Piaggio P.149

The Piaggio P.149 is a 1950s Italian utility and liaison aircraft designed and built by Piaggio. The aircraft was built under licence by Focke-Wulf in West Germany as the FWP.149D.

Piaggio P.149
Role Utility liaison or training monoplane
Manufacturer Piaggio Aero
First flight 19 June 1953
Primary users German Air Force
Swissair Flying School
Number built 88 (Piaggio)
190 (Focke-Wulf)
Developed from Piaggio P.148


The P.149 was developed as a four-seat touring variant of the earlier P.148. The P.149 is an all-metal, low-wing cantilever monoplane with a retractable tricycle landing gear with room for four or five occupants. The prototype first flew on 19 June 1953.

Only a few were sold, until the German Air Force selected the aircraft for a training and utility role. Piaggio delivered 72 aircraft to Germany, and another 190 were built in Germany by Focke-Wulf as the FWP.149D.

Operational history

The aircraft was operated by the German Air Force between 1957 and 1990.

Swissair's Flying School based at Bern (Belp) airfield used a small fleet of the type to provide primary instruction to trainee pilots.[1]


Ugandan Air Force[8]

Specifications (P.149D)

Data from The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985), 1985, Orbis Publishing, Page 2714

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: three or four passengers or one trainee
  • Length: 8.80 m (28 ft 10½ in)
  • Wingspan: 11.12 m (36 ft 5¾ in)
  • Height: 2.90 m (9 ft 6¼ in)
  • Wing area: 18.85 m2 (202.91 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 1,160 kg (2,557 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,680 kg (3,704 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming GO-480 B1A6 flat-six geared piston engine, 142 kW (270 hp) each


  • Maximum speed: 234 km/h (145 mph)
  • Range: 925 km (575 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 5,000 m (16,404 ft)


See also

Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


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