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Piaggio P.149D / FWP.149
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D-EIFE Piaggio FWP.149D c/n 129 - Seagull Formation - Hoogeveen airfield in Holland - 28 November 2006 vliegveld Hoogeveen (EHHO)

The Piaggio P.149 was a 4-seat touring development of the P.148, a 2-seat side-by-side all metal trainer with a fixed tailwheel undercarriage. The prototype of the P.149 (I-PIAM c/n 171) with a 260 hp Avco Lycoming GO-435-C2 engine and a retractable tri-gear flew first on 19 June 1953. Two years later the P.149 was selected by the Federal German Air Force as a standard basic training and liaison monoplane. To meet their requirements a 2-seat military trainer version of the P.149 with glazed cabin roof, deeper rear fuselage and a 280 hp Lycoming GO-480 engine was developed, designated P.149-D. The Federal German Air Force (Luftwaffe der Bundesrepublik Deutschland) ordered 265 Piaggio P.149D for use as a 2-seat primary trainer and 5-seat liaison aircraft. Piaggio built 76, including one which was written off before delivery. In 1955 Focke-Wulf obtained a licence to build the Italian-designed Piaggio P-149D. Focke-Wulf built 190 under licence from Piaggio. The first Piaggio built P.149D (AS+401 c/n 250) was delivered to Memmingen Air Base in May 1957. In the mean time Focke-Wulf had started production in Bremen, Germany, and delivered its first example in November 1957. In 1963, Focke-Wulf Flugzeugbau AG merged with Weser-Flugzeugbau GmbH to form VFW GmbH.
The ICAO Aircraft Type Designator for both the Piaggio P.149D and Focke-Wulf Piaggio FWP.149D is P149.

Five ex. German Air Force Piaggio FWP.149D's are based at Hoogeveen aerodrome in the Netherlands: D-EEGD; D-EERP; D-EFTU; D-EGIT and D-EIFE. These Piaggio's or "Piggi's" belong to "Stichting Vliegsport Seagull" and are well known as the "Seagull Formation". Piaggio FWP.149D s/n 129 was one of the 190 built by Focke-Wulf under licence from Piaggio and entered service with the Luftwaffe TSLw1 (Technische Schule der Luftwaffe 1) as KB+106. In service with the Luftwaffe the aircraft was re-serialed BF+417 and 91+08. As most of the FWP-149D's the 9108 was withdrawn from use in the period 1971-1974. The aircraft entered the German civil-register as D-EIFE in January 1975.
On 28 November 2006, Seagull Formation' Piaggio FWP.149D D-EIFE was seen at Hoogeveen airfield (EHHO).

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