Mitsubishi MU-2

  • CountryJapan
  • TypeTwin turboprop utility transport
  • PowerplantsMU-2B - Two 430kW (575shp) Garrett AiResearch TPE331-25A turboprops driving three blade constant speed propellers. Marquise - Two 535kW (715shp) Garrett TPE331-10-501Ms driving four blade constant speed propellers.
  • PerformanceMU-2B - Max cruising speed 500km/h (270kt), economical cruising speed 440km/h (237kt). Initial rate of climb 2220ft/min. Max range with reserves 1930km (1040nm). Marquise - Max cruising speed 571km/h (308kt), economical cruising speed 547km/h (295kt). Service ceiling 29,750ft. Range with max fuel and reserves 2585km (1395nm).
  • WeightsMU-2B - Empty 2422kg (5340lb), max takeoff 4050kg (8930lb). Marquise - Empty equipped 3470kg (7650lb), max takeoff 5250kg (11,575lb).
  • DimentionsMU-2B - Wing span 11.94m (39ft 2in), length 10.13m (33ft 3in), height 3.94m (12ft 11in). Wing area 16.5m2 (178sq ft). Marquise - Same except for length 12.01m (39ft 5in), height 4.17m (13ft 8in).
  • CapacityFlightcrew of one or two. Short fuselage models had typical seating for seven in main cabin, longer fuselage models up to 11. Many aircraft in various corporate configurations, or used as freighters.
  • ProductionOver 800 built. Production comprised three MU-2As, 34 MU-2Bs, four military MU-2Cs (LR-1s), 18 MU-2Ds, 16 military SAR MU-2Ss (MU-2Es), 95 MU-2Fs, 46 MU-2Gs, 108 MU-2Js, 83 MU-2Ks, 36 MU-2Ls, 27 MU-2Ms, 36 MU-2Ns, 31 MU-2Ps, 130 plus Marquise and 60 plus Solitaires.

The MU-2 was one of post bellum Japan's best business air ship sorts.

Advancement of the MU-2, Mitsubishi's first indigenous post bellum outline, started in the late 1950s. Composed as a light twin turboprop transport suitable for an assortment of common and military parts, the MU-2 first flew on September 14 1963. This first MU-2 and the hand sized scoop of MU-2as manufactured were fueled by Turbomã©ca Astazou turboprops, all different models from the MU-2b onwards had Garrett Tpe331s.

The MU-2 lineup could be isolated up into two fundamental sorts, the standard fuselage and extended fuselage models. The MU-2b, E, F, K, M, P and Solitaire offer the short fuselage, the others, including the Marquise, the extended fuselage. The initially extended fuselage MU-2g flew on January 10 1969.

The MU-2 was dynamically enhanced and redesigned all through its generation life. Eminent progressions incorporate enhanced and all the more effective Tpe331 motors, and four razor sharp edge propellers from the N and P models.

Mitsubishi created a generation office for MU-2s in San Angelo, Texas in the USA in 1967 to manufacture MU-2s for the North American and world markets. The San Angelo Mitsubishi International office turned into the sole wellspring of MU-2 generation until 1986 when the line at last shut.

Mitsubishi certificated all the common Tpe331 controlled MU-2s as variations of the MU-2b and they were therefore given the MU-2b sort number emulated by a number. Notwithstanding, these MU-2s were additionally given a different promoting assignment with a successive postfix letter. The MU-2b-10 is e.g. the MU-2d, and the MU-2b-36a is the MU-2n.

Four MU-2cs and 16 MU-2ks were conveyed to the Japanese Army as LR-1s for the contact and photograph surveillance part, while 29 MU-2es were conveyed two the Japanese Air Force as hunt and-salvage MU-2ss, outfitted with a broadened "thimble" nose radome, expanded fuel limit, swell perception windows, and a sliding section entryway for dropping flatboats.

In 2000 in excess of 500 MU-2s were being used as corporate transports (fundamentally in the USA), while numerous have been changed over as vessel

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