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Aircraft Stats:

Powerplant: 1 x Lycoming 200hp 4-cylinder engine
Speed: 202 kph, 125mph mph
Seats: 4
Span: 9.8m, ft
Empty Weight: 621kg, 1,370lb
Max T/O Weight: 998kg, 2,200lb

Weapons:
None specified

Squadrons:
SAAF Museum Historic Flight

Attrition:
No incidents found

Explorer

 
Status: Museum
Manufacturer: Patchen
Country of Manufacture: United States
Role: Reconnaissance/Utility
 
Description:

The Explorer was was developed for pipeline patrol operation, aerial photography and lawenforcement agencies. The large forward view from the unobstructed canopy made this an ideal observation aircraft.

Construction of a prototype was completed by the Aerofab Corp. of Sanford, ME, and its flight-test program was completed in November 1972.

The prototype was shipped to South Africa and evaluated by the SAAF's Test Flight and Development Centre for use as a light recon forward air control aircraft, but was not quite what was required. As a result it languished in a hangar for many years before being donated to the SAAF Museum.

The Explorer, serial 2000, is part of the SAAF Museum Historic Flight.