PZL Mielec M-24 Super Dromader
In 1985 construction began of five airframes of an improved M-24 Dromader Super, one intended as a static test specimen, two as flying prototypes with the 746kW ASz-621R engine, and another two with the 860kW P.Z.L. K9-AA engine. The first of these flew on 14 July 1987 and all were flying by November 1988.
The Super was fitted with longer wings, from 17.7 metres on the M-18 to 19.9 metres on the M-24. The fuselage was also stretched from 9.5 metres to 10.8 metres, including a larger hopper.
Of the five built, one as a test airframe, with the remaining four flown, however, none were sold and all were withdrawn from use by 1998 and stored engineless.
However, no production of the type was launched. The M-24T turboprop version, fitted with an 875kW PT6A engine in an extended nose, was planned, but only existed in mock-up form.
WSK-Mielec M 24 Dromader Super
Cropduster, Poland, 1987
Length : 35.433 ft / 10.8 m
Height: 12.467 ft / 3.8 m
Wingspan : 65.289 ft / 19.9 m
Wing area : 484.38 sqft / 45.0 sq.m
Max take off weight : 11025.0 lb / 5000.0 kg
Weight empty : 6328.4 lb / 2870.0 kg
Max. weight carried : 4696.7 lb / 2130.0 kg
Max. speed : 119 kts / 220 km/h
Landing speed : 59 kts / 110 km/h
Cruising speed : 103 kts / 190 km/h
Initial climb rate : 590.55 ft/min / 3.00 m/s
Service ceiling : 13123 ft / 4000 m
Wing load : 22.76 lb/sq.ft / 111.0 kg/sq.m
Range : 972 nm / 1800 km
Engine : PZL Kalisz 9 AA, 871 hp
Crew : 1-2