Percival P-66 Pembroke was taken aloft for the first time on 21st
november 1954. A bit more than two years later, the German Department
of Defence placed an order for 34 Pembrokes, which were to equip
all three branches.
It took until 1959, for the aircraft to be delivered. The Luftwaffe
received 25 airplanes, the Heeresflieger three and six went to the
Navy Pembrokes exclusively equipped the Seenotstaffel (later MFG
5) based at Kiel and were used in the Search and Rescue role primarily.
Besides assisting the Albatross flying boats,
Pembrokes were used as transport and liaison aircraft.
arrival of the potent Sikorsky SH-34G
helicopter in the mid 60s, meant a relieve in the SAR role for the
Pembrokes. They were now mainly utilized as transport aircraft,
a role they fullfilled until their disbandment from naval service
in 1972. Successor of the reliable Pembroke was the new Dornier
Do 28D-2 Skyservant.
pictures taken from: F-40 #19 "Hunting Percival Pembroke")
|max. Takeoff Weight: 5900kg
|Alvis Leonides Mk. 12-701