Poland's largest aircraft factory, at Mielec, established in the year before the outbreak of World War II, is known now as P.Z.L. Mielec. One of its early postwar projects was the P.Z.L. Mielec MD-12 short-range light transport, the
first of several prototypes flying initially during August 1959. A cantilever low-wing monoplane of all-metal construction, it had retractable tricycle landing gear and was powered by four Narkiewicz WN-3 radial engines in wing-mounted nacelles. Accommodation was provided for a flight crew of two on a separate flightdeck, and the main cabin could accommodate 20 passengers or, when cleared of its easily-removed seating, up to 1900kg of cargo. The MD-12 did not progress beyond the prototype stage, but a photographic survey version was produced in small numbers.
Designated MD-12F, and first flown in prototype form on 21 July 1962, this had its internal accommodation arranged for a crew of up to seven, providing four camera positions and a darkroom at the rear of the cabin.
|A three-view drawing (592 x 900)|
| ENGINE||4 x Narkiewicz WN-3, 246kW|
| Take-off weight||7000 kg||15432 lb|
| Loaded weight||5025 kg||11078 lb|
| Wingspan||23.2 m||76 ft 1 in|
| Length||15.8 m||52 ft 10 in|
| Height||5.95 m||20 ft 6 in|
| Wing area||57.0 m2||613.54 sq ft|
| Max. speed||305 km/h||190 mph|
| Ceiling||5200 m||17050 ft|
| Range w/max.fuel||2100 km||1305 miles|
|firstname.lastname@example.org, e-mail, 20.10.2008 17:00|
It looks like a little bit the sovjet IL-14. But not with two props!:)
|Andre Piotrowicz, 22.09.2008 01:26|
You probably wanted to state "a photographic survey version was intended to be produced in small numbers", since in fact there were built only four aircraft, including one four static trials: 1st prototype SP-PAL, 2nd SP-PBD and the 4th was MD-12F SP-PBL prototype, the one that survived in Krakow Museum. Plans to build passanger version was cancelled do to many deficiences, i. e. inadequate engines, that were problematic in maintenance and too noisy as for passenger plane. Overall characteristics were rather week. Photo survey version was intended to build for home market and abroad, but those plans was cancelled after the fatal crash of the first MD-12 prototype
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