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SHORT SC.7 SKYVAN

The angular design of the twin-turboprop Short SC-7 Skyvan earned it the nickname the "flying shoebox". A more appropriate nickname, though, would be the "flying truck": with a generous 2 m high interior, there is ample space for bulky cargo and loads of up to 1.8 tonnes or 19 passengers. The design of the Skyvan, which was developed from the late 1950s, made it ideal for transporting freight and supplies, as well as for skydiving operations (for which it is still used today). The fixed-wing aircraft also had excellent short take-off and landing capabilities. It was also a favourite with the Austrian Air Force, which operated two Skyvans between 1969 and 2007, completing a total of 32,000 flights.

One of them is on display at the Militärluftfahrtmuseum Zeltweg (Aircraftmuseum Zeltweg) at Hinterstoisser Air Base, to which admission is free during AIRPOWER16. The Aviation PhotoCrew from Belgium will also be featuring their Skyvan as part of the Static Display and will paint their aircraft in the livery of the Armed Forces aircraft of the time especially for the occasion.

  • © Aviation Photocrew

  • © Aviation Photocrew

  • © Aviation Photocrew

  • © Aviation Photocrew

  • © Aviation Photocrew

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Facts & Figures

Manufacturer Short Brothers
Registration number G-PIGY
Length 12.21 m / 40 ft
Wingspan 19.78 m / 64 ft
Height 4.6 m / 15 ft
Max. takeoff weight 5,670 kg / 12,500 lbs
Empty weight 3,934 kg / 8,673 lbs
Max. payload 1,736 kg / 3,827 lbs
Service ceiling 6,096 m / 20,000 ft
Range 1,285 km / 694 nmi
Max. speed 370 km/h / 200 kn
Powerplant 2 × Garrett TPE331
Power 2 x 715 hp
Crew / passengers 1-3 / 19
Display Static