The first Pilatus PC-21 trainer for the Spanish Air Force is already carrying out its first phases of ground tests at the Swiss Piltus plant in Stans, where the assembly line for this two-seat turboprop is located.
In the picture that Stephan Widmer took on December 2nd, we can see that this first production aircraft from the Spanish Commission, build number 314, has already been painted in the colors of the Air Force. The military registration number E.27-01 10239 is also estimated, although the unit number 792-01 on which the Swiss temporary civil registration HB-HWA is painted, which is to be used during their test and acceptance flights, is also estimated. before handover to DGAM (General Directorate Armament and Material)
In terms of decoration, it shows the colors of the Spanish national flag on the nose, drift and stabilizers. The ends of the wings are painted red, as is customary in the Air Force training aircraft, while the Spanish cocardas are temporarily painted white. Like the Enaer T-35C Pilln elementary trainers assigned to the AGA (General Air Academy), the propeller hub fairing has a black and white spiral decoration.
The Spanish Ministry of Defense signed a € 204 million contract on January 30, 2020 for the acquisition of 24 of these turboprops, simulators and support services. By that time, the first six aircraft are said to have been delivered in 2020, although the COVID-19 pandemic has forced that forecast to be delayed until next year.
The Air Force will use the Swiss construction model to replace the fleet of C-101 trainers in basic and advanced training tasks within the AGA at the San Javier Air Force Base (Murcia).
To date, the Pilatus 214 PC-21 has delivered to leading air forces such as Saudi Arabia, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, France, Jordan, Qatar, Singapore and Switzerland. (Julio Maz Sanz)
Photo: The first PC-21 for Spain, already during the flight tests with the colors of the Air Force. (Photo Stephan Widmer)
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