Aviationweb déjà vu                 Luchtvaart déjà vu aeroplane gallery


SAAB 91 Safir
Cessna F.150 Commuter
De Havilland DH.82A
G-AJHS N8233
N90277 PH-DLK
Slingsby T.67C-3 Firefly
PH-SGA Slingsby T.67C-3 Firefly c/n 2074 - KLS - Groningen Airport Eelde in Holland - 6 May 1993 Groningen Airport Eelde (GRQ)

The Slingsby T.67 Firefly is a two-seat civil and military primary trainer. The Slingsby Firefly is a development of the Fournier RF-6B further developed by Slingsby Engineering Ltd. Production by Slingsby started with nine T.67As, which were basically licence built RF-6B-120s. The first Slingsby T.67A, G-BIOW c/n 1988, flew first in 1981. After re-development of the airplane with maximal use of glass fibre reinforced plastics the T.67B entered production, being the first UK-certified composite aircraft. The prototype of the T.67B, G-BUIZ c/n 1998, was flown first on 16 April 1981, and served as a development machine. A 116 hp Textron Lycoming O-235-N2A engine powers the T.67B. Further development of the aircraft resulted in the Slingsby T.67C Firefly. The T.67C is similar to the T.67B except for its more powerful 120kW (160hp) Textron Lycoming O-320 engine. The T-67C-3 as used by the KLS has wing tanks and a three-piece canopy. Next to the T.67C a military version, the T.67M was introduced. The first T.67M Firefly, G-BKAM c/n 1999, flew on 5 December 1982. 112 Slingby T.67M-260s were delivered as Slingsby T-3A Firefly to the U.S. Air Force's Air Education and Training Command for use as trainer aircraft to screen pilot candidates. 290 civil and military T.67s of all models were built.

In 1990, the RLS bought 9 Slingsby T.67C-3 Firefly for the basic training. They replaced the eight Cessna F.152-IIs operating in this role since 1980. The 1990-built Slingsby T67C-3 c/n 2074 was tested as G-7-137. On 4 September 1990, the Slingsby T.67C-3 was registered PH-SGA with Staat der Nederlanden/Ministerie van Verkeer en Waterstaat/Rijksluchtvaartdienst/Directie Rijksluchtvaartschool, Eelde. When in August 1991, the KLM took over the RLS and transferred it into the KLM Luchtvaartschool: the aircraft were repainted in the basic KLM colours. On 28 August 1991, the PH-SGA was registered with KLM Luchtvaartschool BV, Eelde. After the PH-SGA was withdrawn from use by the KLM Luchtvaartschool, the airframe was sold in the UK. On 22 August 2002, registration PH-SGI was cancelled as exported to the UK. On 23 August 2002, the aircraft was registered G-FLUG in the UK with G. Laden, North Ferriby. On 6 May 1993, the Slingsby T.67C-3 Firefly PH-SGA was photographed in the KLS colours.

page last updated: 15-08-2005
Copyright © Jack Wolbrink, Emmen, the Netherlands

  aeroplanes index   helicopters index   EC120 - H120 productionlist   Micro Light Aeroplanes   European Airfields