Tuesday, February 10, 2009
|STANDARD DATA: (MU-2L) Seats 6-14. Gross wt. 11,575. Empty wt. 6,975. Fuel capacity 366. Engines two 715-shp AiResearch turboprops.
PERFORMANCE: Cruise mph 340. Stall mph 115. Initial climb rate 2,630. Ceiling 29,600. Range 1,450. Takeoff distance (50') 2,170. Landing distance (50') 1,880.
STANDARD DATA: (MU-2M) Seats 7-11. Gross wt. 10,470. Empty wt. 6,090. Fuel capacity 366. Engines two 724-shp AiResearch turboprops.
PERFORMANCE: Cruise mph 365. Stall mph 112. Initial climb rate 2,840. Ceiling 32,200. Range 1,680. Takeoff distance (50') 1,800. Landing distance (50') 1,600.
|STANDARD DATA: (Solitaire) Seats 8-9. Gross wt. 10,470. Empty wt. 7,010. Fuel capacity 403. Engines two 727-shp AiResearch turboprops.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 370. Cruise mph 360. Stall mph 84. Initial climb rate 2,350. Ceiling 33,500. Range 1,840. Takeoff distance (50') 1,800. Landing distance (50') 1,950.
STANDARD DATA: (Marquise) Seats 9-11. Gross wt. 11,575. Empty wt. 7,650. Fuel capacity 403. Engines two 778-shp AiResearch turboprops.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 355. Cruise mph 340. Stall mph 87. Initial climb rate 2,200. Ceiling 29,750. Range 1,600. Takeoff distance (50') 2,170. Landing distance (50') 2,200.
The Mitsubishi MU-2 is a high-performance turboprop with an extraordinary top speed of 370 mph. It can cruise at an exceptional 360 mph. Much of this outstanding performance apparently is the result of rather compact overall dimensions for a turboprop twin. Before the earlier versions of the MU-2 had established a substantial penetration of the United States market, certain features of the aircraft were modified to make it more suitable and competitive. The Japanese manufacturer, Mitsubishi, made highly successful aircraft of its own design and of the designs of United States plane makers. The MU-2 is unusual in that it is one of the few high-wing turboprops.
Models B and D were powered by 605 shp and seated 7-9 passengers. The Model F represented a boost in power to 705 shp, and the Model G featured increased seating capacity for up to 11 people. In 1972, Models J and K were added to the line, both utilizing 724-shp turboprops and offering seating arrangements that corresponded to Models F and G, respectively. The MU-2L is powered by 776-shp Garrett AiResearch turboprops and carries nine passengers. Its counterpart, the MU-2M, is a continuation of the Model K. The MU-2L and MU-2M were discontinued in 1976 and replaced by the MU2N and MU-2P, which evolved into the Solitaire (standard fuselage) and Marquise (stretched fuselage), respectively.
The Solitaire is powered by two turboprops producing 727 shp at maximum continuous power or 689 shp at recommended cruise power of 96% RPM. Each engine turns a Hartzell 98-inch four-blade prop and provides a 475-fpm single-engine rate of climb when loaded to full gross. With a cabin pressurization differential of 6.0 psi, a sea-level cabin can be maintained up to 14,000. The Marquise, which is 6 feet 2 inches longer, is powered by two turboprops, each producing 778- shp for takeoff or maximum continuous operation and 738 shp at recommended cruise power. Single-engine rate-of-climb is 410 fpm at full gross, and cabin pressurization differential is the same as the Solitaire.