Pilatus SB-2 Pelican: Far from the sea.

While almost the rest of Europe was destroying each other, The Swiss where minding their own business at leisure. The Pilatus company created at those times the SB-2 Pelican -first flown in May 1944-; the first aircraft they ever built. This lanky five-seat light civil transports was designed by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology with STOL qualities in mind -a prequel use of that acronym. It was a not very attractive aircraft equiped with a marked positive swept wing (conveniently “flap-ped” and “slat-ted”) and a not often seen, then, tricycle landing gear. Only a prototype was built and it was soon lost only 4 years after its first flight.

I kinda love this kind of wings.


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