PILATUS PC-6 "TURBO PORTER"
At AIRPOWER16 you will see two planes of this type.
The PC-6 of the Austrian Air Force is used to drop parachutists - during deployment and exercises as well as at events like AIRPOWER16. Besides that it is used for transports and liaison flights. The PC-6 can take off and land on very short airstrips and can be equipped with skids for landing in snowy terrain. Other uses for the PC-6 include aerial photography, the role of aerial target for surface-to-air firing as part of air defence and for air-to-air firing as well as fighting forest fires, which will be demonstrated at AIRPOWER16.
The PC-6 of the Flying Bulls was formerly employed as a medical evacuation, passenger and cargo plane in the jungle of Ecuador. Nowadays, after complete restoration, it is primarily used as a jumping base for the professional parachutists of the Red Bull Skydive Team and the members of HSV Red Bull Salzburg
Facts & Figures
|Manufacturer||Pilatus Aircraft Ltd., Switzerland|
|In use in the AAF since||1976|
|Max. Weight||2,800 kg|
|Maximum speed||272 km/h|
|Cruising speed||232 km/h|
|Service ceiling||7.500 m|
|Powerplant||Pratt & Whitney PT 6A-27|
|Display||Flying + Static|