×
Aircraft / Aviation Vehicles & Artillery Infantry Arms Warships & Submarines Military Pay Scale Military Ranks
HOME
AIRCRAFT / AVIATION
MODERN AIR FORCES
COUNTRIES
MANUFACTURERS
COMPARE
BY CONFLICT
BY TYPE
BY DECADE
COLD WAR
MODERN AIRCRAFT

Pilatus PC-9


Twin-Seat, Single-Engine Basic Trainer Aircraft (1984)


Aviation / Aerospace

1 / 8
Image from the Untied States Department of Defense DVIDS imagery database.
2 / 8
Image from the Untied States Department of Defense DVIDS imagery database.
3 / 8
Image from the Untied States Department of Defense DVIDS imagery database.
4 / 8
Image from the Untied States Department of Defense DVIDS imagery database.
5 / 8
Image from the Untied States Department of Defense DVIDS imagery database.
6 / 8
Image from the Untied States Department of Defense DVIDS imagery database.
7 / 8
Image from the Untied States Department of Defense DVIDS imagery database.
8 / 8
Image from the Untied States Department of Defense DVIDS imagery database.

Jump-to: Specifications

Developed from the Pilatus PC-7, the PC-9 serves as a basic and advanced two-seat trainer for many global operators.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 09/30/2020 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
The Pilatus PC-9 is a successful twin-seat basic training aircraft used in military circles to provide future pilots and combat airmen their first taste of flight. The aircraft emerged from Swiss-based Pilatus Aircraft in the mid-1980s and has found global respect from flyers despite its modest production total of 265 units. The type, developed from the earlier PC-7 model of similar form and function, went on to form the basis of the American Beechcraft / Raytheon T-6 "Texan II" basic trainer (detailed on this site) currently used by the U.S. military.

A first-flight of the PC-9 was had on May 7th, 1984 and certification followed in September of 1985. Production has been ongoing since 1984. Military operators have ranged from Angola and Australia to Thailand and the United States.

The arrangement of the PC-9 is conventional with a straight-wing mainplane configuration used. The mainplanes are seated at midships as is the tandem-seat cockpit sporting a large, curved canopy offering excellent vision out-of-the-cockpit. The cockpit sits aft of a long nose section housing the single engine installation. The tail unit showcases a single vertical tail fin and low-set horizontal planes. The undercarriage, wholly-retractable, utilizes two single-wheeled main legs (under each wing element) and a single-wheeled nose leg. Internally, the cockpits are a mix of steam-style gauges and display units. The control stick is at center, between the knees, and the throttle is set to portside. Controls are doubled for student and instructor positions. Both airmen are afforded ejection seats.

Variants include the basic, and original, PC-9 model. The PC-9/A became a basic trainer for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and was built locally under license by Hawker de Havilland. The PC-9B was a two-seat target-tower for the German Air Force and the PC-9M followed in 1997. The M-model introduced a revised tail fin and wingroots as well as other subtle changes.

The PC-9M featured an empty weight of 3,805lb against an MTOW of 5,180lb. Power is from a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-62 turboprop engine developing 1,150 horsepower providing speeds of 370 miles per hour with a range out to 955 miles and a service ceiling up to 38,000 feet. Rate-of-climb is 4,100 feet-per-minute.

Pilatus then teamed with American-based Beechcraft to offer the PC-9 Mk.2 for the JPATS program. This model became the T-6A Texan II in service with the USAF and USN.

While typically unarmed, the PC-9 has three hardpoints under each wing and can carry various load outs for training purposes or light strike sorties.

September 2020 - The Royal Thai Air Force has committed to the purchase of 12 T-6C basic trainers. The order includes training and spare parts for the fleet. These will be used to succeed an aging fleet of Pilatus PC-9M aircraft in same role. The deal was announced on September 28th, 2020.

Specifications



Service Year
1984

Origin
Switzerland national flag graphic
Switzerland

Status
ACTIVE
In Active Service.
Crew
2

Production
265
UNITS


Pilatus - Switzerland / Hawker de Havilland - Australia
National flag of Angola National flag of Australia National flag of Bulgaria National flag of Chad National flag of Croatia National flag of Cyprus National flag of modern Germany National flag of Iraq National flag of Ireland National flag of Mexico National flag of Myanmar National flag of Oman National flag of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia National flag of Slovenia National flag of Switzerland National flag of Thailand National flag of the United Kingdom National flag of the United States Angola; Australia; Bulgaria; Croatia; Chad; Cyprus; Germany; Iraq; Ireland; Mexico; Myanmar; Oman; Saudi Arabia; Slovenia; Switzerland; Thailand; United Kingdom; United States
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Close-Air Support (CAS)
Developed to operate in close proximity to active ground elements by way of a broad array of air-to-ground ordnance and munitions options.
Training (General)
Developed ability to be used as a dedicated trainer for student pilots (typically under the supervision of an instructor).


Length
33.3 ft
(10.15 m)
Width/Span
33.2 ft
(10.12 m)
Height
10.7 ft
(3.25 m)
Empty Wgt
3,803 lb
(1,725 kg)
MTOW
7,055 lb
(3,200 kg)
Wgt Diff
+3,252 lb
(+1,475 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Pilatus PC-9 production variant)
Installed: 1 x Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-62 turboprop engine developing 1,150 horsepower driving a four-bladed propeller unit at the nose.
Max Speed
370 mph
(595 kph | 321 kts)
Ceiling
37,992 ft
(11,580 m | 7 mi)
Range
957 mi
(1,540 km | 2,852 nm)
Rate-of-Climb
4,100 ft/min
(1,250 m/min)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base Pilatus PC-9 production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
OPTIONAL:
Conventional drop stores and gunpods across six underwing hardpoints (three to a wing).


Supported Types


Graphical image of an aircraft machine gun pod
Graphical image of an aircraft conventional drop bomb munition


(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Hardpoint Mountings: 6


PC-9 - Base Series Designation; original production model.
PC-9/A - Basic trainer for the RAAF; 48 examples by Hawker de havilland.
PC-9B - Target-tower for German Air Force
PC-9M - Model of 1997; revised tail fin and wingroots.
Beech Pilatus PC-9 Mk.2 - Joint marketing for the JPATS program, becoming the Raytheon Texan II trainer for the USAF and USN services.


Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for pioneering aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon representing modern aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur War
Military lapel ribbon for experimental x-plane aircraft


Ribbon graphics not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective aerial campaigns / operations / aviation periods.

Similar Aircraft



Aviation developments of similar form and function, or related to, the Pilatus PC-9...


Advertisements





Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Cookies


2022 Military Pay Scale Army Ranks Navy Ranks Air Force Ranks Alphabet Code DoD Dictionary American War Deaths French Military Victories Vietnam War Casualties

The "Military Factory" name and MilitaryFactory.com logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. All written content, illustrations, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and not for reuse/reproduction in any form. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site. Please direct all other inquiries to militaryfactory AT gmail.com.

Part of a network of sites that includes GlobalFirepower, a data-driven property used in ranking the top military powers of the world, WDMMA.org, the World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft, and SR71blackbird.org, detailing the history of the world's most iconic spyplane.


Facebook Logo YouTube Logo

www.MilitaryFactory.com • All Rights Reserved • Content ©2003-