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Pilatus Porter History
by Markus Herzig
S/N 599

S/N: 599 Built: 1966 TSN: > 14'500
Registration Type Operator / Owner From To Remarks
N394R PC-6/A-H2 Air America 1966-02 1967 org del to Foshing Airlines
N394R PC-6/C-H2 Air America 1967 1975-06 cvt to C-H2 around 1967
N394R PC-6/C-H2 Omni Aircraft Sales 1975-06 1977-07  
ST-AGW PC-6/C-H2 NAO / Gulf International 1977-07 1989-08 wfu and stored in Malta
N394R PC-6/C-H2 United Parachutes Corp. 1992-08 1995-03  
N394R PC-6/C-H2 Tom Bishop (Skydive Texas) 1995-03-01 2005-05-19 wo 28-Aug-03 at Vigo Park,TX
           
On May 19, 2001 N394R was used to set three really crazy World Record and registry in the "Guiness Book of Records". Skydiver Michael Zang made 500 skydives in 24 hours! That means an average time per jump of 2:45. The Porter took around a minute to reach 2'100 feet, 40 seconds Michael needs to jump down .. again and again. Every three hours the Porter need some fuel and the guys someting to drink and to eat. Further on, this Porter holds now the Guiness record for the most takeoff and landings in 24 hours and the pilot (Tom Bishop) holds the record with 424 consecutive takeoff and landings with no relief (21 hours straight). Congratulations !!

ST-AGW of Air Taxi / Gulf International at Karthoum - Photo by Willy Henderickx © 10-Jun-79 N394R of Tom Bishop / Skydive Texas at Decatur - Photo by Christoph Kugler © Nov-98
N394R - Photo by Danny Timmons © 2001 The last step of #599 as spare parts - Photo by Ron Marshall © 10-May-05

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