|Pazmany PL-2 at Winter Haven Airport, Florida, in 2011|
|Manufacturer||Pazmany Aircraft Corporation|
|Primary users||Republic of China Air Force|
Indonesian Air Force
The Pazmany PL-1 Laminar and Pazmany PL-2 are American two-seat trainer and personal light aircraft designed by Ladislao Pazmany to be marketed as a homebuilt aircraft by his company Pazmany Aircraft Corporation. The aircraft was built under licence in Taiwan (Republic of China) as the AIDC PL-1B Cheinshou. It was later followed by an improved version the PL-2. The SLAF Aircraft Engineering Wing developed a modified variant of the PL-2 in 1977, which never saw combat but was used in air shows.
The PL-1 Laminar was the first design by Ladislao Pazmany, it was intended to be marketed for the homebuilt market. The prototype first flew on the 23 March 1962. The PL-1 is a cantilever low-wing monoplane with a fixed tricycle landing gear. It has side-by-side seating for a crew of two and is powered by a 95 hp (71 kW) Continental C-90 piston engine. The Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) acquired plans and built a PL-1 for evaluation with a first flight on 26 October 1968. AIDC then built 58 aircraft designated the PL-1B for the Republic of China Air Force and fitted with a 150 hp (112 kW) Avco Lycoming O-320 engine.
Soon after the first flight Pazmany produced an improved design, the PL-2 which had a slight increase in cockpit width and changes to the structure to make it easier for homebuilders. The PL-2 was evaluated by a number of air forces in south-east Asia. It was built under license in Indonesia as the Lipnur LT-200.
- Original design for home-built light aircraft
- Licence built variant by AIDC with a 150hp (112kW) Avco Lycoming O-320 engine, 58 built.
- More rounded, wider cockpit, increased wing dihedral.
- Improved model, all metal, two seats
- Licence built variant by Lipnur (Indonesia).
- Indonesian Air Force LT-200(PL-2)
- Republic of Vietnam Air Force - One aircraft only, no longer in service. Named the Tien Phong "Pioneer", built under U.S supervision. Plans for additional aircraft were cancelled in 1972
- Sri Lanka Air Force - Sri Lankan built PL-2 variants were in operation until the early 1980s.
Data from The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985), 1985, Orbis Publishing, Page 2694
- Crew: 2
- Length: 19 ft 3½ in (5.88 m)
- Wingspan: 28 ft 0 in (8.53 m)
- Height: 7 ft 7 in (2.31 m)
- Wing area: 116.0 ft2 (10.78 m2)
- Empty weight: 904 lb (410 kg)
- Gross weight: 1609 lb (730 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Avco Lycoming O-320-E2A flat-four piston, 150 hp (112 kW)
- Maximum speed: 152 mph (245 km/h)
- Endurance: 5 hours 30 min
- Service ceiling: 14,995 ft (4570 m)
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