Tuesday, December 16, 2008

CENTURY “JETSTREAM III”


1966–81




STANDARD DATA: (Jetstream) Seats 4-18. Gross wt. 12,500. Empty wt. 8,450. Fuel capacity 456. Engines two 850 shp Turbomeca Astazou turboprops.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 345. Cruise mph 306. Stall mph 84. Initial climb rate 2,100. Ceiling 30,000. Range 1,900. Takeoff distance (50') 2,490. Landing distance (50) 2,300.

STANDARD DATA: (Jetstream III) Seats 4-18. Gross wt. 12,500. Empty wt. 8,200. Fuel capacity 426. Engines two 902 shp Garrett AiResearch turboprops.
PERFORMANCE: Cruise mph 300+. Range 1,920. Takeoff distance (50') 2,500. Landing distance (50') 1,000.

The Jetstream was originally built by Handley Page in Great Britain. Work began in 1966 and 165 aircraft had been built by 1967. Powered by twin 850 shp Turbomeca Astazou turboprops in Europe or 895 shp Garrett AiResearch turboprops in the United States, the Jetstream had accommodations for a crew of two plus flight attendant and 4-18 passengers. With a diameter of 6 feet, a length of 24 feet, and 613 cu. ft. of usable cabin space, the Jetstream has the largest interior in its class. There is stand-up headroom, ample walkaround space, and 14 windows. The most recent version of the Jetstream was marketed by Century Aircraft Corp. of Amarillo, Texas, and was designated the Jetstream III. Powered by Garrett AiResearch turboprop engines delivering 904 shp each, the Jetstream III is air-conditioned and pressurized at 6.5 psi. The conversion to Garrett engines allows the jet to squeeze 1,920 miles out of a 426-gallon fuel capacity. The engine conversions were performed by Volpar, Inc. in Van Nuys, California.




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