The first PC-9 flew on May 7, 1984. By 1993 a total of 140 aircraft were built.
| ENGINE||1 x Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-62 turboprop, 857kW|
| Take-off weight||3200 kg||7055 lb|
| Empty weight||1620 kg||3572 lb|
| Wingspan||10.12 m||33 ft 2 in|
| Length||10.05 m||33 ft 12 in|
| Height||3.26 m||11 ft 8 in|
| Max. speed||556 km/h||345 mph|
| Ceiling||11580 m||38000 ft|
| Range w/max.fuel||1642 km||1020 miles|
|Dave DiMarchi, e-mail, 16.08.2008 19:19|
WOW! I flew the -9 several times, contact and formation. It changed my thinking about T-props (as a "jet" pilot). Incredible fun, performance, efficiency, modern avionics. Can't say enough. Now, albeit somewhat changed, the USAF /USN T-6A Texan 2, a great choice. Wish I could have my own!
|KEN BEAIRD, e-mail, 29.05.2008 16:42|
The PC-9 was not the Peacemaker, the Peacemaker was a military version of the PC-6. The PC-6 had 5 hardpoints on the wings and carried a pindle mounted XM-197 3-barrell 20mm gatling gun in the cargo area, it was fired by a gunner. The USAF perceived over 100 of these a /c covering S. Vietnam providing air cover. The introduction of the shoulder fired heat seeking missle put an end to that "Credible Chase" program. The Royal Thai AF got the 25 Peacemakers in exchange for a number of T-28s to Laos. This was in the 1974 time frame.
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