P149D & FWP149D
At first the newly formed German Luftwaffe was not really interested in the P-149 trainer. In 1955 there was a competition held between the Beech Mentor, the Saab Safir and the P-149 . The I-PIAF gave a brilliant performance and left its contestants far behind. The aroused interest nearly cooled down because of an unscheduled belly landing. The pilot had forgotten to lower the gear in his enthusiasm. Only the propeller was damaged, and immediately replaced. Next day the airplane and the pilot flew again, which was a proof of the sturdiness of its construction. Because of its ample space aboard and its capacity to be used as a liaison aircraft as well as a trainer, the P149 became first choice.
The German Luftwaffe ordered many aircraft of this type, and some flight schools of civil airlines ordered several aircraft.
The type ordered by the Luftwaffe was called the P149D.The German specifications, like a heavier engine, were followed in this design. 75 Aircraft were ordered and built by Piaggio in Genoa, and afterwards another 190 aircraft were built under license by Focke Wulf ( the FWP149D) in Bremen. The engines were at first made by Lycoming and Piaggio, later on BMW and M.A.N. manufactured them under license.
A productionhall at Focke Wulf in Bremen