P-16 Mk.III 'X-HB-VAC': The Struggling

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FFA P-16 Mk.III ‘X-HB-VAC’

Introduce

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It is the fourth aircraft in the P-16 series and the first Mk.III aircraft. Several parts from the aircraft’s dismantlement were used to restore the X-HB-VAD.

History

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This fourth version was completed in 1957 and given the identification number ‘J-3004’. However, as the project was canceled in 1958, FFA attempted to convert the P-16 into civilian development, and in 1959, it received the identification number X-HB-VAC and entered the civilian market in earnest. The test pilot for this aircraft was American William Lear. X-HB-VAC flew a total of 55 times over 27 hours, testing rockets and bombs. What’s interesting is that the P-16 Mk.III can operate two AIM-9s. The Swiss Army introduced the AIM-9B (Flz Lwf LL 63) in 1963, so if the P-16 had been introduced to the Swiss Army, it would have actually fought with AAM.

This aircraft ended its life in June 1980 when it was disassembled with a cutting torch. Some parts were used to restore the X-HB-VAD for display in the museum. X-HB-VAD is currently on display at the Flieger-Flab Museum in Dübendorf.

Technical Data

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Specification

Wing Span: 11.14m
Length: 14.24m
Height: 4.26m
Wing Area: 30.0m²
Engine: Armstrong-Siddeley ASSa.7 (4,996kgf)
MTOW: 11,800kg
Range: 760km ~1,000km (with 2 × 450L Drop Tank)

Armament

Offensive Armament
ㅤ2 × Hispano-Suiza HS.825 (2 × 120)

Suspended Armament
ㅤ4 × 450L Feuerbombe
ㅤ4 × 400kg Sprengbombe
ㅤ8 × 200kg Sprengbombe
ㅤ16 × 50kg Sprengbombe
ㅤ60 × 8cm Hochpräzisions-Raketen (Flz Rak Oe)
ㅤ44 × 6,75cm Faltleitwerkeaketen (SNEB)
ㅤ2 × Flz Lwf LL 63 (AIM-9B)

Other
ㅤ2 × 450L Drop Tank

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Suggestion of P-16 Series

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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

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