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History: Developed as a
four-seat, tricycle-gear version of Piaggios two-seat tailwheel P.148 trainer in
service with the Italian Air Force, the future of the P.149 as a
civil trainer and touring airplane looked somewhat bleak until the Luftwaffe purchased 72
of them in 1956 for use as their standard basic trainer. Following a license agreement
with Focke-Wulf, 190 more P.149s were then built by the well-known German manufacturer.
Most of these went to the Luftwaffe, but a few ended up in civilian ownership, and five
were purchased by Swissair for ab initio pilot training.
While the last German planes were retired in the early 1980s,
a number of surplus craft were sold to Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda as part of a German
military assistance program. A few P.149s are still flying in private hands, mostly in
Nicknames: Piggi, Pippi (Affectionate
Engine: One 270-hp Lycoming GO-480-B1A6 flat-six piston engine.
Weight: Empty 2,557 lbs., Max Takeoff
Wing Span: 36ft. 6in.
Length: 28ft. 9.5in.
Height: 9ft. 6in.
192 mph at sea level.
Number Built: 262.
Number Still Airworthy: ~20.
Classic Jet Aircraft
Parts' Piaggio P149 Page -- Lots of good air-to-air-photos of the Pippi.
Berni's Old Airplane
Company, Inc. -- Good P.149 information.
-- Dutch P.149 formation team.
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