Pilatus Pc-9 Military Trainer Aircraft
The Pilatus PC-9 is a Swiss built tandem-stepped seat turboprop trainer based on the lower powered Pilatus PC-7, it entered military service in mid 1984 with the Swiss Air Force and over 250 aircraft have been produced to date, it is currently operated by thirteen different Air Forces world wide. It is of note that Beechcraft is building a variant of the Pilatus PC-9 under licence as the Beechcraft T-6A Texan II for the Joint Primary Pilot Training program, these have been ordered for use by the USAF to replace the Cessna T-37B Tweet, and the USN to replace the Beechcraft T-34C Turbo Mentor currently in use.
|Pilatus PC-9M Specifications:|
- Crew: Instructor and traine pilot
- Length: 10.14 m (33 ft 3 in)
- Wingspan: 10.125 m (33 ft 3 in)
- Height: 3.26 m (10 ft 8 in)
- Empty weight: 1,725 kg (3,803 lb)
- Maximum takeoff weight: 3,200 kg (7,055 lb)
- Engine: Single 857 kW (1,149 hp) Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-62 turboprop
- Maximum speed: 368 mph (593 km/h)
- Stall speed: 143 km/h (89 mph; 77 kn)
- Range: 1,537 km (955 mi; 830 nmi)
- Endurance: 4 hr 30 min
- Service ceiling: 11,580 m (37,992 ft)
Pilatus PC-9M Armament:
- Three hard-points under each wing, inner two 250 kg (550 lb) outer 110 kg (240 lb)
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