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by Markus Herzig

Updated: 21-May-2009

The PILATUS PORTER World PILATUS PORTER
CURRENT STATUS
PRODUCTION LIST
HISTORY
50 YEARS AND STILL GOING STRONG
On May 4, 2009 it's 50 years ago since the maiden flight of the Pilatus PC-6 Porter. A remarkable milestone considering that the PC-6 is still in production. No other commuter airplane has been produced longer and only 4 other aircraft at all are longer in production than the Porter. To celebrate this anniversary of the World's leading STOL, www.pc-6.com is publishing a unique flashback in chronological order pointing out in pictures most major steps in the PC-6 history.
 
1959 - 1964 PRODUCTION: 72 AIRCRAFT

4-May-1959
1st flight of the PC-6 - Lycoming GSO-480-B1A6
Photo by Pilatus Flugzeugwerke AG © 1959

5-Feb-1960
1st flight PC-6/275 - 260 SHP Lycoming GO-480-D1A
Photo courtesy by Bundesarchiv © 1960

Apr-1960
1st World Record: highes fixed wing a/c ldg 5750m
Photo by Max Eiselin/PVA © 1960

8-Aug-1960
1st PC-6 exported with #341 OH-POA to Finmap
Photo by Air Britain Library © 1960

31-Jan-1961
Delivery of #346 & 347 to USOM for ops in Nepal
Photo courtesy by Bundesarchiv © 1961

Jan-Sep-1961
Delivery of #344 & 350 to CICR for ops in Nepal
Photo by CICR Geneva © 1961

Apr-1961
Delivery of 4 a/c to customers in Germany
Photo by Pilatus Flugzeugwerke © 1961

2-May-1961
1st flight PC-6/A - 523 SHP Turbomeca Astazou II E
Photo by Pilatus Flugzeugwerke © 1961

8-Jun-1961
1st of 2 a/c delivered to KLM Aerocarto
Photo by Jack Wolbrink © 1965

23-Aug-1961
1st of 8 a/c delivered to Wien Alaska, 1st to USA
Photo courtesy Nicky Scherer © 1963


1-Dec-1961
1st Flight PC-6/350 - Lycoming IGO-540-A1A
Photo by R.T. Jackson © 1963

10-Jan-1962
1st Astazou delivered - to Air Alpes in France
Photo by Alain Geneve © 1971

May-1962
1st PC-6 on floats (EDO) for tests in Sweden
Photo courtesy by Walter Blumer jun. © 1962

22-May-1962
1st of 10 a/c delivered to Bird & Sons, 1st to SE-Asia
Photo by C.Mogridge © May-62

15-Aug-1962
1st of 5 a/c delivered to NCA
Photo courtesy by Pilatus Aircraft © May-62

23-Nov-1962
1st of 3 a/c delivered to Japan for Itoh C. & Co Ltd
Photo by Peter Keating © 1960s

4-Apr-1963
1st PC-6 delivered to Italy
Photo by Peter Keating © 1964

May-1963
Swiss Air Force evaluation with PC-6/350 & PC-6/A
Photo by Swiss Air Force © 1965

Dec-1963
2 PC-6/A delivered to Fairchild for USAF evaluation
Photo by Les Strouse © 1964

Feb-1964
The first and so far only PC-6 is registered in China
Photo by Capt. John Tarn © Nov-65

May-1964
1st PC-6 registered in Nigeria opb MAF / FDS
Photo collection Alain Geneve © 1964

2-May-1964
1st Flight PC-6/B - 550 SHP P&W PT6A-6A
Photo by Fairchild HIller © 1964

17-Oct-1964
1st 3 of 12 a/c delivered to Merpati in Indonesia
Photo by H.B.Burgunder/Flugarchiv GR © 1965

2-Nov-1964
1st a/c delivered to Air America
Photo by Macaense © 1965

2-Nov-1964
A license agreement with Fairchild-Hiller is signed
Photo courtesy by Steven Styles © 1967
     
1965 - 1969 PRODUCTION: 135 AIRCRAFT LICENSE PROD: 70 AIRCRAFT

17-Jan-1965
The PC-6 is in evaluation by the Swedish Air Force
Photo by Pilatus Flugzeugwerke © 1965

24-Jul-1965
Delivery of the 1st of 3 a/c to Papuan Airlines
Photo by Peter Keating © Jun-65

Oct-1965
1st Flight PC-6/C - Garrett AiResearch TPE-331-25D
Photo by Chris Kennedy © Sep-66

25-Oct-1965
The 1st PC-6 is registered to Air Glaciers
Photo Archive Peter Schwärzer © 1964

13-Dec-1965
1st 4 of 17 deliveries to CASI, Bird & Sons sucessor
Photo by Derek Hine via John Phillips © Dec-65

2-May-1966
100th PC-6 delivered ex Stans
Photo by Peter Bird © 1971

18-May-1966
1st flight PC-6/B1-H2 - 550 SHP P&W PT6A-20
Photo by Pilatus Flugzeugwerke AG © 1966

27-Sep-1966
Delivery of a new a/c to British Antarctic Survey
Photo by British Antarctic Survey © 1967

25-Oct-1966
Delivery of HB-FCF to Schweiz.Eidg - still active !
Photo by Markus Herzig © 2000

25-Oct-1966
1st of 12 PC-6/H2M for the Swiss Air Force delivered
Photo by Sam Iselin © 6-Jun-70

Feb-1967
1st Flight PC-6/B2-H2 - 680 SHP P&W PT6A-27
Photo by Stephen Miller © 24-May-72

23-Mar-1967
1st a/c delivered to Forrestair for ops in Antarctica
Photo © by Robbin Waterhouse

Mar-1967
First of 6 deliveries to Intermountain Aviation
Photo © by John P.Stewart

14-Apr-1967
1st of 2 PC-6 delivered to Norway
Photo by O.Furulund © 1967

5-May-1967
1st Flight PC-6/A1-H2 - 573 SHP Astazou XII
Photo collection Markus Herzig © Apr-69

Jun-1967
1st flight AU-23 Pacemaker - TPE-331-1-101F
Photo by Fairchild Corporation © 1960s

Jun-1967
1st deliveries to NAO for spray ops in Sudan
Photo by Paul Schüpbach © 22-Jun-77

Oct-1967
1st registered PC-6 in Ethiopia
Photo by Nicky Scherer © Nov-88

2-Nov-1967
Delivery of 2 new a/c to Snowy Mountains Authority
Photo Mike Madden/Tony Arbon col. © 1973

28-Nov-1967
1st flight PC-8D - 2x Lycoming IO-540-G1 B
Photo by Nicky Scherrer © 1968

8-Jan-1968
1st of 12 Heli-Porter delivered to Texaco
Photo by Martin E.Siegrist © 1980

8-Jan-1968
1st 4 of 19 PC-6 delivered  to the Australian Army
Photo Mike Madden/Tony Arbon collection

28-Jan-1968
1st two a/c registered for joint venture CIBA-Pilatus
Photo by Paul Schüpbach © 23-May-76

Apr-1968
1st PC-6 registered in Kenya
Photo Archive Markus Herzig © 1969

19-Aug-1968
1st PC-6 registered in Lesotho
Photo Archive Markus Herzig © 1968

15-Nov-1968
2nd World Record - flying altitude of 13'485m
Photo by Peter Keating © 1969

23-Jan-1969
1st flight PC-6/C1-H2 - Garrett TPE-331-1-100
Photo by Pilatus Flugzeugwerke © 1969

May-1969
Delivery of 1st 4 of 9 Heli-Porter to Thai Border Police
Photo by Francisco Agullo © May-89

18-Jun-1969
Delivery of 2 new a/c to Greece for spraying ops
Photo by Paul Schüpbach © 31-Aug-76

20-Jul-1969
Armstrong is 1st on the moon - Zimex 1st in the Sahara
Photo Archive Markus Herzig © 1982
     
1970 - 1979 PRODUCTION: 91 AIRCRAFT LICENSE PROD: 22 AIRCRAFT

3-Apr-1970
1st flight PC-6D - 500 SHP Lycoming TIO-720-C1A2
Photo by Pierre Lesieutre © 1970

9-Mar-1971
200th PC-6 delivered ex Stans
Photo by Hanspeter Zuercher © 1985

20-Apr-1971
Delivery of the 31st PC-6 in the fleet of CASI
Photo by Paul Schüpbach © 21-Apr-71

10-May-1971
Delivery of 1st 2 Heli-Porter to Ejercito Ecuador
Photo by Kirby Crawford © 1973

Jun-1971
1st PC-6 registered in Panama
Photo Archive Markus Herzig © Feb72

12-Jul-1971
1st PC-6 for Royal Nepal Airlines
Photo by Pilatus Aircraft © 1971

Dec-1971
Delivery of 1st four Heli-Porter to the Argentine Navy
Photo by Al Maye © Dec-71

Jan-1972
USAF evaluation of STOL with 15 Fairchild AU-23A
Photo by T.H.Brewer via G.Markgraf © 13-Jun-72

Feb-1972
1st PC-6 registered in Belgium
Photo Archiv Markus Herzig

22-Feb-1972
1 a/c delivered to Caritas Suisse for ops in Bangladesh
Photo by Heinz Meier © 1985

May-1972
Test with a Pohwaro 2500 kp take off rocket
Photo by Paul Schüpbach © May-72

Jul-1972
Air America's last PC-6 in the fleet - the 36th PC-6 !
Photo courtesy by Tom © 1973

Nov-1972
Royal Thai AIr Force take over 14 ex USAF AU-23
Photo by Jirayu Hiranyavate © 2006

25-Apr-1974
1st 4 of 13 a/c delivered to TANS for ops on floats
Photo courtesy Nicky Scherer © Apr-74

5-Sep-1974
Delivery of 2 new a/c to Oman Police
Photo by Peter Frei © 1-Jul-84

8-Mar-1975
1st 2 of 5 new PC-6 delivered to Ejercito Ecuador
Photo by VIP Photo Service © 19-Apr-78

17-Oct-1975
Talair is taking over their PC-6 flying it for 10 years
Photo by John Macarthur © 1983

29-Oct-1975
Delivery of the 1st PC-6 in the spanish register
Photo by Jose Manuel Gancedo © 1976

21-Nov-1975
1st of 6 Turbo Porter delivered to the Swiss Air Force
Photo by Werner Schlatter © 3-Jul-76

24-Dec-1975
1st 2 of 7 new PC-6 delivered to Kaset Thailand
Photo by Peter Bachmann © 1976

Jan-1976
RTAF took over the last 20 new Fairchild AU-23
Photo by Jirayu H. © 8-Jan-05

20-Jan-1976
1st of 14 PC-6 delivered to the Austrian Air Force
Photo by Rainer Kuen © 1999

14-Jul-1976
Delivery of 2 new a/c to the Tchad Air Force
Photo by Pilatus Flugzeugwerke AG © 1976

2-Nov-1976
1st 2 of 7 new PC-6 delivered to the Burma Air Force
Photo by Paul Schuepbach © 3-Nov-76

Dec-1976
Viking Helicopter is purchasing 3 PC-6 for spay ops
Photo by MAP © 1984

18-Feb-1977
1st 2 civil PC-6 delivered to Argentina (YPF SA)
Photo by Anthony J.Hickey © 1995

28-Mar-1977
1st of 5 a/c delivered to Satuan Udara, Indonesia
Photo by Marcus Eich © 2003

29-Jun-1977
Another floatplane, this time with Fernandez floats
Photo by S.E.F.A. Floats, France

17-Feb1978
1st 3 of 6 a/c delivered to Gendarmeria Argentina
Photo by Chris Knott © Apr-05

1-Mar-1979
Delivery of a new a/c to the Japan Polar Research
Photo © by National Institute of Polar Research

11-May-1979
Delivery of 2 a/c to the US Army Berlin Brigade
Photo by Bruno Wasem © 1985
     
1980 - 1989 PRODUCTION: 60 AIRCRAFT

5-May-1980
Air Glaciers is taking over and operate it's 12th PC-6
Photo by Markus Herzig © 1990

Oct-1980
1st PC-6 delivered to Guatemala
Photo by Sam Iselin © 7-Dec-79

31-Jul-1981
300th PC-6 delivered from Pilatus
Photo by NigelPeart © 1981

Jan-1982
1st delivery to Mount Cook Airlines New Zealand
Photo by Richard Vandervord © Sep-80

7-Feb-1983
1st PC-6 registered in Zaire
Photo Archive Richard Hunt © 1-May-88

22-Jul-1983
1st 2 of 6 a/c delivered to Satena Colombia
Photo by Pilatus Flugzeugwerke © 1983

8-Aug-1983
3rd  Record - 3'893km distance in a straight line
Photo © courtesy by Dennis Coffey

7-Nov-1983
1st 2 of 15 a/c delivered to the Iran Air Force
Photo by Alain Juillerat © Oct-1983

9-May-1984
1st Flight PC-6/B2-H4 - 680 SHP P&W PT6A-27
Photo by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd

1985
Red Cross operations with various PC-6 in Ethiopia
Photo by Murray Pine © 1986

18-Mar-1986
Delivery of OE-ECS to the Tyrolean Air Ambulance
Photo by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd © 1986

30-Apr-1986
1st 2 of 7 a/c delivered to Polis Diraya Malaysia
Photo by Pilatus Flugzeugwerke © 1986

1986-10
1st Porter art livery - Turbo Mingo
Photo by Markus Herzig © 1997

Mar-1988
Another PC-6 delivered to JARE for Antarctica ops
Photo by Yutaka Katsuta © 1990

1989
Filmimg of Air America with ex Royal Thai Army a/c
Photo by John Kimberley © 1991

20-Jul-1989
50 years Pilatus jubilee a/c to Para Centro Locarno
Photo by Markus Herzig © 2000

Dec-1989
Delivery of two new a/c to the Para Dubai Air Force
Photo by Pilatus Aircraft © 1990
     
1990 - 1999 PRODUCTION: 68 AIRCRAFT

Mar-1990
A new delivery to Bophuthatswana Defence Force
Photo by Martin E.Siegrist © Aug-1991

Apr-1990
1st of 8 a/c delivered to the South African Police
Photo by Christian Müller © 1991

Jun-1991
Delivery of 2 a/c to Farner ops for SMU in Africa
Photo by Farner Air Transport © 1992

Jul-1991
New art livery - The Air America Shark
Photo by Bob Shane © 2000

Aug-1991
1st registered PC-6 in Namibia
Photo by Bruno Assuelli © 1994

21-Aug-1991
The Golden Knight para team take over 2 PC-6
Photo by Sean Capogreco © 2004

16-Dec-1991
1st registered PC-6 in Liechteinstein
Photo by Markus Herzig © 1994

Feb-1992
Delivery of 4 new PC-6 to the Mexican Air Force
Photo courtesy Jose Luis Grijalva Apodaca © 1995

15-Oct-1992
1st of 5 a/c delivered to ALAT
Photo by Hans-Peter Zuercher © 1992

21-Apr-1993
New art livery - Black Bird
Photo by Markus Herzig © 29-May-99

1994
Two Heli-Porter are used in the film 'Drop Zone'
Photo by Michael Truffer © 1994

May-1994
Aero Andino takes delivery of their PC-6
Photo by Christian Mueller © 1996

7-May-1994
1st civil registered PC-6 in Israel delivered
Photo by Markus Herzig © 1994

17-Jun-1994
New art livery - The crossed Red
Photo by Bob Draijer XNtric.com © 1993

22-Jul-1994
Again a new PC-6 on floats
Photo by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd © 1994

Mar-1995
The PC-6 goes James Bond in the film Goldeneye
Photo by Air Glaciers © 1995

1995
New art livery - Yahoo
Photo by Markus Herzig © 1999

1995
New art livery - The Zebra
Photo by Markus Herzig © 23-Aug-97

Jan-1996
Zimex is adding their 15th PC-6 to the fleet
Photo by Werner Burkard © 30-Jan-99

Apr-1996
1st of 2 a/c delivered to Guyane Aero Services
Photo © by Christophe Delagrange

May-1996
New art livery - Blaue Elise, 20 years PC-6
Photo by Christian Hauser © 1996

Jun-1996
New art livery - The Tiger
Photo by Nicolai Musante © 1996

28-Nov-1997
New art livery - Fly Mingo
Photo by Yannick Lavigne © 2002

19-Feb-1998
Rebuilt by Pilatus in 4'000h - 19'000 TSN and like new
Photo by Markus Herzig © 2000

1998
New art livery - Quetzal
Photo by Thomas Bogaert © 22-Apr-06

Mar-1998
1st two of 3 a/c delivered to Algerian Air Force
Photo by Markus Herzig © 1998

Mar-1998
Delivery of 2 new a/c to to AMA
Photo by Tim Harold © 2004

13-May-1998
Delivery of 2 new a/c to Slovenian Air Force
Photo by Markus Herzig © 1998

24-Sep-1998
New art livery - Blue Mary
Photo by Markus Herzig © 2000

15-Jul-1998
4th World Record - largest ad banner with 1500m2
Photo courtesy by Juergen Riedel © 1999

17-Aug-1999
First of total 5 a/c delivered to Tassili Airlines
Photo by Markus Herzig © 1999

16-Nov-1999
400th PC-6 delivered ex Stans
Photo by Samuel Berger © 1999
     
2000 - 2009 PRODUCTION: 31AIRCRAFT ... UP TO S/N 965

29-May-2000
New art livery - Hotter than Fire
Photo by Markus Herzig © 2000

Jul-2000
New art livery - Fredi the Parrot
Photo by Christoph Kugler © 2000

Aug-2000
New art livery - Puff the Dragon
Photo by Markus Herzig © 2000

Oct-2000
The PC-6 - since 41 years THE dream
Advert by Swisslotto © Oct-2000

2000
Surprising Porter World HL5101 found stored
Photo by Martin Fenner © Feb-2000

17-Mar-2001
New art livery - Night Flight
Photo by Markus Herzig © 2001

19-May-2001
5th World Record - 424 takeoff/landings with no relief
Photo by Christoph Kugler © 1998

1-Jun-2001
1st flight #340 after rebuild - the oldest PC-6 in the air
Photo by Adrian Herzig © 2003

Apr-2004
Still going piston built in 1962
Photo by Gary Green © 2002

12-Aug-2002
New art livery - The Eagle
Photo by Yannick Lavigne © 2002

17-Sep-2002
Swimming without floats .. After a flood at Pujaut
Photo by Christian Jovani © 2002

Oct-2002
New art livery - Smile smile
Photo by Andre Wiese © 2002

Oct-2002
1st PC-6 registered in Venezuela
Photo by Henry Wood © 17-May-08

Apr-2003
Surprising Porter World - on the Kawayo Green Farm
Photo © by Aero Historical Explorer Museum

May-2003
New art livery - and burnt soon after
Photo by Icarius Aerotechnics © 2003

12-Feb-2005
1st flight #523 after a long enthusiast rebuild
Photo by Andy Heap © Feb-05

Mar-2005
1st PC-6 registered in Cyprus but the sell felt thru
Photo by Markus Herzig © 12-Apr-05

Apr-2005
The Porter goes Red Bull
Photo by Elisabeth Klimesch © 15-May-05

30-Aug-2005
1st PC-6 registered in Ireland
Photo by Dave O'Toole © 12-Mar-06

Apr-2006
Flying advertisement for Emmi Swiss Alp cheese
Photo by Matthias Schopfer © 21-Apr-06

29-Jun-2006
Surprising Porter World KAC seen in Darfur
Photo by Régis Desgrez © 29-Jun-06

Jan-2007
1st PC-6 registered in Latvia
Photo by Jean-Pierre Fournié © Feb-07

21-Mar-2007
1st PC-6 registered in Gabon
Photo by Bart de Krok © 2-Apr-07

Jul-2007
A new a/c for use in oil exploration in Africa
Photo by Roger Wright NRG © 15-Oct-07

Nov-2007
Delivery of 2 new a/c to Susi Air
Photo by Mario Richard © 16-Nov-07

Dec-2007
#927 donated by Marhsall Carter to JAARS
Photo by Marshall Carter © 2000

Apr-2004
1st PC-6 civil registered in Slovenja
Photo by Vilko Pletersek © 13-Apr-08

Jun-2008
New art livery - Pink Planet
Photo by Nicolas Cornette © 27-Jun-08

Jun-2008
New jubilee livery - Goldeneye
Photo by Pilatus Aircraft © Jun-08

Sep-2008
The most colorful PC-6 ever is starting its service
Photo by Francisco Nuñez © 27-Sep-08

Dec-2008
Delivery of 2 new a/c to Petro Ecuador
Photo by Max Fankhauser © 25-Jun-08

Mar-09
1st PC-6 registered in San Marino
Photo by Ilario De Marchi © 10-May-09

4-May-2009
THE PC-6 IS 50 YEARS IN THE AIR
456 aircraft built by Pilatus
92 aircraft license built by Fairchild
approx 250 aircraft operative worldwide

20-May-09
Delivery of the 1st of 2 new a/c to Yeti Airlines
Photo by Jean-Luc Altherr © 9-May-09
Dr. K. Zimmermann once wrote years ago:
(former Executive Committee member of Pilatus)

The Porter is an expressed functionally 
trained product. Everyone who needs it, does 
not ask about  its age. The performance is 
crucial, he is looking for - 
and he is glad that it is still offered ".


 
PLEASE NOTE
This HISTORY includes Pilatus & Fairchild production. All informations are to my best knowledge only and sorry that I could not include every built, delivered and purchased aircraft! 
Do you have any Porter pictures, corrections or updates? Please share them with the whole worldwide Porter Family. YOUR contributions are very much appreciated ! markus.herzig@bluewin.ch

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