Last updated on: March 6, 2012
The P-16 was a failed Swiss design for a ground-attack jet fighter, eventually losing out to the Hawker Hunter after just five prototypes were built. Elements of the design, however, would show up later in the early models of the Learjet business jets.
This is a work in progress and any help would be appreciated. Information on these planes is rather difficult to locate online and this work will remain incomplete unless you the readers offer to help me. Please feel free to pass along any information that you might have.
At the end of this page is a list of people who have graciously offered their help. Thank you all very much!
P-16 Mk.1 Prototype J-3001
*4/25/1955: First flight.
*8/31/1955: Crashed into Lake Constance due to engine failure. Pilot ejected safely.
Photo of P-16 Prototype J-3001
P-16 Mk.1 Prototype J-3002
*6/16/1955: First flight.
*Flew with civil registration “X-HB-VAB”.
*Scrapped following end of the test program.
Photo of P-16 Prototype J-3002
P-16 Mk.2 Prototype J-3003
*4/15/1957: First flight.
*3/25/1958: Crashed into Lake Bodensee due to hydraulic failure. Pilot ejected safely.
Photo of P-16 Prototype J-3003
P-16 Mk.3 Prototype J-3004
*7/8/1959: First flight.
*Flew with civil registration “X-HB-VAC”.
*1978: Broken up at Altenrhein APT, Saint Gallen.
Photo of P-16 Prototype J-3004
P-16 Mk.3 Prototype J-3005
*3/24/1960: First flight.
*Flew with civil registration “X-HB-VAD”.
*Aircraft on display at the Swiss Air Force Museum at Dubendorf AB is a composite of two of the prototypes.
Photo of P-16 Prototype J-3005
Photo of P-16 Prototype J-3005 (as of today)
For their assistance in various parts of this project, I would like to give thanks to the following individual people...