PILATUS PC-6/B1-H2 TURBO PORTER A14-705
MSN 731

(Nose section only)

 

 


23APR71
Registered HB-FFS to Pilatus Flugzeugwerke. (Source: 1)
26APR71
Delivered ex the Pilatus factory. (Source: 1)
Departed Stans, Switzerland on delivery to Australia as HB-FFS.
20MAY71
Arrived at RAAF Amberley as HB-FFS. The aircraft was to become A14-731, however this was changed to A14-705 to avoid conflict with the serials of the Army's Bell Sioux helicopters. (Source: 2)
16JUN71
Struck off the Swiss Register. (Source: 1)
25MAR78
Oakey was struck by a severe storm. The Courier-Mail of 26MAR78 reported that 15 aircraft were damaged. Aircraft were torn free from their moorings and it was reported that some were write-offs. It is not known which specific aircraft were damaged but it is speculated that this is what might have led to A14-705 having its forward fuselage replaced.
OCT88
A14-705 performed at the Bicentennial Air Show at RAAF Richmond.
17OCT89
The Porter was officially withdrawn from Army service to be replaced by the GAF Nomad. (Source: 2)
16NOV92
Sold to Jim Czerwinski. (Source: 1)
11FEB93
Registered VH-ZCZ to Jim Czerwinski. (Source: 1)
18MAR94
Cancelled from the Australian Register on sale to Canada as C-GZCZ. (Source: 1)
03MAY95
Registered in Germany as D-FREE. The aircraft is current at the time of writing. (Source: 1)
     
    Note: The fact that the original forward fuselage of msn 731 remains in Australia suggests that A14-705 was damaged in service and the entire forward fuselage was replaced with a new sub-assembly with the rebuilt airframe retaining the serial number 731. Therefore, further study of the history of this aircraft after it departed Australia must be regarded as academic.
     
04SEP10
  Collected from Museum of Australian Army Flying at Oakey. Obtained by QAM under an exchange agreement.
The data plate on the firewall (termed Brantspant by Pilatus) reads as follows:

PILATUS FLUGZEUGWERKE AG STANS
PC-6.B1/H2
Fabr No. 731
Kontr 4.1.71
6201.0019.99
     

 

SOURCES
1
www.pc-6.com (Markus Herzig)
2
RAAF News December 1992 by FLTLT John Bennett

 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 

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ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
3
19NOV17
Added a reference to a storm at Oakey on 25MAR78.
2
22MAY17
Added two images of the restored nose section.
1
10SEP10
Original issue.