Partenavia P.68

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The Partenavia P.68, now Vulcanair P68, is an Italian six-seat, twin-engined, high-wing monoplane built by Partenavia and later Vulcanair. Designed by Professor Luigi Pascale and originally put into production in 1972, it was intended for private or business use but has also seen use as both a training and a transport aircraft. It was originally named the Victor, although this name was not used for the production aircraft. The P.68 Observer, which was an Italian/German development, has a transparent nose for use in police work and observation duties.

Variants[edit | edit source]

  • P.68: Initial production version, 14 built.
  • P.68B: P.68 with fuselage lengthened by 6-inches and six-seat interior, 190 built.
  • P.68 Observer: Modified P.68B with fully glazed nose, over 21 built or modified.
  • P.68C: P.68B with longer nose and integral wing fuel tanks, over 114 built.
  • P.68C-TC: P.68C fitted with 200 hp Lycoming TI0-360-C1A6D turbocharged engines.
  • P.68R: P.68B with retractable undercarriage, one built.
  • P.68T: P.68R with lengthened fuselage, larger tail and Allison 250-B17B turboporops, four built.
  • AP.68TP: First turboprop powered prototype. First flew on 11 September 1978. Original designation P.68 Turbo.
  • AP.68TP-100: Second turboprop powered prototype.
  • AP.68TP-300 Spartacus: P.68T with fixed undercarriage, over 13 built.
  • AP.68TP-600 Viator: Spartacus with retractable undercarriage, lengthened nose and stretched fuselage, over 6 built.
  • AP.68TP-600 A-Viator: as above, with airframe and avionics upgrades, demonstrator flying 2009.
  • Spartacus RG: Fitted with a retractable undercarriage.
  • Spartacus-10: stretched version of the Spartacus RG.

Users[edit | edit source]

  • Australia
    • Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service
  • Bahamas
    • Royal Bahamas Defence Force
  • Chile
    • Chilean Air Force
    • Chilean Navy
  • France
    • Alpine Airlines
  • Germany
    • Hesse State Police
  • Italy
    • Italian State Police
  • New Zealand
    • Great Barrier Airlines
  • Sierra Leone
    • Sierra Leone Air Force
  • South Africa
    • Bophutatswana Air Force
  • United Kingdom
    • National Police Air Service
  • United States
    • California Department of Fish and Game
    • New Mexico Game and Fish
    • New York State Police
    • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency