Nestled in the Alps close to Lucerne in the shadow of Mount Pilatus is Switzerland’s first, and only, aircraft manufacturer which celebrates its 75th Anniversary today.
Formed in 1939 by the armament company Oerlikon-Bührle Pilatus was deliberately located as far as possible from the borders of the waring nations that surrounded Switzerland. Initially the new company was created to perform maintenance and repairs on Swiss Air Force aircraft. However by 1945 it had developed its own aircraft (the P2 trainer) and became the first and only-Swiss aircraft Manufacturer.
Since then Pilatus has created the famous PC-6 Porter (1959), the PC-9 trainer (which has been developed into the T-6 Texan), the PC-12 and their recently launched PC-24 light jet. Each of these aircraft maintains Pilatus’s reputation for rugged dependable aircraft to operate from the Alps challenging conditions with narrow, winding valleys, variable terrain, changeable wind currents and runaways (where they exist) often requiring steep approaches from one direction only.
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