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Piaggio P.166. Specifications. A photo.
Piaggio P.166. Specifications. A photo.

Piaggio P.166. Specifications. A photo.


Piaggio P.166 - twin-engine civil aircraft of the Italian production, manufactured by «Piaggio Aero» with 1957 years.


Piaggio P.166a photo


Multiple aircraft Piaggio P.166 was developed by Italian specialists in aircraft manufacturers 1954 year, at the same time as the base model amphibious aircraft was taken to the initial design, which has undergone a sea change, and in fact, is completely different from its prototype.

Depending on its purpose, Piaggio P.166 aircraft could be used for transportation of passengers and goods, performance of special flights to patrol the area and so on, and, a little later, the plane is also used extensively in military applications, which could be used in as a search and rescue aircraft, vehicle air assets, or the same as a patrol aircraft.

Despite the relatively compact dimensions, the plane Piaggio P.166 able to carry on its board until 14 people, including two pilots and passengers 12, which in turn has made it suitable for use in local and regional routes. In addition, due to the presence of a sufficiently powerful propulsion system, the aircraft is able to take on board a cargo total weight of up to 1612 kilogram, with a relative ease of use made it an aircraft of this model a good opportunity.


A photoPiaggio P.166


The power plant of the Piaggio P.166 is very unusual, in particular, it is expressed by the fact that both aircraft engines used here perform a pushing, rather than pulling function, as is typical for most aircraft of this type. Depending on the version and modification, the aircraft can be equipped with piston engine engines (the base prototype has two engines Lycoming GSO-480-B1C6 power in 340 hp each) and turboprops, which in turn provides the aircraft with a high load capacity, And a sufficiently high flight speed, which, depending on the version of the aircraft, is up to 400 km / h.

The military order plane Piaggio P.166 used mainly as a patrol aircraft means, at the same time the aircraft was used as the Italian Air Force and South African Air Force.


AircraftPiaggio P.166


Among the outstanding aircraft modifications should specify the following:

  • Piaggio P.166 - Basic prototype aircraft;
  • Piaggio P.166AL1 - The basic production version of the aircraft, designed to carry on its board until 10 people;
  • Piaggio P.166B Portofino - A modified version, equipped with two piston engines Lycoming IGSO-540-A1C, each of which is capable of power 380 hp .;
  • Piaggio P.166BL2 / APH - Military reconnaissance version of the aircraft;
  • Piaggio P.166SL2 - Civilian cargo version of the plane, allowing to place on the board to 12 passengers;
  • Piaggio P.166DL3 - Light transport version of the aircraft, equipped with two turboprop engines;
  • Piaggio P.166DL3 / APH - A modified version for the Italian Air Force;
  • Piaggio P.166DL3 / MAR - A modified version for the Italian Navy;
  • Piaggio P.166DL3 / SEM - Patrol version of the aircraft, developed by request of the Italian Navy;
  • Piaggio P.166DP1 - A modified version of the aircraft, equipped with two turboprop engines Pratt & Whitney PT6A-121 (615 hp each).
  • Piaggio P.166M - The military version of the aircraft;
  • Piaggio P.166 S Albatros - Search and rescue version of the aircraft developed by order of the South African Air Force.

During the entire production period Italian aircraft manufacturer «Piaggio Aero» was issued more than 150 copies of the aircraft, most of which are still actively used.


Specifications Piaggio P.166.


  • Crew: 2 people;
  • Passenger: 12 people (depending on version);
  • aircraft Length: 11,8 m (depending on version).
  • Wingspan: 14,6 m (depending on version).
  • Plane Height: 5 m (depending on version).
  • Weight of empty aircraft: 2690 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Payload: 1610 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 4300 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Cruising speed: 350 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight speed: 400 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight distance: 2130 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 4860 m .;
  • aircraft engine type: a piston (depending on version);
  • Powerplant: 2 × Lycoming LTP 101-700 (depending on version);
  • Power: 2 × 1200 hp (Depending on version).


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