Pilatus SB-2

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SB-2 Pelican
Pilatus SB-2 Pelican.JPG
Model of the Pilatus SB-2
Role Four/Six-seat light transport
National origin Switzerland
Manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft
First flight 30 May 1944
Number built 1

The Pilatus SB-2 Pelican was a civil utility aircraft developed by the newly formed Pilatus Aircraft company and the ETH Zurich during World War II.

Design and development[edit]

Work on the SB-2 Pelican, a special “slow-flying” aircraft, commenced in the winter of 1941.[1] Good short takeoff and landing credentials, plus steep climbing capabilities, were essential attributes of the aircraft flown in the narrow Alpine valleys at that time. The aircraft was designed to carry four to six passengers.[1]

The configuration of the SB-2 was slightly unusual, in that it was provided with tricycle undercarriage (an uncommon feature at the time), and a wing that had a slight forward sweep.[1]

Operational history[edit]

The SB-2 made its maiden flight on 30 May 1944.[2] After extensive trials, the only model built went to Alpar AG in Bern. The Pelikan was particularly well suited for passenger operations, but could also be used for aerial photography, survey flights, freight transport and agricultural work.

During an air display on 13 June 1948, the Pelican flipped over because the nose wheel sheared off from an unnoticed transverse fracture. It was damaged beyond repair.

External images
Pilatus ETH SB-2 Pelican
Pilatus SB-2 Plan
Pilatus SB-2 Air
Pilatus SB-2 Taxiway
Pilatus SP-2 Side
Pilatus SP-2 front
Pilatus SB-2 top

Specifications (SB-2)[edit]

General characteristics


  • Maximum speed: 250 km/h (155 mph; 135 kn)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


  1. ^ a b c Jane's 1994, p. 203.
  2. ^ Swiss Review of World Affairs, Volume 5/6, p. 152. Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 1955.


  • Jane's Fighting Aircraft of World War II. Naval & Military Press Ltd. 1994. pp. 978–0517679647.