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The Short SC.7 Skyvan


The Short SC.7 Skyvan is a 19-seater twin turboprop aircraft manufactured by Short Brothers of Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is used mainly for short-haul freight and skydiving.

The Short Skyvan Series was actually quite a useful and economical airplane during its heyday. 

Its a high wing twin-engined all-metal monoplane with a high semi-cantilever tailplane with twin rudders. The first flight of the Skyvan, the Skyvan 1, was on January 17, 1963. It is affectionately called "the shed" by pilots and crew.

The Short 330 and Short 360 are stretched models of the original SC-7 which were designed as regional airliners.But this airplane had downsides, like this aircraft was not pressurized, wich meant it couldn't fly over 10 000 ft. This craft showed that it was not the best for airliners,it later got replaced by the much better Bombardier Dash 8.

In the movie
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In Rio, it is used by the smugglers when they tried to escape.

Use in real life

Two SC.7 were used by the Argentinian Naval Prefecture in the Falklands War in 1982 with both of them getting destroyed by the end of the war.

Nowadays the SC.7 Skyvan is used by the Guyana Defense Force, The Royal Air Force Of Oman and by small airlines.


General characteristics

  • Crew: 1-2
  • Capacity: 19 passengers
  • Length: 12.21 m (40 ft 1 in)
  • Wingspan: 19.78 m (64 ft 11 in)
  • Height: 4.6 m (15 ft 1 in)
  • Wing area: 35.12 m² (378 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 3,331 kg (7,344 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 5,670 kg (12,500 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Garrett AiResearch TPE-331-201 Turboprops, 533 kW (715 hp) each


  • Never exceed speed: 402 km/h, 217 knots (250 mph)
  • Maximum speed: 325 km/h, 175 knots (202 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 317 km/h (170 knots, 197 mph)
  • Stall speed: 111 km/h, 60 knots (69 mph)
  • Range: 1,117 km (694 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 6858 m (22,500 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 500 m/min (1,640 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 136.6 kg/m² (33.5 lb/ft²)

Gallery of the Short SC.7 Skyvan