The PD-808 is a six-ten-seat light utility jet aircraft which was intended for both civil and military use. The first prototype flew on 29 August 1964. Four versions were produced for the Italian Air Force as the PD-808 VIP six-seater for government and military VIP transport duties; PD-808 TA nine-seat transport and navigation trainer; PD-808 ECM electronic-countermeasures version; and the PD-808 RM radio-calibration version that is equipped for medium- and high-altitude calibration of navigation aids.
| ENGINE||2 x Piaggio (RR Bristol) Viper Mk 526, 1524kg|
| Take-off weight||8165 kg||18001 lb|
| Loaded weight||4830 kg||10648 lb|
| Wingspan||13.2 m||43 ft 4 in|
| Length||12.85 m||42 ft 2 in|
| Height||4.8 m||16 ft 9 in|
| Wing area||20.9 m2||224.97 sq ft|
| Max. speed||850 km/h||528 mph|
| Ceiling||13700 m||44950 ft|
| Range w/max.fuel||2100 km||1305 miles|
During the initial take-of at Genoa Airport the outboard engine injested a seagull. The take-of could not be aborted. During the climb seawards, it was found that the plane could not fly straight on one engine. It was fortunate that the bird had entered the seaward engine elsewise the plane would not have gainned sufficient altitute to prevent it crashing into the hills behind genoa . It resulted in the exhaust cones being kinked out. This solved the problem of flying one one engine and also prevented the outgoing gassed burning paint off the rear part of the aircraft.
The PD-808 was developed jointly with Douglas (hence the "D" in the designation). Douglas anticipated being the North American seller of the type, with bizjet and light military transport duties in mind. But Douglas then pulled out of the program, probably because of its declining corporate fortunes that soon led to its merger with McDonnell. Piaggio was left to do what it could with the PD-808, which in the end was almost nothing outside of Italy.
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