Piaggio P.166. Specifications. A photo.
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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.166 a 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 their purpose, the Piaggio P.166 aircraft could be used to transport passengers and cargo, to perform special flights to patrol the area, etc., and, a little later, the aircraft was also actively used for military purposes, where it could be used in as a search and rescue aircraft, transport aircraft, or 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.

Photo Piaggio P.166

The power plant of the aircraft Piaggio P.166 is very extraordinary, in particular, this is expressed by the fact that both aircraft engines used here perform a pushing, rather than pulling function, as is typical of most aircraft of this type. Depending on the version and modification, the aircraft can be equipped with both piston aircraft engines (the basic prototype has two Lycoming GSO-480-B1C6 engines in 340 hp each) and turboprop engines, which in turn provides the aircraft with a high payload capacity, and a rather high flight speed, depending on the version of the aircraft 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.

Aircraft Piaggio 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 Lycoming IGSO-540-A1C piston engines, each of which is capable of developing power in 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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