PC-2 Trainer "1945"

The VFW 614 was produced in small numbers during the early- to mid-1970s by VFW-Fokker, a company resulting from a merger between VFW and the Dutch aircraft company Fokker. However, the program was officially cancelled in 1977, the anticipated sales and thus production having not been achieved.

Pilatus: PC-2 Trainer "1945"

Role Trainer
National origin Switzerland
Manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft
First flight 27 April 1945
Retired 1981
Primary user Swiss Air Force
Number built 55

Pilatus PC-2 Trainer


The Pilatus P-2 is a trainer aircraft designed by Swiss manufacturer Pilatus in 1942

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The Pilatus P-2 is a trainer aircraft designed by Swiss manufacturer Pilatus in 1942 and first flown on April 27, 1945. It was used by the Swiss Air Force from 1946 until 1981. The Pilatus P-2 emerged from an unbuilt project of the Pilatus P-1, which can be seen as a single-seat version of the P-2.

Operational History

First prototype (HB-GAB/A-101/U-101), Argus-powered.
Non-flying static testframe.
Hispano-Suiza HS-12Mb upright V water-cooled engined prototype. Large ventral radiator.
Armed version of P-2-03.

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Crew: 2
Length: 9.07 m (29 ft 9 in)
Wingspan: 11 m (36 ft 1 in)
Height: 2.70 m (8 ft 10 in)
Powerplant: 1 × Argus As 410A-2 V-12 inverted air-cooled piston engine, 280 kW (370 hp) rated at 2,000 m (6,600 ft) ; 347 kW (465 hp) for take-off
Propellers: 2-bladed Argus constant-speed propeller

Maximum speed: 340 km/h (210 mph, 180 kn) at 2,500 m (8,200 ft)
Cruise speed: 332 km/h (206 mph, 179 kn) maximum at 3,300 m (10,800 ft)
Economical cruising speed: 306 km/h (190 mph; 165 kn) at 4,500 m (14,800 ft)
Landing speed: 105 km/h (65 mph; 57 kn)
Never exceed speed: 720 km/h (450 mph, 390 kn)
Range: 865 km (537 mi, 467 nmi) in still air at Economical cruising speed 

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Pilatus P-1


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The company was established on 10 December 1939 by the armament company Oerlikon-Bührle, and construction of a new production building started in March 1940. The company was formed to do maintenance and repairs for the Swiss Air Force, the first work of the new company was assembly of EKW C-35 reconnaissance biplanes from spare parts, and overhaul work on other types