Percival Pembroke

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P.66 Pembroke
Hunting percival p-66 pembroke c1 takeoff arp.jpg
Privately owned Hunting Percival P.66 Pembroke C.1 takes off in 2008
Role Light transport
Manufacturer Percival Aircraft Company
First flight 21 November 1952
Introduction 1953
Retired 1988
Primary user Royal Air Force
Produced 1953–1958
Number built 128
Variants Percival Merganser
Percival Prince

The Percival Pembroke is a British high-wing twin-engined light transport aircraft built by the Percival Aircraft Company, later Hunting Percival.

Development[edit]

The Pembroke was a development of the Percival Prince civil transport. It had a longer wing to permit a higher fully laden weight. The prototype flew on 21 November 1952. Production was complete in early 1958.

Operational history[edit]

Percival Pembroke C.1 of Bomber Command Communications Squadron at Blackbushe Airport Hampshire in September 1956.

It entered service with the Royal Air Force as the Percival Pembroke C.1 in 1953 to replace the Avro Anson for light transport duties. As with other RAF transports, the passenger seats are rearward-facing for improved safety.

Six were produced as the Pembroke C(PR).1 photographic reconnaissance aircraft. These saw use by No. 81 Squadron RAF during the Malayan Emergency. The RAF's Pembrokes were modified to extend their lifespan in 1970. The last unit to use them was No. 60 Squadron RAF based at RAF Wildenrath in Germany, these were withdrawn from use in 1988 and were replaced by the Hawker Siddeley Andover.

The Finnish Air Force operated two aircraft for aerial photography between 1956 and 1968, on behalf of the National Land Survey of Finland. One of the aircraft was destroyed when it hit a snow wall during landing in 1965. The other aircraft is currently stored at the Aviation Museum of Central Finland.[1]

Variants[edit]

P.66 Pembroke C.1
Communications and transport variant for the RAF, 44 built.
P.66 Pembroke C(PR).1
Photographic reconnaissance variant for the RAF, six built and two conversions from C.1.
P.66 Pembroke C.51
Export variant for Belgium.
P.66 Pembroke C.52
Export variant for Sweden. Swedish military designation Tp 83.
P.66 Pembroke C.53
Export variant for Finland.
P.66 Pembroke C.54
Export variant for West Germany.
P.66 Pembroke C.55
Export variant for Sudan.
P.66 President
Civil transport version, five built.

Operators[edit]

Luftwaffe Pembroke C.54 preserved at the Junior Museum, Hermeskeil, Germany, in June 2007
 Belgium
 Denmark
 Finland
 Germany
 Malawi
 Rhodesia
 Sweden
 Sudan
 United Kingdom
 Zambia

Surviving aircraft[edit]

Preserved Pembroke C.1 WV740 giving a flying display
Belgium
Germany
Sweden
United Kingdom
United States
  • XF796 – C.1 airworthy with Giuseppe Baldassarri in Carrollton, Georgia.[16][17]
  • RM-1 – Currently on Static display in Oshkosh Wisconsin. It previously served with the Belgian Air Force.[18][19]
  • RM-9-C.51 stored outside at Anoka-Blaine airport Slated to be dismantled and moved to Nashville Michigan / Round Engine Aero.

Currently sat at raf st athan next to the runway facing toward rhoose airport (cardiff airport)

Specifications (Pembroke C.1)[edit]

Pembroke C1 Silh.jpg

Data from Gatwick museum Pembroke page

General characteristics

Performance

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

Related lists

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Keskinen et al.: Suomen museolentokoneet p. 48, (1981), Forssa, Tietoteos, ISBN 951-9035-60-5
  2. ^ "Airframe Dossier – Percival P-66 Pembroke, s/n RM-4 FABe, c/n P.66/21, c/r OT-ZAD". Aerial Visuals. AerialVisuals.ca. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "Welkom bij Dakota". VZW DAKOTA, Documentatiecentrum van de 15 WING (in Dutch). Dakota VZW. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "Airframe Dossier – Percival P-66 Pembroke/President, s/n RM-7, c/n P66-0027". Aerial Visuals. AerialVisuals.ca. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "Airframe Dossier – Percival P-66 Pembroke/President, s/n 54+02 Luftwaffe, c/n P66/0092, c/r D-CAKE". Aerial Visuals. AerialVisuals.ca. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "Hunting Percival P.66 Pembroke C.Mk. 54 (Flugzeugkennungen der Bundeswehr: AS-558, zuletzt 54+07)". Museum-Digital. 29 April 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "Airframe Dossier – Percival P-66 Pembroke/President, s/n 54+08 Marineflieger, c/n PAC/66/105". Aerial Visuals. AerialVisuals.ca. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Flugzeuge". Flugausstellung (in German). Archived from the original on 6 January 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "Aviation Museum". Svedinos Bil & Flygmuseum. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  10. ^ a b "Tp 83 1955–1977". Pennan & Svärdet. Pennan & Svärdet. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  11. ^ "Percival P.66 Pembroke". Västerås Flygmuseum. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  12. ^ "GINFO Search Results [G-BNPH]". Civil Aviation Authority. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  13. ^ "Hunting Percival Pembroke C1". Royal Air Force Museum. Trustees of the Royal Air Force Museum. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  14. ^ Simpson, Andrew (2013). "INDIVIDUAL HISTORY [WV746]" (PDF). Royal Air Force Museum. Royal Air Force Museum. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  15. ^ "GINFO Search Results [G-BXES]". Civil Aviation Authority. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  16. ^ "Airframe Dossier – Percival Pembroke C.1, s/n XF796 RAF, c/n PAC/66/76, c/r N2692U". Aerial Visuals. AerialVisuals.ca. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  17. ^ "FAA REGISTRY [N2692U]". Federal Aviation Administration. U.S. Department of Transportation. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  18. ^ "Airframe Dossier – Percival Pembroke 51, s/n RM-1 FABe, c/r N51973". Aerial Visuals. AerialVisuals.ca. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  19. ^ "FAA REGISTRY [N51973]". Federal Aviation Administration. U.S. Department of Transportation. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982–1985) London: Orbis Publishing, 1985.
  • Jackson, A.J. British Civil Aircraft since 1919 (Volume 3). London: Putnam, 1974. ISBN 0-370-10014-X.
  • Jefford, Wing Commander C.G., MBE, BA, RAF (Retd). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 2001. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.
  • Sturtivant, Ray, ISO and John Hamlin. RAF Flying Training And Support Units since 1912. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 2007. ISBN 0-85130-365-X.

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