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The Airtruk's granddaddy: Kingsford-Smith PL-7 Tanker

Arjen

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I've been leafing through 'The Observer's Book of Aircraft' ed. 1958 and stumbled upon the PL-7. According to Flight, it was designed by Luigi Pellarini. Mr Pellarini also designed the Bennett Airtruck, which was developed into the Transavia PL-12 Airtruk of Mad Max fame.
First two pictures from http://www.aviastar.org/air/australia/kingsford_pl-7.php

Specification
ENGINE1 x 400hp Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah X 7-cylinder radial engine
WEIGHTS
Take-off weight2270 kg5005 lb
Empty weight1007 kg2220 lb
[SIZE=-1] DIMENSIONS[/SIZE]
Wingspan12.44 m41 ft 10 in
Length7.47 m25 ft 6 in
Height3.05 m10 ft 0 in
PERFORMANCE
Max. speed203 km/h126 mph
Cruise speed179 km/h111 mph
Ceiling3900 m12800 ft
Range547 km340 miles
 

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Arjen

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And here's what set me off.
Source: 'The Observer's book of Aircraft' by William Green and Gerald Pollinger, Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd, 1958
 

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AeroFranz

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Good stuff Arjen. Always been a fan of the Airtruk since seeing the Flying Jalopy in Mad Max III.
 
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