|Model of the Pilatus SB-2|
|Role||Four/Six-seat light transport|
|First flight||30 May 1944|
Design and development
Work on the SB-2 Pelican, a special “slow-flying” aircraft, commenced in the winter of 1941. 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.
The SB-2 made its maiden flight on 30 May 1944. 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.
|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|
- Crew: 1
- Capacity: up to 5 passengers
- Wingspan: 15.5 m (50 ft 10 in)
- Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Junior , 336 kW (451 hp)
- Maximum speed: 250 km/h (155 mph; 135 kn)
- Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
- Jane's 1994, p. 203.
- Swiss Review of World Affairs, Volume 5/6, p. 152. Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 1955.
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- Jane's Fighting Aircraft of World War II. Naval & Military Press Ltd. 1994. pp. 978–0517679647.