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Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. is an aircraft manufacturer located in Stans, Switzerland. It is owned by the Oerlikon-Bührle company and employs more than 1,100 people.
The company was established in 1939, but it was not until 1944 that a Pilatus-built aircraft, the SB-2 Pelican, first took to the air. Soon after, in 1945, Pilatus started producing the P-2 trainer for the Swiss Air Force, of which 54 were built.
The first of more than 70 PC-7 MkII Turbo Trainers was built in 1994. The same year saw the introduction of Pilatus' most successful plane, the turboprop-powered PC-12 multi-purpose aircraft. To date, more than 300 have been built.
The first PC-12 Eagle surveillance aircraft was built in 1995. It is marketed in the western hemisphere by Pilatus Business Aircraft - a wholly owned subsidiary of Pilatus Aircraft headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado - which was established in the United States in 1996.
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