The Second World War in Europe was winding rapidly down, when the Swiss aviation concern, Pilatus Flugzeugwerke AG, rolled out a prototype of their new trainer – the first flight coming on 27th April 1945, not long before VE Day. Designed to be produced as quickly and economically as possible, the Swiss company used as many components from their German aircraft stocks as possible. The tailwheel, some canopy components and the main undercarriage and fairings were from the Bf109s the Swiss had bought from Messerschmitt. The engine was an air-cooled inverted V-12 Argus AS410-A2 of some 485hp, as used in such Luftwaffe aircraft as the Focke-Wulf Fw189 and the Arado Ar96 trainer. This gave a maximum speed of 211 mph, a range of 530 miles and a respectable initial climb rate of 1,280 ft/min. One interesting feature is the finned spinner; this rotated and provided power to the actuator of the variable-pitch propeller, a Hoffman Argus L22.
Fifty two of these handsome aircraft were taken on charge by the Swiss Air Force, half as dual control trainers, the P-2-05, and half as weapons trainers (armed with a synchronized machinegun in the nose, light bombs and rockets), the P-2-06. The P2 had a long and useful life, finally being retired in 1981. After disposal onto the civilian market, they proved to be extremely popular with the ‘warbird' fraternity, and have appear (painted as Luftwaffe aircraft) in a number of feature films like ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade'.
Our Pilatus P2-05 - serial 600-30 - was build in 1946 and is registered as G-PTWO nowadays. Like the Stearman and Harvard, the P2 is based in Pilsen (Czech) and available for air displays and Film/Photo work.
Engine: Argus AS-410A-2
Wing Span: 11,0 m
Length: 9,07 m
Take-off weight: 1970 kg
Maximum Speed: 600 km/h
Ceiling: 6600 m
Range: 865 km
|Radim was born in 1977. He started as a glider pilot at the beginning of 90's. After a short spell as a pure glider pilot he gained his PPL on Zlin 126 and remained a big fan of tailwheel Zlins till today. He flew competition aerobatics up to the Advanced category with the Zlin 50 for almost nine years winning the national championship in Intermediate category three times. Starting with aerobatic displays on the Zlin 526 then later on he stepped up to display Harvard and Pilatus P2-05.Radim has logged 8500hrs in 41 types of aircraft and works as an B737 captain.
|Jiri is an enthusiastic pilot who has been immersed in aviation from a very young age. Jiri got involved with aircraft engineering when he was 15, and learnt to fly on gliders the same year. He is still active glider pilot with many 500km cross-country flights. Jiri owns a Cirrus 75 glider with his wife Olga. She is a glider instructor and holds a PPL.He started to fly historic aircraft during his basic training back in early 90-ties in aeroclub – he was trained on 1953 Zlin 126. Since this time he loves everything with tail wheel. He is a display pilot flying his Stearman and from 2013 season the AT-6 Harvard Mk.II also acts as Pilatus P-2 ferry pilot.Jiri is interested in warbirds maintenance and management. He is a founder of Classic Trainers, organization which plays a significant role in Czech warbird scene.He is now an A 320 captain with a British based airline. Jiri has more than 11.000 hours from which 1600 are on 35 different mostly single engine aircraft and gliders. He loves an aerobatic flying with Zlins and Harvard.