Monday, June 1, 2009

SWEARINGEN MERLIN IVA/ “METRO II”


1971–81



STANDARD DATA: (Merlin IVA) Seats 12-15. Gross wt. 12,500. Empty wt. 8,200. Fuel capacity 554. Engines two 840-shp AiResearch turboprops.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 310. Cruise 276. Stall mph 99. Initial climb rate 2,400. Range 2,095. Ceiling 27,000. Takeoff distance (50') 2,050. Landing distance (50') 1,970.

STANDARD DATA: (Metro II) Seats 19. Gross wt. 12,500. Empty wt. 7,450. Fuel capacity 648. Engines two 940-shp AiResearch turboprops.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 294. Cruise 278. Stall mph 99. Initial climb rate 2,400. Range 2,150. Ceiling 27,000. Takeoff distance (50') 2,050. Landing distance (50') 1,970.

The Merlin IVA is an executive version of the Metro with 689 cu. ft. of pressurized cabin area and a large baggage compartment. It can carry up to 15 people in smooth over-the weather flight with 7.0-psi pressurization. As an executive aircraft, it can be equipped with bar, galley, cabinets, and couch. Baggage capacity is 30 cu. ft. in the nose and 113 cu. ft. in the cabin. The Metro, introduced in 1974, is a 19-passenger turboprop airliner designed specifically for commuter service. It combines 300-mph cruise with a roomy air-conditioned pressurized cabin. A rear cargo door and optional movable cargo bulkhead provide passenger/ cargo flexibility. Power is supplied by twin 940-shp turboprops.



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