Italair Pegaso

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F.20 Pegaso, F.20TP Condor
Italair Pegaso I-GEAV LEB 2.6.73R edited-2.jpg
The prototype Pegaso exhibited at the 1973 Paris Air Show
Role Business aircraft
National origin Italy
Manufacturer Italair, General Avia
Designer Stelio Frati
First flight 21 October 1971
Number built 3

The Italair F.20 Pegaso was a twin-engine utility aircraft designed by Stelio Frati and built in Italy in 1971.

Design and development[edit]

It was a conventional low-wing cantilever monoplane with retractable tricycle undercarriage and the sleek lines typical of Frati's designs. Construction throughout was of metal, and the aircraft was notable at the time for its high speed, much greater than that of its competitors. The prototype Pegaso was exhibited at the 1973 Paris Air Show. Before arrangements could be made to produce the aircraft in series, however, Italair ran out of money, and the rights to the design reverted to Frati.

In the early 1980s, Frati designed a modernised version of the aircraft, powered by Allison 250 turboprop engines in place of the Pegaso's piston engines and equipped with a large sliding bubble canopy. Built by Frati's own company, General Avia, and named the F.20TP Condor, this version first flew on 7 May 1983. Frati hoped that this version might attract military buyers who could use it for training, maritime patrol, or even ground attack, and the prototype was equipped with two pylons under each wing to demonstrate its capacity to carry external stores. Although exhibited at the Paris Air Show in 1985, development of the Condor was postponed in favour of the Promavia Jet Squalus that Frati was working on at the time, and was eventually abandoned.


Specifications (F.20 Pegaso)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: One pilot
  • Capacity: 5 passengers
  • Length: 8.20 m (26 ft 11 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.34 m (33 ft 11 in)
  • Wing area: 16.0 m2 (172 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 1,400 kg (3,090 lb)
  • Gross weight: 2,300 kg (5,070 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Continental IO-520-K, 223 kW (300 hp) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 390 km/h (240 mph)
  • Range: 1,770 km (1,100 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 6,250 m (20,500 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 10.2 m/s (2,000 ft/min)

References[edit]

  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 926. ISBN 0-7106-0710-5. 
  • compiled and edited by John W.R. Taylor ; assistant editor, Kenneth Munson. (1987). Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1987-88. London: Jane's Yearbooks. p. 170. ISBN 0-7106-0850-0. 
  • "A Closer Look at Pegaso". Flight International: 854. 25 November 1971. Retrieved 2008-04-14.