Percival P.66 Pembroke C.51

Twin engine transport and communications aircraft.

    In 1953 the Belgian Government ordered 12 Percival Pembroke's through Conbtract N° SP140 as a replacement for the ageing Avro Anson.The aircraft was used for short-range transport and liaison flights. Between 1956 and 1957 several brand-new Pembrokes were stored at Wevelgem awaiting a future detachment to the Belgian Congo, which eventually never materialised.
A number of Pembrokes were also used for the benefit of the Belgian National Geographical Institute that used the aerial photographs obtained with the Pembrokes to produce very detaild maps of the country. In 1978 the Pembrokes were struck of charge after their replacement, the Swearingen Merlin III became operational. All but two Pembrokes were sold to the rather dark company Air America (not to be confused with the CIA-supported Air America that was operational in South-East Asia), which was owned by a drugsdealer. After some very adventurous carreers in Souith America, several former Belgian Pembrokes were acquired and preserved in the USA.

C/N

P66/0014

RM-01

Date In

Feb 1954

Date Out

Jan 1975

History

RM-1/OT-ZAA (BAF 61), N51973 (Air America), Yankee Air Force, stored Caldwell Wright Apt (NJ USA).

C/N

P66/0017

RM-02

Date In

May 1954

Date Out

Jul 1974

History

RM-2/OT-ZAB (BAF82), N51948 (Air America), N66PK, Puyallup/Thun Field, (WA USA), preserved near Taylor's Stateside Liquor Store, Neelyville, Missouri (MO, USA)

C/N

P66/0020

RM-03

Date In

May 1954

Date Out

Jan 1977

History

RM-3/OT-ZAC (BAF83), N51951 (Air America), Paul Kennedy-Newark (NJ USA)

C/N

P66/0021

RM-04

Date In

Jun 1954

Date Out

Aug 1976

History

RM-4/OT-ZAD (BAF84), Preserved at the Royal Army Museum (WHI), Brussels

C/N

P66/0024

RM-05

Date In

Jul 1954

Date Out

Feb 1974

History

RM-5/OT-ZAE (BAF85), N51961 (Air America),Hubert Cotton, Atlanta, (GA USA), for sale...

C/N

P66/0025

RM-06

Date In

Aug 1954

Date Out

Aug 1975

History

RM-6/OT-ZAF (BAF86), N51962 (Air America), stored at Fort Lauderdale (FL USA), ...

C/N

P66/0027

RM-07

Date In

Aug 1954

Date Out

Mar 1976

History

RM-7/OT-ZAG, preserved at Molenheide amusement park, Gate guardian at Melsbroek airbase.

C/N

P66/0028

RM-08

Date In

Sep 1954

Date Out

Feb 1975

History

RM-8/OT-ZAH (BAF88), N51963 (Air America), Ketch Wayne-Gainsville (NY, USA

C/N

P66/0029

RM-09

Date In

Sep 1954

Date Out

Mar 1976

History

RM-9/OT-ZAI (BAF89), N51964 (Air America), HR-ITA, N702JM, N510RP Anoka County - Blaine Airport, C-GBGT to be restored at Vancouver (Can.) to Round Engine Aero - 9854 Curtis Road, 49073 Nashville (Michigan), USA

C/N

P66/0031

RM-10

Date In

Oct 1954

Date Out

May 1976

History

RM-10/OT-ZAJ (BAF90), N51966 (Air America), Stored at Mojave (CA, USA)

C/N

P66/0032

RM-11

Date In

Oct 1954

Date Out

Jun 1976

History

RM-11/OT-ZAK (BAF91), N51970 (Air America), last noted at El Mirage-Adelanto Field, (CA USA)

C/N

P66/0033

RM-12

Date In

Oct 1954

Date Out

Jun 1975

History

RM-12/OT-ZAL (BAF92), N51972 (Air America), stored at Watsonville (CA, USA)

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