Agusta AZ.8L

Summary

AZ-8L
Agusta az-8.jpg
The sole prototype of the AZ-8L
Role Airliner
Manufacturer Agusta
Designer Filippo Zappata
First flight 9 June 1958
Retired 1963
Number built 1

The Agusta AZ.8L, or Agusta-Zappata AZ.8L, was an Italian airliner prototype first flown on 9 June 1958. It was of conventional low-wing monoplane configuration with tricycle undercarriage and all-metal construction. Filippo Zappata's design grew out of a twin-engined transport designated AZ.1 that was never built.

When the AZ.8L failed to attract customers, Agusta abandoned the project to focus on its helicopter manufacturing operations, in particular a new Zappata design, the A.101.

Operators

 Italy

Specifications

Data from Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1958-59.[2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 22 first-class or 26 economy-class passengers / 2,835 kg (6,250 lb) payload
  • Length: 19.44 m (63 ft 9 in)
  • Wingspan: 25.5 m (83 ft 8 in)
  • Height: 6.66 m (21 ft 10 in)
  • Wing area: 66.8 m2 (719 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 7,620 kg (16,799 lb) equipped
  • Maximum zero-fuel weight: 10,300 kg (22,708 lb)
  • Maximum landing weight: 10,800 kg (23,810 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 11,300 kg (24,912 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 3,200 l (845 US gal; 704 imp gal) with 4x 45 l (12 US gal; 10 imp gal) engine oil tanks
  • Powerplant: 4 × Alvis Leonides 503/2 9 cyl. air-cooled radial piston engines, 400 kW (540 hp) each for take-off
350.5 kW (470 hp) maximum continuous power
  • Propellers: 3-bladed de Havilland, 2.74 m (9 ft 0 in) diameter constant-speed fully-feathering propellers

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 427 km/h (265 mph, 231 kn)[citation needed]
  • Cruise speed: 405 km/h (252 mph, 219 kn) max. continuous power at 3,000 m (9,843 ft)
370 km/h (230 mph; 200 kn) recommended power at 3,000 m (9,843 ft)
  • Range: 2,500 km (1,600 mi, 1,300 nmi) with 1,470 kg (3,241 lb) payload plus reserve fuel
650 km (404 mi) with max payload and no reserve fuel
  • Service ceiling: 7,500 m (24,600 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 5 m/s (980 ft/min) at sea level with flaps up
  • Take-off distance to 15 m (50 ft): 590 m (1,936 ft)
  • Landing distance from 15 m (50 ft): 840 m (2,756 ft)

See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era

References

  1. ^ "Italian Air Force". aeroflight. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  2. ^ Bridgman, Leonard, ed. (1958). Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1958-59. London: Jane's All the World's Aircraft Publishing Co. Ltd. p. 188.

Further reading

  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 40.
  • Simpson, R. W. (1998). Airlife's Helicopters and Rotorcraft. Ramsbury: Airlife Publishing. p. 31.