On a lighter note

This is a Transavia PL12 M-300 Airtruk multipurpose military aircraft at the NSW Bicentennial Airshow, October 2008. The Airtruk was normally built as an agricultural aeroplane, at Seven Hills in Sydney. It was possessed of a pretty spectacular performance when lightly loaded, and the passenger/freight PL12U and M300 were intended as inexpensive short field carriers for undeveloped areas.
Unfortunately, the Airtruk’s production rate was glacially slow – averaging 5 airframes per year over a run lasting a quarter of a century. More aggressive marketing and a more efficient production line may have given this interesting design a bright future, rather than a regrettable past.

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