in a special commemorative colour scheme at the aircraft show Giornata Azzurra 2006

Data from Jane's Aircraft Recognition Guide [3]

General characteristics

Performance

References[edit]

  1. ^ Flying Magazine: 24. August 1961. 
  2. ^ "Piaggio PD.808" Aeronautica Italiana
  3. ^ Rendall, David (1995). Jane's Aircraft Recognition Guide. Glasgow, UK: HarperCollinsPublishers. p. 505. ISBN 0-00-470980-2.