P-16.04 Nr.2: Step by Step

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FFA P-16.04 Nummer.2



Nr.2 was the second prototype of the P-16 project. Various improvements were made to it, and the armament was also changed.



Although J-3001 was destroyed in an accident, Switzerland continued development of the aircraft. However, the delay could not be resolved, so the maiden flight could not be carried out until June 16, 1956, 2 years and 4 months after the date of the maiden flight guaranteed by FFA in the contract.

This second prototype was armed with two Hispano-Suiza HS-825 30 mm cannons. Compared to the J-3001, the J-3002 has a total of 130 design changes. Unlike the first prototype, the J-3002 and all subsequent P-16s received a bead on the tailplane, and the air intakes extended to the front. In 1956, Hans Häfliger breaks through an altitude of 14,000 m in Dübendorf. It also broke the speed of sound at 40,000 feet (12,200 m). Although the flight characteristics were basically satisfactory, it was pointed out that the engine performance was insufficient, and the vertical stability was not good due to the small area of the vertical tail part due to the nature of operating in a hangar under the mountain. He flew 310 flights for 130 hours with this aircraft.

This aircraft was scrapped under the approval of KTA (Kriegstechnische Abteilung), and development continued with the P-16 Mk.II.

Technical Data



Wing Span: 11.1m
Length: 14.2m
Weight: 6.5t
Engine: Armstrong-Sidley Sa-6a Sapphire (3,810kgf)
Max Speed: 1,010km/h


Offensive Armament
ㅤ2 × 30mm Hispano-Suiza HS.825 (2 × 125)





Suggestion of P-16 Series


P-16.04 Nr.1: Ambitious Start
P-16.04 Nr.2: Step by Step
P-16 Mk.II: Rise and Fall
P-16 Mk.III ‘X-HB-VAC’: The Struggling
P-16 Mk.III ‘X-HB-VAD’: Final Work