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Klaas Willem Jonker
(Wilko)
† April 30, 2018

On Monday 30 April 2018, Wilko Jonker died after a long illness at the age of 58. He leaves behind a wife and two children. The Dutch military aviation and plastic modeling were his hobby and on this website he shared all the knowledge he has collected over the years. His hobby has been able to distract him from the persistent disease in his body until the last week of his life. The contacts with other hobbyists were a major support for him.

This website will be maintained by different people for as long as possible, so that other enthusiasts can continue to benefit from extensive content.

Pilatus PC-7

History

The Pilatus PC-7 is based on the Pilatus P-3 and the first prototype, actually a P-3 of which the Lycoming engine was replaced by a P & W PT6A-20 turboprop, made its first flight in April 1966.
The program was seriously delayed by a crash and just in 1975 a second prototype, also a converted P-3, made its maiden flight.
There were all kinds of modifications, such as a new wing with integrated fuel tanks, a modified tail and a tear drop cockpit.

In August 1978 the first production exampled rolled out and by the end of the year, the type received its Swiss type certification.
Soon the delivery of the PC-7 to both civilian and military users followed.
The PC-7 Mk. II is actually a development of the PC-9, and adapted to the smaller of the turboprop PC-7. Goal was reducing the cost of operation and maintenance.

Versions.

PC-7:
two seat basic trainer with one Pratt & Whitney PT6A-25A rated 410 kW
PC-7 Mk II:
a development for the SAAF, based on the airframe and avionics of the PC-9, the wing of the PC-7 and one& Pratt & Whitney PT6A-25C rated 522 kW. In fact it is a hybrid of the PC-7 and the PC-9.
NCPC-7:
an upgraded version, developed for the Swiss air force and equipped with a glass cockpit and new avionics.

 

Technical information
Dimensions:
Length: 9,78 m Wingspan: 10,4 m
Height: 3,21 m Wing area: 16,3 m2
Weights:
Empty weight: 1670 kg Max. start weight: 2700 kg
Performances:
Max. speed: 500 km/hr Climbing speed: - m/min
Cruising speed: 412 km/hr    
Range: 1050 km Service ceiling: 10060 m
Miscellaneous:
Engine type: One Pratt & Whitney PT-6A-25A rated 650 hp
Crew: One instructor plus one pupil
Armament: None

 


Since 1989 the Royal Netherlands Air Force operates thirteen Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainers for the flying training at Woensdrecht at the EMVO (Elementary Military Flying School). At first ten aircraft were bought, since 1997 three additional aircraft were bought added.
Since 1995 a standard Pilatus PC-7 is used for display purposes at several events both in the Netherlands and abroad. The team uses two smoke pods under the wings.
It uses two aircraft, one operational demonstration aircraft plus one spare.

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Pilatus L-02, photographed at de Open Day Dutch Air Force, July 1997 at airbase Gilze-Rijen.

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Pilatus L-02, photographed at de Open Day Dutch Air Force, July 1997 at airbase Gilze-Rijen.

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Pilatus L-10, photographed at de Open Day Dutch Air Force, July 1998 at airbase Leeuwarden.

 

In 2006 the aircraft had a new paint scheme overall gloss black with yellow markings applied. The black colour was because of an improved visibility in the air.

Pilatus PC-7 L-1 in het nieuwe kleurenschema

Pilatus L-01 in the new paint scheme, photographed at de Open Day Dutch Air Force, June 2006 at airbase Leeuwarden.

 

A walk-around of the PC-7; photographed at de Open Day Dutch Air Force, June 2009 at airbase Volkel.

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Serial
Serial
Constr. nr.
Constr. nr.
Date in service
Date in service
Date out of service
Date out of service
Notes
notes
L-01 538 26-01-1989   Was HB-HCM
L-02 539 26-01-1989   Was HB-HLV
L-03 540 27-01-1989   Was HB-HLW
L-04 541 27-01-1989   Was HB-HLX
L-05 542 09-03-1989   Was HB-HLY
L-06 543 09-03-1989   Was HB-HLZ
L-07 544 22-05-1989   Was HB-HAN
L-08 545 18-06-1989   Was HB-HAP
L-09 546 10-08-1989   Was HB-HAQ
L-10 547 14-09-1989   Was HB-HAR
L-11 610 11-07-1997    
L-12 611 11-07-1997    
L-13 612 11-07-1997    

 


1/72nd Scale

Kits

  • Aeroclub
    • Kit K022 / K026: Short run kit Pilatus PC7 (KLu, Mexican AF, Chilean Navy) / Pilatus PC7 (Swiss AF,Burma AF, Bolivia AF)
  • Planet
    • Kit 195: A resin kit for a Pilatus PC7 Turbo Trainer; Kit contains vacu canopy and decals for Dutch and Swiss aircraft The smoke pods of the Dutch Demoplanes are also included
  • Scaleworx Resin models
    • Kit 72-10: Pilatus PC7 Mk.II Astra (SAAF) [note: This model is NOT suited for a Dutch version of the PC-7!]
  • Spinner Models
    • Kit XX: Pilatus PC7 Mk.II Astra (SAAF) [note: This model is not suited for a Dutch version of the PC-7!]
Pilatus PC 7 Turbo Trainer AKleijn
A model of a Pilatus PC-7 Turbotrainer, built by Adri Kleijn.

 

Modelling add-on

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Decals

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1/48th Scale

Kits

  • Anáhuac Models
    • Kit 1: PC-7 Pilatus (resin)

Modelling add-on

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Decals

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Since about 2007 the PC-7 has an new overall black colour scheme. This scheme was first applied to Pilatus L-01 in 2004.
This colour scheme is chosen because of flight safety. Research has shown that a black silhouette shows a better visibility against the sky than the earlier colour scheme of yellow and red.

SchemeColour nameFS-numberBS-numberRALHumbrolXtraColorVallejo Model ColorVallejo Model Air
Standard #1: Delivery schemeOverall Yellow     1023 69 X108   71.002
parts Red     3020 174 X014 70.909  
parts White     9010 130      
New scheme from about 2004
Standard #2Overall Black     9005 33   70.950  
parts Yellow     1023 69 X108   71.002

Check www.paint4models.com for an extensive conversion table with lots of colour and paint systems.

Pilatus PC-7-1-SMALL
Pilatus PC-7 in the delivery scheme
Pilatus PC-7-2-SMALL
Pilatus PC-7 in the second scheme of overall black, applied from about 2004 (at least Pilatus L-01 had this scheme applied) .
Pilatus PC-7-3-SMALL
Pilatus PC-7 in the current definitive scheme of overall black, somewhat different from the original second colour scheme.

 


Literature.

Luchtvaartwereld; 5e jaargang nummer 9: De Pilatus PC-7 Turbotrainer. Hans Heerkens Pag. 112 - 115 1988 Uitgeverij Ten Brink, Meppel
Luchtvaartwereld; 6e jaargang nummer 3: Pilatus PC-7   Pag. 69 - 1989 Uitgeverij Ten Brink, Meppel
Squadrons van de Koninklijke Luchtmacht (derde herzien druk) Willem Helfferich Pag. 55 - 56 1994 Uitgevers Wyt, Rotterdam
Camouflage en Kentekens J.Greuter e.a.   1997 Bonneville – Bergen (NH)

 

Websites.

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