No. 12594. Pazmany PL-2 (SE-XCU c/n SE-01)
Photographed at Lelystad, Netherlands, by Henk Wadman

Pazmany PL-2

09/30/2014. Remarks by Walter van Tilborg: "The PL-2 of Ladislao Pazmany was derived from his earlier PL-1 Laminar from which it mainly differed in having an all-metal construction and it was also fitted with a redesigned slightly wider and roomier cabin, a much easier construction, a more powerful engine and also had a lower empty weight than the PL-1. The prototype was built in USA by H. Pio and this aircraft had an 125 hp Lycoming 0-290-G engine. It was first flown on April 4, 1969. The PL-2 became popular among amateur builders, plans were available via Pazmany Aircraft Corporation. Examples were completed in several countries, with engines in the 120 to 160 hp range. Most aircraft were fairly stock and sometimes designations as PL-2-130 and PL-2-245 were observed. In several countries light planes were developed which were based on or often a modified copy of the PL-2.

Personnel of the Vietnamese Air Force at Tan Son Nhut AFB, South Vietnam constructed one PL-2 for evaluation as light trainer. Designated Tien Phong (TP-001) it made the first flight on July 1, 1971. Plans for additional aircraft were cancelled. A derivative developed in Indonesia by Lipnur was designated LT-200.

The ENET-1 (Escuela Nacional de Educación Técnica No.1, National School for Technical Education No.1) 1 of the Fuerza Aerea Argentina (Argentine AF) completed an example of the PL-2, which flew for the first time in August 1988. A projected variant was developed by the ENET-1, designated PL-3 Gurí, but work was stopped in 1990 prior to completion of a prototype.

The Japanese company Miyauchi Manufacturing Co Ltd built a prototype of a projected commercial version of the PL-2. Designated Miyauchi PL-2 and powered by an 150 hp Lycoming O-320 engine, this aircraft made its first flight on October 8, 1972. Further development was halted.

Examples of the PL-2 were built by/for the Air Forces of Thailand (2 aircraft), Philippines, South Korea (4), Indonesia for evaluation of the type as potential light trainer and a small number was operated by the Sri Lanka AF, the aircraft having been produced by the Aircraft Engineering Wing of the Sri Lanka AF in a program headed by Wing Commander N. Gunarathnam. The first Sri Lankan example flew on August 11, 1980. One PL-2 was also constructed (from a kit) by personnel of the Pakistan AF at Faisal AFB. The Pakistan aircraft had an 150 hp Lycoming O-320 and first flew in September 1981, it later joined the collection of the Pakistan AF Museum in Karachi.

Construction of the pictured aircraft was started by Rolf Lennkvist of Skällersta, Sweden, in 1971, on December 6, 1975, the project was transferred to H.F. Nielsen of Partille, who flew the aircraft for the first time on June 22, 1977; a CofA was issued on November 17, 1977. The aircraft was written off in an accident at Harderslev, Denmark, on June 28, 1992. The registration was cancelled on July 10, 2000."

Created September 30, 2014