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TL-ABL Partenavia P.68C c/n 373 - Teuge airfield in Holland - 30 September 1995 Teuge airfield (EHTE)

The Partenavia / Vulcanair P.68C is a light, twin engine, transport aircraft designed by Professor Luigi Pascale in the late 60's and built by Partenavia and then, after the end of the latter, by Vulcanair in Italy. The Partenavia P.68C accomodates seating for seven persons in cabin, including pilot, in two rows of two seats and a rear bench for three persons. Two stretchers may be carried when all passenger seats are removed. The prototype P.68 was built at Arzano, Italy, and first flown on 25 May 1970. It was powered by two 200 hp Lycoming IO-360 piston engines. Production of the P.68 began in 1972 with fourteen pre-production aircraft at new facilities in Casoria, Italy. These pre-production Partenavia P.68 aircraft were known as the Partenavia P.68 Victor. In 1974, these pre-production aircraft were followed by the P.68B with the fuselage lengthened by 15,2 to create more space in the cockpit. It was superseded in 1979 by the P.68C which had integral wing tanks of increased capacity and a marginally lengthened nose to accommodate a weather radar. A turbocharged version (the P.68C-TC) was available in 1980. The type license was obtained by Vulcanair, which is still producing the P.68C. More then 510 aircraft of all P.68 variant are built, including licence production by Taneja in India.
The ICAO Aircraft Type Designator for the Partenavia P.68C is P68.

The 1990-built Partenavia P.68C s/n 373 was registered TL-ABL in the Central African Republic. In the fall of 1995, the plane stayed at Teuge for some time. On 18 October 1995, an incident at Teuge airfield was reported about smoke in the cockpit. In the fall of 1999, Partenavia P.68C TL-ABL was back at Teuge. In September 1999, the aircraft was seen first with registration N1 and later that month with registration NI applied to the aircraft. Finally, on 15 October 1999, registration N69HA was applied to the aircraft. With 24 November 1999 as airworthy day, the aircraft was registered N69HA in the USA with B&B Leasing Co, Lebanon, Missouri. On 30 November 2015, Partenavia P.68C N69HA was registered with it's present owner North County Flying, Palm Beach, Florida.
On 30 September 1995, Partenavia P.68C TL-ABL was seen at Teuge airfield near Apeldoorn, the Netherlands.

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