Embraer EMB 121 Xingu
|EMB 121 Xingu|
|Role||Civil utility aircraft|
|First flight||10 October 1976|
|Introduction||20 May 1977|
|Primary users||French Air Force
Brazilian Air Force
|Developed from||EMB 110 Bandeirante|
The Embraer EMB 121 Xingu (pronounced "shingoo") is a twin-turboprop fixed-wing aircraft built by the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, Embraer. The design of this plane is based on the EMB 110 Bandeirante, using its wing and engine design merged with an all-new fuselage. The EMB 121 first flew on 10 October 1976.
A modified form of the EMB 121, the EMB 121A1 Xingu II, was introduced on 4 September 1981 with a more powerful engine (PT6A-135), increased seating (8 or 9 passengers) and a larger fuel capacity.
Before production ceased in August 1987, Embraer had produced 106 EMB 121 aircraft, 51 of which were exported to countries outside Brazil. Currently, the French Air Force is the largest operator with 43 aircraft still in service.
- EMB 121A Xingu I : Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-28
- EMB 121A1 Xingu II : Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-135
- EMB 121V Xingu III : Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42
- EMB 123 Tapajós: planned version with Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-45
- VU-9 : Brazilian Air Force version.
Specifications (EMB 121A1 Xingu II)
Data from Jane's Civil and Military Aircraft Upgrades 1994-95 
- Crew: Two
- Capacity: 8 or 9 passengers
- Length: 12.25 m (40 ft 2¼ in)
- Wingspan: 14.05 m (46 ft 1¼ in)
- Height: 4.84 m (15 ft 10½ in)
- Wing area: 27.50 m² (296.0 ft²)
- Empty weight: 3,500 kg (7,716 lb)
- Max. takeoff weight: 5,670 kg (12,500 lb)
- Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-135 turboprop engines, 560 kW (750 shp) each
- Maximum speed: 466 km/h (252 knots, 290 mph)
- Cruise speed: 380 km/h (205 knots, 236 mph )
- Stall speed: 141 km/h (76 knots, 87 mph )
- Range: 2,278 km (1,230 nm, 1,415 mi)
- Service ceiling: 8,535 m (28,000 ft)
- Rate of climb: 9.1 m/s (1,800 ft/min)
- Related development
- Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
- Michell 1994, p.9
- Michell 1994, pp.9—10.
- econ cruise.
- Flaps down.
- EMB-121 information at Airliners.net
- Endres, Gunter and Gething, Mike. (2002). Aircraft Recognition Guide, (2nd Ed.). New York: Harper Collins Publishers. ISBN 0-00-713721-4.
- Michell, Simon (editor). Jane's Civil and Military Aircraft Updates 1994-95. Coulsdon, Surrey, UK:Jane's Information Group, 1994. ISBN 0-7106-1208-7.
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