Rockwell Ranger 2000

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Ranger 2000
Role Primary jet trainer
National origin United States
Manufacturer Rockwell International
First flight 15 January 1993
Number built 3
Developed from RFB Fantrainer

The Rockwell Ranger 2000 was a jet trainer candidate for the United States Joint Primary Aircraft Training System proposed by Rockwell International with assistance from Rhein-Flugzeugbau GmbH (RFB) in Germany.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The United States military issued a Request for proposal for a jet trainer for use by the United States Air Force and United States Navy. Rockwell responded with the Ranger 2000 two-seat, single engined cantilever monoplane. The design was based on the work of RFB, in particular the RFB Fantrainer and the prototypes were built in Germany.

The Ranger 2000 was powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-5C turbofan mounted in the rear fuselage and fed by two air intakes above the wing roots. The wing was straight a low-mounted and it had a retractable nosewheel landing gear. It had a crew of two in tandem, with the rear instructor raised to maintain visibility. Both crew had a Stencel zero-zero ejection seat.

The aircraft first flew on 15 January 1993 at Manching in Germany.[1] The second prototype was lost in an accident on 25 July 1993.[1] The first prototype was shipped to Rockwell in the United States but the first flight of the third prototype was delayed until 20 June 1994 for modification, the main change was the move of the speedbrakes from the upper wing surface to the rear fuselage.[2]

The Ranger 2000 did not succeed in the competition, which was won by a variant of the Pilatus PC-9 which became the T-6 Texan II.

Survivors[edit]

  • One of the Ranger 2000s is displayed at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum.[3]

Specifications[edit]

Data from [1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 35 ft 9½ in (10.91 m)
  • Wingspan: 34 ft 3½ in (10.45 m)
  • Wing area: 167.4 ft2 (15.55 m2)
  • Gross weight: 7900 lb (3583 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-5C, 3190 lbf (14.19 kN)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 392 mph (630 km/h)

See also[edit]

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c d Taylor 1996, page 155
  2. ^ "Third Ranger 2000 is flown". Flight International: 13. 29 June 1994. 
  3. ^ Tulsa Air and Space Museum – Exhibits
Bibliography
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1996). Brassey's World Aircraft & Systems Directory. London, England: Brassey's. ISBN 1-85753-198-1.