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Percival P.66 Pembroke
Percival Pembroke C.1 of Bomber Command Communications Squadron at Blackbushe Airport Hampshire in September 1956
Role Light transport
Manufacturer Percival Aircraft Company
First flight 21 November 1952
Introduced 1953
Retired 1988
Primary user Royal Air Force
Produced 1953-1958
Number built 128

The Percival Pembroke was a British high-wing twin-engined light transport aircraft built by the Percival Aircraft Company, later Hunting Percival.

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Development

The Pembroke was a development of the Percival Prince civil transport. It had a longer wing to permit a higher fully laden weight. The prototype flew on 21 November 1952. Production was complete in early 1958.

Service

It entered service with the Royal Air Force as the Percival Pembroke C.1 in 1953 to replace the Avro Anson for light transport duties. As with other RAF transports passenger seats are rearward facing for improved safety.

Six were produced as the Pembroke C(PR). 1 photographic reconnaissance aircraft. these saw use by No.81 Squadron RAF during the Malayan Emergency. The RAF's Pembrokes were modified to extend their lifespan in 1970. The last unit to use them was No. 60 Squadron RAF based at RAF Wildenrath in Germany, these were withdrawn from use in 1988 and were replaced by the Hawker Siddeley Andover.

The Finnish Air Force operated two aircraft for aerial photography between 1956 to 1968, on behalf of the National Land Survey of Finland. One of the aircraft was destroyed when it hit a snow wall during landing in 1965. The other aircraft is currently stored at the Aviation Museum of Central Finland.[1]

Survivors

Preserved Pembroke C.1 WV740 giving a flying display

Pembroke C.1 WV740 (G-BNPH) is privately maintained in RAF markings in the U.K. (2009) and gives flying displays.

Pembroke Mk. 51 s/n K66-B4001 is located at the Essex County Airport in Fairfield, New Jersey. The aircraft was built in 1953 and last served with the Belgium Air Force. The left engine is inoperable and the aircraft is damaged and in a deteriorated condition. It was offered as a warbird contest prize in spring 2009.

Pembroke Mk 51 s/n K66-4002 reported to be located at Pierce County Airport, Washington State. Total time ac 5757.5, port engine 6 smoh,starboard engine 2679.9 smoh,prop times unk. Aircraft was fairyable 9/11/20001. It has been at the Pierce County Airport since. Could be fairyable again in a short time. As of this date, 11JAN10.

Variants

Privately-owned Hunting Percival P-66 Pembroke C1 takes off in 2008
  • P.66 Pembroke C1 - Communications and transport version for the RAF, 44 built.
  • P.66 Pembroke C(PR)1 - Photographic reconnaissance version for the RAF, 6 built and 2 conversions from C1.
  • P.66 Pembroke C51 - export version for Belgium.
  • P.66 Pembroke C52 - export version for Sweden. Swedish military designation Tp 83.
  • P.66 Pembroke C53 - export version for Finland.
  • P.66 Pembroke C54 - export version for West Germany.
  • P.66 President - Civil transport version, 5 built.

Operators

Luftwaffe Pembroke C.54 preserved at the Junior Museum, Hermeskeil, Germany, in June 2007
 Belgium
 Denmark
 Finland
 Germany
 Rhodesia
 Sweden
 Sudan
 United Kingdom
 Zambia

Specifications (Pembroke C.1)

Pembroke C1 Silh.jpg

Data from Gatwick museum Pembroke page

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two pilots
  • Capacity: 8 passengers
  • Length: 46 ft (14.02 m)
  • Wingspan: 64 ft 6 in (19.66 m)
  • Height: 16 ft (4.9 m)
  • Empty weight: 9,961 lb (4,400 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 13,489 lb (6,124 kg)
  • Powerplant:Alvis Leonides 127 9-cylinder supercharged radial piston engines, 540 hp (410 kw) each

Performance

See also

Comparable aircraft

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References

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Notes

  1. ^ Keskinen et al.: Suomen museolentokoneet p. 48, (1981), Forssa, Tietoteos, ISBN 951-9035-60-5

Bibliography

  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985) London: Orbis Publishing, 1985.
  • Jackson, A.J. British Civil Aircraft since 1919 (Volume 3). London: Putnam, 1974. ISBN 0-370-10014-X.
  • Jefford, Wing Commander C.G., MBE,BA,RAF (Retd). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 2001. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.
  • Sturtivant, Ray, ISO and John Hamlin. RAF Flying Training And Support Units since 1912. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 2007. ISBN 0-85130-365-X.

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