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Pilatus PC-9A(F)

Pilatus PC-9A(F)

Engines
1 x Pratt and Whitney PT6A-62 turboprop
Thrust
950 shaft horsepower
Length
10.2m (33.5ft)
Height
3.3m (10.8ft)
Wingspan
10.2m (33.5ft)
Weight
3,210 kg (7,076lbs)
Max Speed
590km/h (320kts)
Ceiling
11,580m (37,990 ft)
Range
1,850km (with two underwing tanks)

Description of Aircraft

The Pilatus PC-9 is a single engine, low wing, tandem seat, turboprop training aircraft manufactured by Pilatus of Switzerland. 67 of the two-seat trainers were ordered for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in July 1986 and the first production aircraft for the RAAF flew on 19 May 1987.

The PC-9A was selected to replace the Winjeel as the Forward Air Control (FAC) training aircraft in the early 1990s. Four aircraft were modified for the FAC role and painted in a low-visibility /air superiority grey paint scheme. The aircraft were subsequently designated PC-9A(F). The cockpits were modified to accept an additional UHF/FM radio and basic army-compatible GPS. In addition to the radio modifications, the requirement for target marking resulted in a modification to carry ex-Winjeel smoke grenade dispensing racks.

In 2016 the PC-9A(F) was modified to enable the use of night vision goggles and in 2019 was modified for employment of IZLID infra-red laser pointers for night target marking.

A23-020 (on display) was delivered as the first fully Australian built PC-9A in 1988. The aircraft was located at 2 Flying Training School at RAAF Pearce, Perth, WA and painted in the orange and white colour scheme of the training school. In April 1994 the aircraft was transferred to C Flight, 76 Squadron at RAAF Williamtown, NSW. The following year CFLT was transferred to No 77 Squadron and in January of 2002 the aircraft became part of the newly formed Forward Air Control Development Unit (FACDU). On 3rd of July 2009, 4 Squadron (Forward Air Control) reformed at RAAF Williamtown with the four PC-9A(F) in service.

In November 2019 the aircraft ceased operations and was transferred to Fighter World for display on 17 March 2020.

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