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Neiva Universal

Neiva Universal

The Neiva N621 Universal is a Brazilian propeller-driven basic trainer and ground attack aircraft manufactured by Indústria Aeronáutica Neiva. It is a cantilever, low-wing monoplane of all-metal construction, with retractable undercarriage and side-by-side seating.

Design and development

The Universal was designed in 1963 as a new primary trainer for the Brazilian Air Force, as a replacement for the T-6 Texan and Fokker S-11/S-12 types then in use. The prototype (Registration PP-ZTW) first flew on 29 April 1966. The Brazilian Air Force ordered 150 aircraft as the T-25 Universal, and increased this order in 1978 by an additional 28 aircraft. A further developed version (designated the YT-25B Universal II) first flew on the 22 October 1978 but was not put into production.

The Universal was also adopted as a counter-insurgancy aircraft. It was later replaced by the Tucano in both the training and attack roles.

Ten aircraft were ordered by the Chilean Army. These aircraft were later transferred to the Chilean Air Force.

Fuerza Aerea Paraguaya and Fuerza Aerea Boliviana also operate/operated the T-25 Universal (aircarft donated by the Brazilian Air Force).

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