Percival Pembroke


The Percival Pembroke is a British high-wing twin-engined light transport aircraft built by the Percival Aircraft Company, later Hunting Percival.

P.66 Pembroke
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Privately owned Hunting Percival P.66 Pembroke C.1 takes off in 2008
Role Light transport
Manufacturer Percival Aircraft Company
First flight 21 November 1952
Introduction 1953
Retired 1988
Primary user Royal Air Force
Produced 1953–1958
Number built 128
Developed from Percival Prince


The Pembroke was a development of the Percival Prince civil transport. It had a longer wing to permit a higher fully laden weight. The prototype flew on 21 November 1952. Production was complete in early 1958.

Operational historyEdit

Percival Pembroke C.1 of Bomber Command Communications Squadron at Blackbushe Airport Hampshire in September 1956.

It entered service with the Royal Air Force as the Percival Pembroke C.1 in 1953 to replace the Avro Anson for light transport duties. As with other RAF transports, the passenger seats are rearward-facing for improved safety.

Six were produced as the Pembroke C(PR).1 photographic reconnaissance aircraft. These saw use by No. 81 Squadron RAF during the Malayan Emergency. The RAF's Pembrokes were modified to extend their lifespan in 1970. The last unit to use them was No. 60 Squadron RAF based at RAF Wildenrath in Germany, these were withdrawn from use in 1988 and were replaced by the Hawker Siddeley Andover.

The Finnish Air Force operated two aircraft for aerial photography between 1956 and 1968, on behalf of the National Land Survey of Finland. One of the aircraft was destroyed when it hit a snow wall during landing in 1965. The other aircraft is currently stored at the Aviation Museum of Central Finland.[1]


P.66 Pembroke C.1
Communications and transport variant for the RAF, 44 built.
P.66 Pembroke C(PR).1
Photographic reconnaissance variant for the RAF, six built and two conversions from C.1.
P.66 Pembroke C.51
Export variant for Belgium.
P.66 Pembroke C.52
Export variant for Sweden. Swedish military designation Tp 83.
P.66 Pembroke C.53
Export variant for Finland.
P.66 Pembroke C.54
Export variant for West Germany.
P.66 Pembroke C.55
Export variant for Sudan.
P.66 President
Civil transport version, five built.


Luftwaffe Pembroke C.54 preserved at the Junior Museum, Hermeskeil, Germany, in June 2007
  United Kingdom

Surviving aircraftEdit

Preserved Pembroke C.1 WV740 giving a flying display
United Kingdom
United States
Pembroke on display in Neelyville, Missouri, US
  • XF796 – C.1 airworthy with Giuseppe Baldassarri in Carrollton, Georgia.[16][17]
  • RM-1 – Currently on Static display in Oshkosh Wisconsin. It previously served with the Belgian Air Force.[18][19]
  • RM-9-C.51 stored outside at Anoka-Blaine airport Slated to be dismantled and moved to Nashville Michigan / Round Engine Aero.
  • Unmarked on display at Stateline Liquor Store in Neelyville, Missouri. It displays nose art of a Tequila bottle and the name "Tequila Sunrise".

Specifications (Pembroke C.1)Edit


Data from Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1956–57[20]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 6–10 passengers
  • Length: 46 ft 0 in (14.02 m)
  • Wingspan: 64 ft 6 in (19.66 m)
  • Height: 16 ft 1 in (4.90 m)
  • Wing area: 400 sq ft (37 m2)
  • Aspect ratio: 10.4:1
  • Airfoil: NACA 23017
  • Empty weight: 8,969 lb (4,068 kg)
  • Gross weight: 13,000 lb (5,897 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Alvis Leonides 127 nine-cylinder air-cooled radial engines, 540 hp (400 kW) each


  • Maximum speed: 220 mph (350 km/h, 190 kn) at 2,000 ft (610 m)
  • Cruise speed: 185 mph (298 km/h, 161 kn) at 10,000 ft (3,000 m) (weak mixture)
  • Range: 1,030 mi (1,660 km, 900 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 22,000 ft (6,700 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,500 ft/min (7.6 m/s)

See alsoEdit

Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era

Related lists



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External linksEdit

  • RAF museum
  • Contemporary advert for Pembroke
  • "Flight" 1954 cutaway drawing military mission roles