The Pilatus Porter never won any beauty contests and may look as if a committee designed it. But beauty is only skin deep and for some 46 years, the Swiss aircraft has wowed folk by its incredible STOL performance. From the land of the cuckoo clocks has come an aircraft that is at home landing and taking off from the sides of mountains, or spurning hard runways for grass, gravel or most other surfaces that would deter any other type.
A “go anywhere” aircraft” is a rare exhibit in the EBACE static park, and, although beauty is not a claim that many would make of the Pilatus PC-6 Porter, this unique Swiss design has become a legend in its own lifetime. Capable of flying into and out of short unprepared strips, as well as operating on floats or skis, the Porter remains in production at the rate of between five and 10 each year. A total of 530 have been delivered to date.