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Scottish Aviation Pioneer — STOL superb in the nick of time

15 January 2014

Scottish Aviation Pioneer — STOL superb in the nick of time

03° 07′ oo” N / 101° 42′ 11″ E

Scottish Aviation Pioneer — photo by Joseph May

Scottish Aviation Pioneer in the display hangar of the Royal Malaysian Air Force Museum in Kuala Lumpur — photo by Joseph May

Scottish Aviation Pioneer — photo by Joseph May

Inside the display hangar the Scottish Aviation Pioneer is in the foreground with the Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer in the background — photo by Joseph May

Scottish Aviation produced this unheralded yet spectacularly performing utility aircraft with admirable STOL (short take off and landing) ability. Perhaps because it earned its reputation in conflict areas that weren’t the headline news of the day (though notable all the same) the Pioneer could use an airstrip hardly longer than a rugby field or soccer pitch — and often was called upon to do so. Unusually large flaps as well as generous leading edge slats (both much like the Helio Courier which was a contemporary), along with the Alvis Leonides radial engine (520 hp / 388kW) pulling it along, Pioneers could be flown slowly (36 mph / 58kph) and carry three passengers (or a litter casualty) with the pilot sitting in a single forward position.

Scottish Aviation Pioneer — photo by Joseph May

The Scottish Aviation Pioneer’s stout and well braced landing gear marks it as an STOL as does the powerful Alvis Leonides radial engine — photo by Joseph May

Scottish Aviation Pioneer — photo by Joseph May

A closer look at the cockpit shows the Pioneer’s pilot sat forward of all the passengers — photo by Joseph May

Scottish Aviation Pioneer — photo by Joseph May

A better view showing the Pioneer’s Alvis Leonides radial engine — photo by Joseph May

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A review of a visit to the Royal Malaysian Air Force Museum as well as another post regarding the Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer were published earlier.

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