Fairchild Aerospace Metro II, III & 23

  • CountryUnited States of America
  • Type19 seat regional airliner
  • PowerplantsMetro II - Two 700kW (940shp) Garrett AiResearch TPE3313UW303G turboprops driving three blade constant speed propellers. 23 - Two 745kW (1000shp) AlliedSignal TPE33111U612Gs, or 820kW (1100shp) TPE33112UARs.
  • PerformanceII - Max cruising speed 473km/h (255kt), long range cruising speed 450km/h (242kt). Service ceiling 27,000ft. Range with 19 passengers and reserves at max cruising speed 346km (187nm), with 15 pax and reserves at max cruising speed 1100km (595nm). 23 - Max cruising speed 542km/h (293kt). Service ceiling 25,000ft. Range with 19 passengers and reserves 2065km (1314nm), with 2268kg (5000lb) payload and reserves 988km (533nm).
  • WeightsII - Empty 3380kg (7450lb), max takeoff 5670kg (12,500lb). 23 - Operating empty 4309kg (9500lb), max takeoff 7484kg (16,500lb).
  • DimentionsII - Wing span 14.10m (46ft 3in), length 18.09m (59ft 4in), height 5.08m (16ft 8in). Wing area 25.8m2 (277.5sq ft). 23 - Same except for wing span 17.37m (57ft 0in). Wing area 28.7m2 (309.0sq ft).
  • CapacityFlightcrew of two. Passenger seating for 19 at two abreast and 76cm (30in) pitch. Merlin IV and 23 also seat 12 to 14 passengers in a corporate configuration. The Expediter I and 23 are freighters.
  • ProductionOver 1000 Metros built.

Regardless of a moderate begin to deals in the early 1970s, the Metro arrangement has turned into a standout amongst the most prevalent 19 seat workers.

The Metro can follow its heredity back to the first Swearingen Merlin I official transport. From the Merlin I Swearingen created the turboprop fueled II and III which were to structure the premise of the new Metro worker aerial shuttle. The Metro was Swearingen's first finish inhouse configuration and advancement work started in the late 1960s, ensuing in the Sa226tc Metro's first flight on August 26 1969. The configuration was comparable in appearance and design to the prior Merlins, and offered a pressurized fuselage, Tpe331 turboprop motors and twofold opened trailing edge folds. Certificate was honored in June 1970 and the first case entered business benefit in 1973.

The Metro II superseded the I from 1975, with upgrades to diminish lodge commotion levels. The equal official airplane is the Merlin IV. Taking after the Metro II from 1981 was the III (by which time Fairchild had assumed control Swearingen), which was certificated to Sfar41b permitting more noteworthy takeoff weights, while more productive motors (counting the choice of Pratt & Whitney Canada Pt6as on the IIIA) and more prominent wing compass made the III more temperate to work. The Expediter vessel is focused around the III.

The current Metro model is the 23. Certificated to FAR Part 23 (Amendment 34) models (consequently the Metro 23 assignment) it offers a higher takeoff weight, all the more capable motors and frameworks enhancements initially presented on the military C26. The Metro 23 EF has a lump lower fuselage for more prominent gear limit, while the Merlin 23 and Expediter 23 models are likewise advertised. In 1996 Fairchild contemplated (however did not continue with) a Metro with an altogether higher fuselage permitting stand-up headroom (in the style of the Raytheon Beech 1900d).

Pictures of Fairchild Aerospace Metro II, III & 23