Two examples of the F+W C-3605 “Schlepp” have been spotted for sale.
The F+W C-3605, nicknamed Schlepp (“Tug”) or “Alpine Anteater”, was a target towing aircraft operated by the Swiss Air Force from 1971–1987. The aircraft was developed during the latter half of the 1960s by the Swiss Federal Construction Works (Eidgenoessische Konstruktionswerkstaette) (EKW), renamed Farner Werke (F+W) in 1972, as a conversion of the existing C-3603 ground attack/target towing aircraft. Following a successful prototype conversion in 1968, 23 aircraft were converted between 1971–1973 with 2 still flying in private hands.
Available examples include S/N C-509 (HB-RDH) which is pictured above. The airframe reportedly has 2156.21 TTSN, while the Lycoming T-53-2-7 engine has 837.21 STO (Turbine Time: 837.21). It is painted in its original markings and has a stock military interior in “good condition.” The machine is located in Switzerland with pricing available upon request. Click here to check out the complete listing.
Also available is S/N 274 (HB-RDB), the listing for which states:
Perfect condition, served with Swiss Air Force, annual inspection: April 2019. TSN 1’019 hrs, Lycoming T-53-7A engine TSO 751 hrs / HSI 1’200 hrs, Hamilton Standard 53C51-23 prop TSN 1’019 hrs / potential: 1’200 hrs – Trig TY97 (2017), Garmin GTX-328 (2016), Artex ELT-ME406 (2016) – All maintenance records complete – Comprehensive package of spare parts available separately – Quality 10/10
This machine is also located in Switzerland with pricing available upon request. Click here to check out the complete listing.
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