|First flight||3 September 1953|
|Status||in use in private hands|
|Primary users||Swiss Air Force
|Developed into||Pilatus PC-7|
Design and development
The Pilatus P-3 was designed for primary and advanced training (including night flying, aerobatics and instrument flying). The military version was designated P-3-03. It was of all-metal construction with a retractable tricycle undercarriage and tandem seating. There was provision for underwing racks for light practice bombs or rockets and a machine gun in a pod below the port wing.
The first prototype was built in 1953 and flew on 3 September, the same year. The Swiss Air Force received 72 examples of this aircraft while the Brazilian Navy acquired six. The Swiss Air Force used the P-3 as a training aircraft until 1983, although it continued to be used as a liaison aircraft for another decade. In 1993–1995, 65 ex-Swiss Air Force aircraft were sold on the private market.
Specifications (Pilatus P-3-03)
Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1956–57
- Crew: Two
- Length: 8.75 m (28 ft 8 in)
- Wingspan: 10.40 m (34 ft 1 in)
- Height: 3.05 m (10 ft 0 in)
- Wing area: 16.55 m2 (178.1 sq ft)
- Aspect ratio: 6.55:1
- Empty weight: 1,090 kg (2,403 lb)
- Gross weight: 1,500 kg (3,307 lb)
- Fuel capacity: 170 litres (37 imp gal; 45 US gal)
- Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming GO-435-C2-A2 six cylinder, air-cooled, four stroke, horizontally opposed aircraft engine, 180 kW (240 hp)
- Maximum speed: 310 km/h (193 mph; 167 kn)
- Cruising speed: 255 km/h (158 mph; 138 kn) (econ cruise)
- Service ceiling: 5,500 m (18,045 ft)
- Rate of climb: 7.00 m/s (1,378 ft/min)
- Wing loading: 9.6 kg/m2 (2.0 lb/sq ft)
- Power/mass: 0.12 kW/kg (0.072 hp/lb)
- Related development
- Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
- Bridgman 1956, p. 223.
- " History: Pilatus P-3." Pilatus P-3 Retrieved: 9 November 2012.
- Bridgman, Leonard. Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1956-57. London: Jane's Ltd, 1956.
- "History." Pilatus P-3 Owners Group.
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