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
Focke-Wulf
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

Development

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]

Operators

 Germany
 Israel
 Italy
 Nigeria
  Switzerland
 Tanzania
 Uganda
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

Performance

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

Armament

See also

Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References

  1. Gandet 2001, pp. 42–43.
  2. Wheeler 1980, p. 1339.
  3. Piaggio P-149D
  4. "Piaggio P.149D". Israeli Airforce Website. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  5. "Italian Air Force". aeroflight. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  6. Jowett, Philip (2016). Modern African Wars (5): The Nigerian-Biafran War 1967-70. Oxford: Osprey Publishing Press. p. 17. ISBN 978-1472816092.
  7. Donald 1997, p. 735.
  8. Wheeler 1980, p. 1374.
  • Donald, David. The Encyclopedia of World Aircraft. Leicester, UK: Blitz Editions, 1997. ISBN 1-85605-375-X.
  • Gandet, Erich. "'Wulf' in Sheep's Clothing: Farewell to Swissair's P.149s". Air Enthusiast. No. 92. March/April 2001. ISSN 0143-5450. pp. 42–43.
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985), 1985, Orbis Publishing, Page 2714.
  • Stevens, James Hay. "Fully Aerobatic Four-Seater". Flight, 18 July 1958, p. 73.
  • Wheeler, Barry C. "World's Air Forces 1980". Flight International, 4 October 1980. pp. 1323–1378.
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