MSFS – Famous Flyer 7 MU-2

From the team of Asobo: “The rugged and reliable MU-2 (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries MU-2) is now available for pilots to take to the skies in Microsoft Flight Simulator.”

The MU-2 is a twin-turboprop, high-wing utility aircraft with a pressurized cabin. The aircraft took its maiden flight on September 14, 1963, and entered full-scale production later that year. 704 airframes were manufactured during a production run from 1963 to 1986.

The distinctive MU-2 evolved from a clean sheet initiative to develop an airframe that could provide efficient, reliable service for a wide range of civil, governmental and military uses. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries engineers first began working on the project in the mid-1950s, laying the basis for an aircraft powered by turboprop engines. At the time, most aircraft manufacturers simply swapped turboprop powerplants into aircraft initially designed for piston power, which caused efficiency, reliability, and sometimes safety problems.

The MU-2 measures 39 feet, 5 inches in length, stands 13 feet, 8 inches high, and has a straight main wing with a span of 39 feet, 2 inches. The wing features wingtip fuel tanks and over-wing spoilers for roll control. It also features full-span, double-slotted flaps. The unique wing design allows for slow take-off and landing speeds and high cruising speeds. The MU-2 has a traditional empennage and retractable tricycle landing gear.

The MU-2 is powered by two wing-mounted TPE331-6-251 turboprop engines that each produce up to 776 horsepower. Each powerplant turns a 3-blade Hartzell fully feathering, reversible, constant-speed propeller. The MU-2 has a range of 1,450 miles, a service ceiling of 29,590 feet above sea level, and climbs at 2,360 feet per minute. It cruises at 300 miles per hour, has a top speed of 340 mph, and stalls at 115 mph (flaps down). The aircraft can take off with 2,170 feet of ground roll and can land using 1,880 feet of runway.

Read more about it here, and off course is this Famous Flyer 7 available via the MSFS Market Place.

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