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The view out the bubble canopy is panoramic, and the sensations
strenuous and exhilarating, yet you force yourself to focus
on the lead airplane to the exclusion of all else as you race along
at more than 250 knots.
" This is the kind of teamwork and level of trust we're accustomed
to in military aviation, " said Chris Koelzer, president of
Victory Aviation, a 5-year-old company in Denton, Texas, that
teaches unusual attitude recoveries, jet formation flying, and
S.211 type training. " But it's not exclusive to the military. The same
shared vision, accountability, and excellence can carry through to
other pursuits, too. "
Victory Aviation flies a pair of Italian-built S.211s that served
as advanced trainers for decades in the Republic of Singapore Air
Force. A third airplane is being extensively modernized before it
joins them.
The stylish aircraft were built in the 1980s and early 1990s but
didn't catch on then. Only Singapore, the Philippines, and Haiti
bought them as military trainers, and a total of 60 were delivered
worldwide. But now they're gaining a new life on the civilian market,
especially in the United States where 17 have been registered
and flown and more are being restored.
The airplanes are powered by Pratt & Whitney JT15 engines
that have logged millions of flight hours on Cessna Citation
I and II corporate jets; they use U.S. batteries, brakes, tires,
and other consumables; spare parts are available (although not
plentiful); U.S. owners can license them under experimental/
exhibition rules that allow wide latitude for updating, modernizing,
and traveling in them; and the cost of flying and fueling
them is less exorbitant than comparable Eastern bloc jets on
the civilian market.
" These airplanes fly like Ferraris and they reflect their
manufacturer's best traditions of style, craftsmanship, and performance, "
said Koelzer, a former U.S. Marine F/A-18 Hornet pilot.
" When we get them, we make them even better. "
Wish list
ictory Aviation's wish list for improving
the S.211 is much the same as for
any other new airplane that shows
up in Texas. Owners and pilots want
more fuel for greater range, and air
conditioning.
And just
like any 30-something-year-old
airplane, there's a
lot of catching up to do in avionics.
Victory's three airplanes illustrate the
S.211's continuing evolution.
The company's first airplane is stock. It's still got a
" Dreamsicle " orange-and-white Singapore paint job, and the
instrument panel is all analog. ForeFlight and an iPad are the
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