HAL Pushpak

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HUL-26 Pushpak
HUL-26 Pushpak at HAL Museum 7858.JPG
HUL-26 Pushpak displayed at HAL Museum
Role Two-seat cabin monoplane
Manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
First flight 1958
Primary users Aero Clubs
Private pilot owners
Number built 160+

The Hindustan HUL-26 Pushpak was a 1950s Indian two-seat cabin monoplane designed and built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, based on the Aeronca Chief.[1]

Construction and operation[edit]

The Pushpak was a high-wing braced monoplane with a fixed tailwheel landing gear.[1] The fuselage was built from metal tubing, the wing aluminum ribs on a wooden spar, all covered in fabric.[1] The Pushpak first flew on 28 September 1958 and was powered by a 90 hp (67 kW) Continental flat-four engine.[1]

Around 160 aircraft were produced for Indian flying clubs for use as basic trainers.[1] Two examples were gifted to Malaysia and were later sold to private pilot owners in the United Kingdom. These examples remained in active operation in 2013.[2]

Operators[edit]

Airworthy Hindustan Pushpak privately owned in the United Kingdom

Current[edit]

United Kingdom

Former[edit]

 India
 Sri Lanka
  • One gifted by India

Specifications (HUL-26)[edit]

Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1965–66[3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 6.40 m (21 ft 0 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.97 m (36 ft 0 in)
  • Height: 2.77 m (9 ft 1 in)
  • Wing area: 16.2 m2 (174 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 395 kg (871 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 613 kg (1,351 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 56 L (12 imp gal; 15 US gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Continental C90-8F air-cooled flat-four, 67 kW (90 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 144 km/h (89 mph; 78 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 112 km/h (70 mph; 60 kn)
  • Range: 400 km (249 mi; 216 nmi)
  • Endurance: 3 hr
  • Service ceiling: 4,270 m (14,010 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 2.5 m/s (500 ft/min)

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e Orbis 1985, p. 2172
  2. ^ Air-Britain 2013, p. 603
  3. ^ Taylor 1965, p. 80
Bibliography
  • Taylor, John W. R. (1965). Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1965–66. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co., Ltd.
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985), 1985, Orbis Publishing, p. 2172.
  • Partington, David (2013). Civil Aircraft Registers of United Kingdom, Ireland & IOM 2013. Tonbridge, Kent: Air-Britain (Historians) Limited. ISBN 978-0-85130-453-3.