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Pilatus P-3
Pilatus P3-03 - N303G - Military Training Aircraft
1956 Pilatus P3-03 N303G (sn 328)
Photo taken Jul. 27, 2010 @ Oshkosh (EAA AirVenture Fly-in), WI - USA (OSH / KOSH)
Photo © Marcel Siegenthaler

The Pilatus P-3 was a military training aircraft built by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland. The plane was designed for primary and advanced training (including night flying, aerobatics and instrument flying). The military version was designated P-3-03. It was of all-metal construction with a retractable tricycle undercarriage and tandem seating. There was provision for underwing racks for light practice bombs or rockets and a machine gun in a pod below the port wing.

The first prototype was built in 1953 and flew on September 3 the same year.

The Swiss Air Force received 72 examples of this aircraft while the Brazilian Navy acquired 6. The Swiss Air Force used the P-3 as a training aircraft until 1983, although it continued to be used as a liaison aircraft for another decade. In 1993-1995 65 ex-Swiss Air Force aircraft were sold to a private market.


  • Brazil
    Brazilian Navy
  • Switzerland
    Swiss Air Force

Specifications (Pilatus P-3-03)

General characteristics
Crew: two, student and instructor
Length: 8.75 m (28 ft 8 in)
Wingspan: 10.40 m (34 ft 1 in)
Height: 3.05 m (10 ft)
Wing area: 16.55 m² (177.6 ft²)
Empty: 1,090 kg (2,400 lb)
Loaded: 1,500kg (3,300 lb)
Maximum takeoff: 1,530 kg (3,374 lb)
Powerplant: 1x Lycoming GO-435-C2-A2, 6 cylinder horizontally opposed, 180 kW (240 hp)

Maximum speed: 310 km/h (194 mph)
Economical cruising speed: 255 km/h (155 mph)
Minimum speed: 100 km/h (62 mph)
Range: 650 km (406 miles)
Service ceiling: 5,500 m (18,040 ft)
Rate of climb: 7.0 m/s (1,380 ft/min) at sea level
Wing loading: 90.6 kg/m² (18.5 lb/ft²)
Power/Mass: 0.12 kW/kg (0.072hp/lb)

Last updated September 21, 2010
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