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Tango 2

 

The Team Tango Tango 2 is an American low-wing composite homebuilt aircraft, marketed as a kit for amateur construction by Team Tango of Williston, Florida.The Tango 2 was developed from the 1983 Aero Mirage TC-2 design.
 
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The Tango 2 and Foxtrot 4 wing uses a constant chord, constant thickness airfoil which gives it gentle, textbook stall characteristics. Wing root first, ailerons last, with no built in twist required. The stall itself is simple with distinctive aerodynamic warning and little to no tendency to drop off. Differential ailerons counteract adverse yaw.

The wing spars are factory assembled. They are a one piece composite I-beam structure that goes from wing tip to wing tip. Both airplanes were designed to 6/-4 G's and have been successfully tested to 1.5 design limits. Each wing and horizontal stabilizer spar is tested to 6 G's before it leaves the factory.

All of the fuel is carried in the wings. There is no fuel storage anywhere in the fuselage or engine compartment. Capacitance type fuel probes run the entire length of the wing. This allows accurate fuel quantity readings from full right down to zero, a rarity in many airplanes. Total unusable fuel is less than a pint. The fuel selector is in plain view on the forward console and is easily accessible for switching from left to right. The large capacity tanks provide a reserve even after a four or five hour flight.

Team Tango uses only FAA approved foam core in the structures. It is more expensive, but compared to other popular foam cores it is the only one that does not create cyanide gas when exposed to flame, is self extinguishing and fuel -proof. The Tango and Foxtrot both feature a dual gull wing canopy system which incorporates a reinforced roll bar. Both can cruise at 200+ mph, have a range over 1400 s.m., carry over 100 pounds of baggage, and operate off a grass strip.

The fuselage sits level in cruise flight which is three degrees lower than the ground attitude. The molded fiberglass seats put the pilot and passenger in a semi-reclining position leaning back approximately 30 degrees. The Tango and Foxtrot are 44 and 46 inches wide.  Various antennas are installed into the fuselage during the lay-up process, when it is easy. The instrument panel is divided into three sections. This allows easier installation and access for maintenance and upgrades. The fuselages use quarter inch foam core that is reinforced at the horizontal stab attach points and up into the vertical stab.

A build center is available to build your airplane at the factory, guided and instructed by the staff, and that expertise is included in the price of your aircraft. The seat installation is adjustable for leg room and height as well as recline. The airframe can be customized. The wing can be longer to reduce wing loading, reduce stall speed, climb better at lower airspeeds and have greater high altitude performance.  We use ½” foam core in and around the doors ensure stiffness so they won’t pull away from the fuse in flight and cause air leaks or allow rain to enter the cabin. A vinyl ester resin in the composite is a safer and less toxic alternative that won’t induce an allergic reaction and is pleasant to work with.

 

Tango 2 is a side by side two seat composite aircraft that can be flying in as little as 1000 hours of build time. Current aircraft have been built with engines ranging from the 150 HP O-320 Lycoming to the Geared Drives 205 hp EcoTech 2.2 liter supercharged Cobalt SS power package, with the most popular the 180 hp IO-360 Lycoming. Cruise speeds run from 170 knots with the 150 hp/fixed pitch combo to 195 knots on a 200 hp Lycoming equipped with a constant speed prop. Both the fuselage and the main wing and horizontal spars are molded as single pieces for exceptional strength and ease of building.

 

The Tango XR has increased structural strength and upgraded useful load. The Tango XR is a two place, 200+ MPH guaranteed, composite built aircraft, with a 90 US gallon tank.

 

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Tango 2
 
First flown in 1996, eighteen Tango 2 had been built to December 2013, plus one Tango XR by December 201.
The design was further developed into a four-seat aircraft, the Team Tango Foxtrot.
 
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In 2000, the factory claim was that an airframe could be built by the "average" builder in 650-700 hours using Tango's "EZ-Buildo System" at US$18,995.

 

Variants:
 
Tango 2
Base model
 
Tango XR
Extended range aircraft with 90 gallon wet wing fuel tanks.

 

Tango 2
Engine: Lycoming IO-360, 180 hp (130 kW)
Horsepower range: 150-200
Height: 6.75 ft (2.06 m)
Length: 20 ft 7 in (6.27 m)
Wingspan: 26 ft (7.9 m)
Wing area: 78 sq. ft (7.2 m2)
Fuel capacity: 58 gal US
Empty weight: 1,150 lb (522 kg)
Gross weight: 2,000 lb (907 kg)
Useful Load: 850 lb
Payload, full fuel: 502 lb
Baggage Capacity: 158 lb
Maximum speed: 184 kn; 341 km/h (212 mph)
Cruise (TAS): 182 kn; 338 km/h (210 mph)
Stall (IAS): 51 kn; 95 km/h (59 mph)
Vne (IAS): 200 kn; 370 km/h (230 mph)
Range: 1,440 sm
Rate of Climb: 1,600 ft/min
Takeoff: 500 ft
Landing: 800 ft
Service ceiling: 24,000 ft
Baggage Area: 12 cu. ft
Cabin Width: 44 in
Cabin Height: 37 in
Wing Loading: 25.6 lbs./sq. ft
Aspect Ratio: 8.7:1
G-load (design): +6 / -6
Seats: 2
Landing gear: Fixed Tri-gear
Building materials: Composite
Kit cost 2009: US $ 29,750


Tango-XR
Top speed (TAS): 212 mph
Cruise (TAS): 210 mph
Stall (IAS): 63 mph
Vne (IAS): 230 mph
Range: 2,100 sm
Rate of Climb (gross wt): 1,600 ft/min
Takeoff: 500 ft
Landing: 800 ft
Service ceiling: 24,000 ft
Engine: Lycoming IO-360, 180 hp
Horsepower range: 180-210
Fuel capacity: 90 gal US
Empty weight: 1,225 lb
Gross weight: 2,200 lb
Useful Load: 1,000 lb
Payload, full fuel: 435 lb
Baggage Capacity: 50 lb
Baggage Area: 12 cu. ft
Cabin Width: 44 in
Cabin Height: 37 in
Height: 6.75 ft
Length: 20.7 ft
Wingspan: 26 ft
Wing area: 78 sq. ft
Wing Loading: 28.2 lbs./sq. ft
Aspect Ratio:  8.7:1
G-load (design):  +5 / -4
Seats: 2
Landing gear: Fixed Tri-gear
Building materials: Composite
Kit cost 2009 ($US): $31,750

 

 


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