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HISTORY

  • Designed in 1939, the prototype of the C-3605 was powered by a Hispano-Suiza HS-51 12Y piston engine. It was designed for several roles including fighter, ground attack, and light bomber. By 1942, 150 of the all-metal aircraft had been delivered to the Swiss Air Force from the EKW factory in Thun. Used in conjunction with the Swiss Messerschmitt Bf-1 09, it was employed patrolling neutral Swiss airspace throughout WWII. The piston-engine version continued to serve as late as 1952.
  • By the late 1940s several had been converted to target tugs, extending their usefulness for more than an additional decade. Several aircraft were converted to turboprop power during the period 1968 to 1973. By 1987 all of the C-3605 Schlepp's had been retired from the Swiss Air Force.
  • Planes of Fame Air Museum's C-3605 was built under license from the Federal Aircraft Factory at Emmens by Swiss Dornier AG to tow illuminated targets at night. Thus, it was known as the "Schlepp-Leucht." It was built as a piston-engine target tug and later converted to a turboprop, with a Lycoming engine. It was retired from the Fligerabwerwaffe in 1987. The Museum flew its C-3605 in the early days of possession, but now it is a static display, yet to be restored to airworthiness in the future. This image displays it in flight.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Status: Static Display
Manufacturer: Eidgenossisches Flugzeugwerk (F+W)
Year: 1943
Model: C-3605
Registration Number: NX360BP
Serial Number: 534
Crew: 2
Max T/O Weight: 8,194 lb.
Span: 45 ft. 1 in.
Length: 39 ft. 6 in.
Height: 13 ft. 5 in.
Maximum Speed: 268 mph
Cruise Speed: 217 mph
Rate of Climb: N/A
Power Plant: 1 × Lycoming T53-L-7A turboprop engine, 1,100 hp.
Range: 609 miles
Service Ceiling: 32,800 ft.
Armament: None

 

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