This is the first post dedicated to the Pilatus TurboPorter type – seen in Austrian services. Some walk around pictures will be in the beginning of the article and we will be coming deeper into details continuously. The photographic material is relatively vast so it had to be divided into several separate articles. At first we will begin with some outer details. Then, for instance the whole cockpit, opened engine compartment and further surface details will come later on.
All these three differently “dressed” Pilatuses were standing side by side during Brumowski doors open day. You can compare their beauty here:
– two planes wearing nice civil liveries:
– and a military camouflaged machine too:
1/ Walk around
Let us make several steps around to meet the military bird.
There was no chance to continue circling the plane, because of crawds waiting for a look inside it. You do not need to worry though – this side will be documented thoroughly later. Now let us look closer instead.
2/ Nose & Propeller
This is the propeller and spinner close up. Please note the multiple coloration of the prop surface.
There were two stickers on each prop blade:
This one is closer to to the spinner (upper picture).
Please note: the picture below is rotated 90 degrees to the right – to make the sticker better readable.
The long nose section is a typical feature of this plane. Note the color difference between the engine cowling and the section behind it:
And some more cowling surface details (upper picture) and exhaust detail (lower picture). The exact placement of propeller stickers is well visible on these shots.
3/ Central section
Now we can look backwards – under the wing.
This is the nice main undercarriage detail from Juraj Bojkovský (upper picture) and the pilot ‘s door close up (lower picture).
The typical windscreen bubble-like profile and many more inspirations to enhance your model-kits:-). Please note the pilot door’s shape.
The wide cabin doors are a bit unusual too. Left-hand (port) side large cabin doors have hinges while right-side (starboard) are a sliding type instead.
Looking closer we can see the main undercarriage better.
Now let us move backwards – closer to the tail. The camera is held higher to show us the fuselage top. Numerous aerials and lights placed on the spine are always the eye catching details for every modeler.
4/ Tail section
Another very typical Porter’s feature is the large and nearly rectangular vertical and horizontal stabilizers.
The camo color varied markedly in this area. You can compare the color of the whole rudder to the vertical stabilizer color for instance.
This is a close up of the rudder static discharge wicks:
And the rudder trim actuator in detail:
This is the far left end of the elevator with its static discharge wicks:
Please also note the elevator trim actuators (upper and lower pictures).
c/ Tail wheel
The tail undercarriage as seen from two different angles.
Please also note the guard (made of rods or tubes) mounted under the fuselage and in front of the undercarriage to protect it.
Here you can see further details concerning the tail wheel and elevator central area just behind the rudder (lower picture). The camera is in the airplane center line – looking towards the airplane nose from above the elevator.
Now the camera moved a bit closer and up:
And a bit closer again.
The (lower) picture was manipulated to see the structures otherwise hidden in the dark shade.
a/ Wing surface details
What you see is the top-side of the left-hand (port) side wing and a flap. Please also note the skin details and color variations of otherwise monochromatic olive green camouflage:
The same area – but in a closer look is below. Also do not miss the aerials positioned on the fuselage top.
Now the camera is moving off the fuselage towards the (left-hand) wing tip to show you the whole wing trailing edge surface details…
… and the elevator static discharge wicks (picture below).
b/ Wing pylon & Wing tank
When we look under the same (left-hand) wing – we can see the auxiliary wing tank attached to the wing pylon (lower picture).
Wing pylon in the side view – camera is looking toward the airplane off the wing tip (picture below):
The same pylon but its inner side – camera is looking toward the wing tip and (towards) the tank front end (following picture):
And two more wing tank shots from both sides:
We are looking towards the plane fuselage (upper picture) and towards the wing tip (lower picture).
Please note the flap hinge...
… and the slot between the flap and the rest of the wing.
c/ Wing tip
This is the left-hand (port) side wing tip:
The position light and landing light locations are well visible here (upper picture). Also note the left aileron and its trim.
The position light in detail (lower picture).
And the landing light too:
All the posted shots were taken outdoors – directly in front of the Brumowski Air Base air base control tower. Another Pilatus was displayed indoor – inside the maintenance hangar. This one was partly dismantled showing the engine compartment. Visitors were able to enter the cockpit too. Don ‘t worry – everything was documented thoroughly of course – and will be posted here later, as was promised above.
Post Scriptum: This info-panel (picture below) placed next to the plane at Brumowski Base can serve all of you who like to know the main Pilatus Porter data and its role in the Austrian army:
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Images Copyright © 2013 by Marcel Meres & Juraj Bojkovský.
Text Copyright © 2013 by Marcel Meres.