Ayres LM200 Loadmaster

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LM200 Loadmaster
Role Turboprop transport
National origin United States
Manufacturer Ayres Corp.
Status Cancelled
Number built 0

The Ayres LM200 Loadmaster was a small cargo aircraft developed in the 1990s by Ayres Corp. largely for the needs of small-package carriers. In 1996, urged on by Federal Express, development was begun, designed to carry four demi containers. The aircraft was to be powered by a LHTEC CTP800-4T turboprop, which was composed of two CTP800s driving a single five-bladed Hamilton-Standard propeller through a combining gearbox. To support this development effort, Ayres acquired the LET aircraft manufacturing company in the Czech Republic in September 1998. In 2001, the company was forced into bankruptcy when creditors foreclosed on it, and the Loadmaster program was terminated.

Specifications (LM200, as designed)[edit]

Data from The International Directory of Civil Aircraft, 2001-2002[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1-2 (Aircraft was to have been certified for single pilot operation)
  • Capacity: 9.000 lb (3,945 kg) of freight, or up to 34 passengers
  • Length: 64 ft 4 in (19.61 m)
  • Wingspan: 64 ft 01 in (19.51 m)
  • Height: 23 ft 0 in (7.00 m)
  • Wing area: 458.0 ft² (45.5 m²)
  • Empty weight: 9,000 lb (4,080 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 19,000 lb (8,620 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × LHTEC CTP800-4T turboprop, 2,700 shp (2,013 kW)

Performance

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Frawley, p. 35
Bibliography
  • Frawley, Gerard (2001). The International Directory of Civil Aircraft, 2001-2002. Fyshwick, ACT, Australia: Aerospace Publications Pty Ltd. ISBN 1-875671-52-8. 

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