|TP 83 - Hunting Percival P66 Pembroke C Mk 52 (1955-1977)|
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Percival, a British aircraft manufacturer, developed in the late forties
the medium transport aircraft Prince.
Most of them found its way to the civil market. A slightly larger
and more sturdy variant for military use was named Pembroke.
The prototype, RAF Serial WV698, was ready for flight in November 1952.
42 aircraft were ordered by the RAF as a successor to the Avro Anson. 69
Pembrokes were sold to other European countries.
Sweden in 1954 purchased 120 Hawker Hunters (J 34), the British more or
less demanded Sweden to complete the order of the attractive
”Hunters” with some aircraft type more difficult to sell - ”Trade
Policy” according to the official words. The Swedish Air Force took
the opportunity to order transport aircraft - needed, but not as
important as the fighters.
week after the contract of the Hawker Hunters, in July of 1954, 16
Pembroke C Mk 52 were ordered. They got the Swedish designation TP
83. The individuals got the Air Force numbers 83001-83016. The
aircraft were delivered in 1954-1956.
two TP 83s were destroyed - on in a crash and one in a hangar fire - two
Pembroke C Mk 52/2 were bought from the Danish Air Force in 1961. They
got the Air Force numbers 83017 and 83018.
TP 83 was used for a lot of different tasks. Except for liaison and
transport of Air Force personnel, it was used as ”flying classroom”
for the education of navigators, ELINT (ELectronic INTelligence) in
co-operation with the FRA (Försvarets Radioanstalt = ”the Radio
Establishment of the Defence”) and Search And Rescue (SAR). Other
duties was to act as a test platform and as a flying ambulance. Two
aircraft (83006 and 83017) were in 1970 painted in a special
blue-and-white colour scheme (see photo below!) and entirely used for
TP 83 had an flight crew of two and could take ten passengers.
Alternatively, six stretchers or 1.150 kg of cargo could be carried.
TP 83 was powered with two Alvis Leonides 9-cylinder radial engines of
570 hp each.
Top - TP 83 # 83010 (c/n P66/55) when it was based at F 8 at Barkarby.
Photo by Lars E. Lundin 1973-06-13. The aircraft was withdrawn from use about
two weeks later.
Photos: Top - TP 83 # 83010 (c/n P66/55) when it was based at F 8 at Barkarby. Photo by Lars E. Lundin 1973-06-13. The aircraft was withdrawn from use about two weeks later.
Two of the original Swedish TP 83s are preserved - 83008 (c/n P66/52) at Flygvapenmuseum (photo below) and 83007 (c/n P66/51) at Svedino's Automobile and Aviation Museum (photo at bottom). Photo courtesy Svedinos's Museum.
Length: 14,02 m. Span: 19,66 m. MTOW: 5.900 m. Max. speed: 340 km/h.
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