My Favorite STOL

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Yes, I still love the Super Cub — but.

Pilatus PC-6




The Pilatus Porter (PC-6) is a Swiss built aircraft that has a long history of amazing short take-offs and landings. The video below is from the feature film, Air America. Landing on the side of a hill, turning and taking off was one of the things that real Air America pilots did every day during the Secret War in Laos. They go for about a million dollars. And if I had a million bucks burning a hole in my pocket, I’d buy one and fly it to cool places — because I could.

Bush Plane Take off and Landing

One of the more interesting STOL aircraft is the 8GCBC Scout built by American Champion Aircraft Co. The aircraft was subject to its share of accidents because pilots often over fly the airframe (wood and fabric over a metal tube frame). But they can do some amazing short runway work. All in all, I’d rather have the 10 passenger Porter.

Dornier 228 lands at Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lulka, Nepal




5 thoughts on “My Favorite STOL

  1. Yes, and as you know, there were a number of them. The latest one in the AA Company history was the Porter (as I recall) before it morphed into Southern Air Transport. SAT had different aircraft.

  2. It must be great to be able to fly. I quite like the little red Bush plane or maybe a spitfire!

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