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Piaggio P.149D / FWP.149

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D-EERP Piaggio P.149D c/n 259 - Seagull Formation - Hoogeveen airfield in Holland - 31 March 2005 vliegveld Hoogeveen (EHHO)

The Piaggio P.149 was a 4-seat touring development of the P.148, a 2-seat side-by-side all metal trainer with a fixed tailwheel undercarriage. The prototype of the P.149 (I-PIAM c/n 171) with a 260 hp Avco Lycoming GO-435-C2 engine and a retractable tri-gear flew first on 19 June 1953. Two years later the P.149 was selected by the Federal German Air Force as a standard basic training and liaison monoplane. To meet their requirements a 2-seat military trainer version of the P.149 with glazed cabin roof, deeper rear fuselage and a 280 hp Lycoming GO-480 engine was developed, designated P.149-D. The Federal German Air Force (Luftwaffe der Bundesrepublik Deutschland) ordered 265 Piaggio P.149D for use as a 2-seat primary trainer and 5-seat liaison aircraft. Piaggio built 76, including one which was written off before delivery. Focke-Wulf built 190 under licence from Piaggio. The first Piaggio built P.149D (AS+401 c/n 250) was delivered to Memmingen Air Base in May 1957. In the mean time Focke-Wulf had started production in Bremen, Germany and delivered its first example in November 1957.

Five ex. German Air Force Piaggio FWP.149D's are based at Hoogeveen aerodrome in the Netherlands: D-EEGD; D-EERP; D-EFTU; D-EGIT and D-EIFE. These Piaggio's or "Piggi's" belong to "Stichting Vliegsport Seagull" and are well known as the "Seagull Formation". Piaggio P.149D s/n 259 was one of the 76 built by Piaggio in 1957-1959 and entered service with the Luftwaffe FFS-S (Flugzeugführerschule "S") as AS+410. In service with the Luftwaffe the aircraft was re-serialed AC+410 and 91+77. As most of the P-149's the 9177 was withdrawn from use in the period 1971-1973. In August 1974, the aircraft entered the German civil aviation register as D-EERP.

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