View Full Version : PC-9 colour(s) ?

27th May 2003, 20:09
What colour scheme sholud be applied to the new Pilatus PC-9M's ?

27th May 2003, 21:15
Just out of curiosity, why do the Air Corps insist on using that god awful dayglo colour scheme?

27th May 2003, 21:36
Because they are military training aircraft, it is (was?) common practise in years gone by across europe to have trainers in a military green with the tips painted dayglow orange. The Casa's however dont have any dayglow colours because of their different operational use, maritime patrol and of course discretely bringing ministers to pub openings.... also the orange the marchettis can quite easily be painted over if the need arose.

I agree it looks terrible but its functional, in making the aircraft highly visible in the sky and on the ground and i assume thats a valuble asset in training... in the RAF though their trainers have pretty neat high viz designs, but the tucano's as far as i know have no combat role in the raf structure (though im probably wrong!)

I did some designs for the PC-9's a while ago and they are up on a webpage... it was posted a few months ago.. (here it is!http://www.geocities.com/nonexistantfoo/ )but i believe a grey would be best but with orange wing tips..

Anyway just my opinion

27th May 2003, 23:31
Sorry guys and gals, but I reckon they should be painted in camo colours.
One of the very important functions of these aircrafts is to be Air Corps, and represent the military in a very unmistakeable way.
Because they do not have the distinctive look of military aircraft, as would the combat aircrafts, WE SHOULD HAVE, such an apperence will have to be grafted onto them, and they should fly with at least wepon pylons fitted at all times.
So that even the few who give a damn will notice their precious tax-euro at work.

27th May 2003, 23:57
Correct me if I am wrong (I know you guys will ;) ) but isn't the plan to have 4 x PC-9's for the light strike role (squadron?) and 4 for training only ?

I wonder what are the chances of two different colour schemes for each group of aircraft ?

The Slovenian PC-9's are camo with grey undersides.
Would that fulfil you requirements Turkey ;) ?


28th May 2003, 00:08
This would be my first choice...........


28th May 2003, 00:26
the only thing with the overall grey is... these aircraft are going to be flowing low level mainly, so grey will stick out pretty obvious against the ground - these arent air defence aircraft either so the they dont need to be camoflaged to aircraft in the sky...

the grey undersides and dpm type/green upper surfaces makes the best sense probably... however.. lets really push out the boat here...

instead of the shark which features on so many aircraft worldwide... why not be individualistic.. and stick the light strike squadrons panther on the nose :)

if done properly it would be great eye candy and i think it would make it pretty damn obvious its a military aircraft turkey ;)

28th May 2003, 00:36
Foo, that sounds good to me, and a motif that has not been hacked to death[like the sharkmouth].


28th May 2003, 01:10
Hmmm... I originally voted for low viz gray, but I think camo is better now. Save the low viz gray for the Fighters....

28th May 2003, 01:43
if we had the panther,would we be eligible for Tigermeet?

28th May 2003, 09:17
Wouldn't we have to be in NATO, which despite what Eoin "Headshots" Dubsky thinks we aren't.

28th May 2003, 09:18
Besides, panthers aren't tigers

28th May 2003, 19:50
Option 2.

Slovenian PC-9 with camo and grey underside scheme.


Joey D
29th May 2003, 01:19
At least they can do fly overs, whatever the colours - instead of having to get the RAF to do fly overs (like over Lansdowne Road for the Heineken Cup Final last week)

29th May 2003, 17:01
they would not have been as awesome as the brit jets but would'nt the marchettis been capable of performing the flyover at heinekan cup game last week?? :flagwave:

Bud Fox
29th May 2003, 17:28
Why should we have to rely on the Brits for everything

Joey D
30th May 2003, 00:34
Its not the whole Brit thing that annoyed me but rather that its not often that the public can see the Air Corps in action and that an Air Corps actually exists in Ireland. I think the Heineken Cup was a good opportunity wasted.

30th May 2003, 12:07
there're are plenty of occasions for aer corps flyovers over croke park
almost every sunday or the upcoming soccer internationals but who would do the requesting and of whom. however as someone else said, they already have enough publicity and can't take those looking to join the force . :flagwave:

Gunner Al
30th May 2003, 16:05
Do ya think the AirCorp will have any involvment in the Special Oylimpics, like a flyover for VIPs or anything like that?

I think they need a new PR manager just to get them noticed!!

Big Al
30th May 2003, 16:14
aircraft first then a pr manager, who wants to see a turboprop flyover?????

Joey D
30th May 2003, 16:21
Where's your sence of pride! Its a turboprop with a tricolour painted on it!:-patriot: