The Swiss Army knife of the sky
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and never has this saying been more apt than when describing the unusual dimensions of the Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter.
Rather than being personified by the conventional blended aerodynamic aesthetics one might associate with ‘pretty’ aircraft, the Swiss STOL machine features plenty of straight lines and right angles, a boxy fuselage and a giant nose that measures 9ft from spinner cone to firewall.
Design and history
It is a utilitarian aircraft in its purest form, designed to be flown in and out of short unprepared landing sites normally only accessible by rotorcraft. In order to achieve this, Pilatus combined a 52ft-wide high lift NACA airfoil with a powerful Pratt & Whitney PT6A- 27 turboprop powerplant, giving the airframe incredible payload-lifting capability at very slow airspeeds.