JEROEN VOGELAAR: Aviation Photographs

Switzerland

Pilatus PC-9

Pilatus PC-9 HB-HPJ Pilatus Aircraft

The Pilatus PC-9 is a single-engine, low-wing tandem-seat turboprop training aircraft manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland.

  • Role: Advanced Trainer aircraft
  • Manufacturer: Pilatus Aircraft
  • Designer: Pilatus Aircraft
  • First flight: 7 May 1984
  • Introduction: 1984 – present
  • Status: Active service
  • Number built: 265
  • Developed from: Pilatus PC-7
  • Developed into: T-6 Texan II

Pilatus PC-9 HB-HPJ Demo Pilatus Aircraft

Military operators

  • Royal Australian Air Force
  • Bulgarian Air Force
  • Croatian Air Force
  • Chadian Air Force
  • Cyprus Air Forces
  • Irish Air Corps
  • Mexican Air Force
  • Myanmar Air Force
  • Royal Air Force of Oman
  • Royal Saudi Air Force
  • Slovenian Air Force and Air Defence
  • Swiss Air Force
  • Royal Thai Air Force

Former military operators

  • National Air Force of Angola
  • Luftwaffe
  • United States Army

Pilatus PC-9 HB-HPJ Demo Pilatus Aircraft

Specifications (PC-9M)

General characteristics

  • Crew: one or two pilots
  • Length: 10.14 m (33 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.125 m (33 ft 3 in)
  • Height: 3.26 m (10 ft 8 in)
  • Wing area: 16.29 m2 (175.3 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 1,725 kg (3,803 lb)
  • Gross weight: 2,350 kg (5,181 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 3,200 kg (7,055 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-62 turboprop, 857 kW (1,149 hp) flat-rated at 708 kW (950 shp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 593 km/h (368 mph; 320 kn)
  • Cruising speed: 556 km/h (345 mph; 300 kn) at 7,620 m (25,000 ft)
  • Stall speed: 143 km/h (89 mph; 77 kn) EAS flaps and gear up, 128 km/h (80 mph; 69 kn) flaps and gear down
  • Range: 1,537 km (955 mi; 830 nmi)
  • Endurance: 4 hr 30 min
  • Service ceiling: 11,580 m (37,992 ft)
  • g limits: + 7.0 g to −3.5 g
  • Rate of climb: 20.8 m/s (4,090 ft/min)
  • Take-off distance over 50 ft (15 m) obstacle at sea level: 1,280 ft (391 m)
  • Landing distance over 50 ft (15 m) obstacle at sea level: 2,295 ft (700 m)

Armament

  • Hardpoints: Three hardpoints under each wing, inner two rated at 250 kg (550 lb), outer rated at 110 kg (240 lb)

Pilatus PC-9 C-406 Zielflugstaffe Swiss Air Force

Patrouille Suisse

Patrouille Suisse and Swiss Airbus A330

The Patrouille Suisse is an aerobatic team of the Swiss Air Force. The team flies six Northrop F-5E Tiger II fighter/bomber jets.

  • Active: 8 August 1964 – present
  • Country: Switzerland
  • Branch: Swiss Air Force
  • Role: Aerobatic team
  • Size: 9 officers, 21 ground crew
  • Colors: Red, White

Aircraft

Air Show Calendar Patrouille Suisse 2015

30-31 May – Meeting de l’Air BA126 Solenzara, BA126 Ventiseri-Solenzara, France

19-21 Jun – Jubiläumsfest / Armeeausstellung Morgarten 2015, Morgarten, Switzerland

27 Jun – Red Pigs Festival : Patrouille Suisse display, Payerne, Switzerland

27-28 Jun – Oris Ambri Fly-In 2015, Ambri Aerodrome, Ambri, Switzerland

19 Jul – Bray Air Display 2015, Bray Seafront, Ireland

25 Jul – Basel Tattoo : Patrouille Suisse display, Basel, Switzerland

25 Jul – Seenachtsfest Spiez : Patrouille Suisse display, Spiez, Switzerland

31 Jul – Brunnen 1. Augustfeier : Patrouille Suisse display, Brunnen, Switzerland

02 Aug – Crédit Agricole Suisse Open, Gstaad, Switzerland

22-23 Aug – Radom Air Show 2015, Radom-Sadkow AB, Poland

05-06 Sep – Frecce Tricolori 50th Anniversary Airshow, Rivolto Air Base, Udine, Italy

18 Sep – Sanicole Sunset Airshow, Vliegveld Leopoldsburg, Hechtel, Belgium

20 Sep – Sanicole International Airshow, Vliegveld Leopoldsburg, Hechtel, Belgium

07-08 Oct – Axalp Swiss Air Force Live Fire Demo, Axalp-Ebenfluh, Brienz, Switzerland