PZL M-24 Dromader Super

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M-24 Dromader Super
Role Agricultural aircraft
Manufacturer WSK-Mielec
First flight July 20, 1987
Status Prototype
Number built 4 prototypes
Developed from M-18 Dromader

The M-24 Dromader Super (Dromedary Super) is a single engine agricultural aircraft, developed in the 1980s by the WSK-Mielec (later PZL-Mielec) from the PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader. It remained a prototype.

Development[edit]

The plane was developed as a bigger and more capable variant of a successful agricultural plane PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader. In its construction some components of the M-18 were used, but it is generally bigger and strengthened, powered by more powerful engine. Wings were fitted with a new central section, of a bigger span.

The first prototype of the M-24 flew on July 20, 1987, powered with 736 kW Shvetsov ASh-62IR radial engine. The second prototype of a variant designated M-24B was powered by the Polish-designed 1200 hp (883 kW) PZL-Kalisz K-9AA radial engine and it first flew in 1988. The third prototype of a variant designated M-24T was powered by the Pratt & Whitney PT6A-45AG turboprop engine. 4 prototypes were built in total, carrying registration markings SP-PFA to SP-PFD. The plane, however, did not enter production.

The experience with the M-24 was utilised in creating M-18B variant of the M-18, powered with the PZL K-9 engine, flown in 1993.

Description[edit]

Metal construction low-wing cantilever monoplane, conventional in layout. Monocoque fuselage, covered with duralumin. Three-part wings, fitted with flaps and slats. Two seat cabin (pilot and optional passenger or mechanic, in tandem), placed high. Behind engine there is a 2700-litre container in a fuselage for chemicals or water. The plane has exchangeable sets of equipment for spraying, cropdusting or fire extinguishing. Conventional fixed landing gear with a tail wheel.

Single radial engine, four blade propeller. Fuel tanks for 1400 l.

Specifications (M-24B)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1, pilot
  • Capacity: 1 passenger and 2700 l (2000 kg) of chemicals
  • Length: 10.8 m (35 ft 5 in)
  • Wingspan: 19.90 m (65 ft 3¼ in)
  • Height: 3.8 m (12 ft 5½in)
  • Wing area: 45 m² (484 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 2,870 kg (6,314 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 5,000 kg (11,000 lb)
  • Useful load: 2130 kg (4,690 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 5,500 kg (12,100 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × PZL K9AA air-cooled radial engine, 883 kW (1200 hp)

Performance

See also[edit]

Related development

References[edit]

  • Andrzej Glass: Samoloty'90, NOT-SIGMA, Warsaw 1990 (ISBN 83-85001-54-9) (Polish language)

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