Pilatus Astra Pc-7 II ATTD1

The Pilatus Astra Pc-7 II was utilised at 68 Air School for ground instruction.  The aircraft is marked ATTD1 and is one of two mock-up airframes that were supplied by the Pilatus Company as part of the package of sixty PC-7 Mk II trainers delivered to the South African Air Force in 1995.

The ATTD1 aircraft became surplus to requirements when a fully functional Astra aircraft from Central Flying School Langebaanweg was allocated to 68 Air School for the training of apprentices.

The aircraft on display has a myriad of see-through panels that reveal the various components and systems inside the Pilatus Astra aircraft making it easier for young apprentices under training to understand the structural make-up of the aircraft.

The planning, preparation and logistical process that has to be put in place prior to moving such an aircraft was clearly illustrated in this case.  The aircraft was first relocated from 68 School to Zwartkop Museum by road using a low-bed transporter and once the aircraft arrived at Zwartkop, a special crane had to be utilised to hoist the aircraft over the fence and security wall.