Herpa HE580489 – 1/72 Scale PC-6B Turbo-Porter Diecast Model
Herpa Wings Series
|Length||15.3 cm||6.02 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||22.0 cm||8.66 in||Approx|
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Display stand not included.
1/72 Scale Pilatus PC-6B Turbo-Porter, AA AvnC – Herpa HE580489
Herpa HE580489 diecast model replicates in 1/72 scale the Pilatus PC-6B Turbo-Porter, serial number A14-690. While assigned to 161 (Independent) Reconnaissance Flight, Australian Army Aviation Corps (AA AvnC), stationed at Nui Dat Air Base, Vietnam, during 1970.
Pilatus PC-6 Porter
The Pilatus PC-6 Porter is a Swiss single piston or turboprop engined STOL utility aircraft that first flew on May 4, 1959. It was produced under licence in the United States by Fairchild Hiller. In military service and with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) controlled Air America, it was adapted for various missions, even as a gunship (AU-23A Peacemaker). In civilian use, the type is popular with skydivers. Pilatus ended production in early 2019 with over 600 airframes built, both in Switzerland and the USA.
The airframe’s construction is mainly of aluminium alloys with a semi-monocoque fuselage, high mounted braced wing and a tail of conventional design. The high energy absorbent tailwheel type undercarriage, enables the aircraft to operate from rough terrain. Early models used analog instrumentation and later, glass cockpit.
The PC-6B uses a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A turboprop engine driving a three-bladed constant-speed reversible propeller. Giving the aircraft a cruise speed of 213 km/h (132 mph), a maximum speed of 232 km/h (144 mph), a stall speed of 96 km/h (60 mph), a service ceiling of 8,197 m (26,893 ft) and range of 730 km (450 mi).
161 (Independent) Reconnaissance Flight, AA AvnC
The 161 (Independent) Reconnaissance Flight established in June 1965 for deployment to the Vietnam War. On arrival at Bien Hoa Airbase South Vietnam, the unit had on strength two Cessna 180s and two Sioux light observation helicopters. By the end of 1967 aircraft numbers had increased to four Cessna and six Sioux. In late 1969 three, Cessna 180s were replaced by Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter and by late 1971 several Bell Kiowa were added, on loan from the US Army. The unit deployed to Vung Tau in May 1966, and Nui Dat in March 1967, remaining there until withdrawn back to Australia in late 1971. The Porters were retired from the AA AvnC in October 1992.