"Armstrong Whitworth" "Argosy". A photo. Characteristics.
A type: chetyrehdvigatelny transport aircraft
Capacity: two crew members and passengers to 89
It was the last flight of "Armstrong Whitworth» (Armstrong Whitworth) before it "disappeared" in the "Empire" "Hawker Sidley Avieshn". The plane "Argosy» (Argosy - a merchant ship) has been developed mainly for companies involved in air cargo transportation, but achieved the greatest success in the military role in the Royal Air Force ranks. In fact, only 17 aircraft "Argosy" were sold to civil society organizations in the early 1960-ies.
The aircraft was operated in Europe, North America and Australia. The interest of the military to this aircraft led to the fact that the aircraft 56 "Argosy" With the Mk 1 were ordered Air Transport Command RAF crews called them "Visling vilberou» (Whistling Wheelbarrow - whistling wheelbarrow). Reduction of the British military presence overseas and a staggering budget cuts led to the premature failure of the "Argosy" aircraft just ten years after their entry into operation. Its tasks are transferred to the ubiquitous plane "Hercules" company "Lockheed". A small amount of liberated after removal from the military operation of the aircraft fell into civilian hands, but a huge part of the "Argosy" aircraft fleet has been scrapped.
The only surviving in a state of airworthiness of the aircraft "Argosy" is served in the RAF plane T 2 HR447, which sold the US company "Dinken Avieshn» (Duncan Aviation) and delivered in March 1976 years. The plane was hired by the Bureau of Land Contract Management Alaska until its decommissioning in 1991, after which it was donated to the museum Museum of Flying in California. Occasionally he flew the aircraft was then handed over 1994, in a small museum at Fox Field in Lancaster, California, where he removed the engines. Its present state is not defined.
- Length: 26,44 m
- Wingspan: 35,05 m
- Height: 8,91 m
Power point: four turboprop engines "Darth" 526 company "Rolls-Royce"
Power: 8920 l. from. (6654,32 kW)
- BLANK: 22 680 kg
- Maximum take-off: 39 915 kg
Date of first flight:
- March 4 1961 years (Plane "Argosy" C Mk 1)
Aircraft performance characteristics:
- Maximum speed: 455 km / h
- Range: 2865 km
The surviving airworthy modifications in the hands of civilians:
- With Argosy Mk 1 Nebraska, in Santa Monica, California.
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