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|LASA-60 / AL-60 / C4M Kudu|
|Operational Aermacchi AL-60B-2 registered in Germany|
Atlas Aircraft Corporation
|First flight||15 September 1959|
|Primary users||Mexican Air Force|
South African Air Force
|Produced||1974-1979 South Africa|
The Aermacchi AL-60 is a light civil utility aircraft of the late 1950s and early 1960s, originally designed by Al Mooney of Lockheed in the United States. After the company decided not to build the aircraft in the US, it was manufactured in small quantities in Mexico, and a few were assembled in Argentina (Santa Isabel, Córdoba) by Aviones Lockheed-Kaiser Argentina. It was also built in quantity under licence by Aermacchi in Italy and Atlas Aircraft Corporation in South Africa.
Design and development
Lockheed flew only two prototypes of the AL-60 (in 1959) before deciding that it would be unprofitable in the US marketplace. Instead, the company chose to manufacture it under a joint venture in Mexico as Lockheed-Azcarate (LASA). 18 were produced in 1960 for the Mexican Air Force, as the LASA-60.
In Italy, Aermacchi purchased a licence to produce the type, first in its original configuration as the AL-60B, then in a modified version for various African customers as the AL-60C. This latter version changed from the original tricycle undercarriage to a taildragger arrangement.
The AL-60C version was built under license by Atlas Aircraft Corporation in South Africa. This aircraft was known as Atlas C4M Kudu. Over 40 aircraft were built and served the South African Air Force between 1974 and 1991.
A number of C4M Kudu aircraft are still flying privately and have proven well in the role of skydive release aircraft. They have been re-engined with turbine engines. This design is known as the Atlas Angel or Turbine Kudu.
- Lockheed prototypes and a few assembled by Kaizer
- Mexican production model (44 built)
- AL-60B-1 Santa Maria
- Original Aermacchi-built version (4 built)
- AL-60B-2 Santa Mari
- Production Aermacchi version (81 built)
- AL-60C-5 Conestoga
- Aermacchi-built version for the Central African Republic
- AL-60F-5 Trojan
- Aermacchi-built version for Rhodesia (~10 units)
- Atlas C4M Kudu
- Atlas-built version for South Africa
Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1966–67
- Crew: One
- Capacity: 6-8 passengers / 602 kg (1,327 lb) max. payload
- Length: 8.79 m (28 ft 10 in)
- Wingspan: 11.84 m (38 ft 10 in)
- Height: 3.25 m (10 ft 8 in)
- Wing area: 19.54 m2 (210.3 sq ft)
- Aspect ratio: 7.2:1
- Airfoil: root: NACA 23016; tip: NACA 4412
- Empty weight: 998 kg (2,200 lb)
- Max takeoff weight: 1,746 kg (3,849 lb)
- Fuel capacity: 322 l (85 US gal; 71 imp gal) in six wing tanks
- Powerplant: 1 × Continental TSIO-470-B-A1A 6-cylinder air-cooled horizontally-opposed piston engine, 190 kW (260 hp)
- Propellers: 3-bladed constant speed propeller
- Maximum speed: 238 km/h (148 mph, 129 kn) at sea level
- 270 km/h (170 mph; 150 kn) at 4,800 m (15,700 ft)
- Cruise speed: 220 km/h (140 mph, 120 kn) maximum at 75% power
- 206 km/h (128 mph; 111 kn) at 3,000 m (9,800 ft) at 63% power
- Stall speed: 87 km/h (54 mph, 47 kn) flaps down
- Never exceed speed: 283 km/h (176 mph, 153 kn)
- Range: 885 km (550 mi, 478 nmi) with max. fuel
- Service ceiling: 6,700 m (22,000 ft)
- Rate of climb: 4.267 m/s (840.0 ft/min)
- Take-off run: 189 m (620 ft)
- Landing run: 183 m (600 ft)
- Take-off run to 15 m (49 ft): 320 m (1,050 ft)
- Landing run from 15 m (49 ft): 318 m (1,043 ft)
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era
- Taylor 1961, p. 272.
- "none". Flying: 8. December 1969.
- World Airnews - Kudu with a Turboprop - Birth of an Angel Archived March 30, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
- Plane and Pilot: 1978 Aircraft Directory, page 58. Werner & Werner Corp, Santa Monica CA, 1977. ISBN 0-918312-00-0
- "Italian Air Force". aeroflight. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
- Taylor 1966, pp. 88–89.
- Flores, Santiago A. (March–April 2001). "Station Wagon: LASA-60, a Mexican Dream Turned Sour". Air Enthusiast (92): 50–53. ISSN 0143-5450.
- Taylor, John W. R. Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1961–62. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company, 1961.
- Taylor, John W. R. Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1966–67. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company, 1966.
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