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Continental Copters El Tomcat

 

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In 1959, Continental Copters Inc. of Fort Worth, Texas, developed and produced a specialised single-seat agricultural aircraft based on the Bell Model 47G-2. Payload is increased by deletion of unnecessary structure and equipment. Known as the El Tomcat Mk.II, this aircraft flew for the first time in April 1959 and received an FAA supplementary type certificate soon afterwards. An improved variant, the El Tomcat Mk.III, made its maiden flight in April 1965 as an improved version of the Mk.II, and subsequent variants were progressively introduced. The Tomcat Mk.III weighs empty 540kg and 1105kg loaded.
The El Tomcat Mk.IIIA was flown in January 1966 with 200hp Franklin 6V4-200-C32, 210hp 6V-335-A or a 235hp 6V-350-A engine.
The El Tomcat Mk.IIIB of 1967 had a still lower and repositioned windscreen, modified glassfibre nose, lower cabin roof and a 6V-350 engine.
The Mk.IIIC of 1968 was an improved version with a 200-235hp 6V4-200-C32, 6V-335-A or 6V-350A engine and was first flown in May 1968.
The Mk.V (first flown in June 1968) entered production in 1968 with a 220hp Lycoming VO-435-B1A engine (empty weight 620kg and maximum weight 1105kg), followed by the improved Mk.V-A with a 260hp VO-435-A1F engine and a folding jump-seat to permit carriage of a flagman to distant work sites. The latest version is the 265hp VO-435-BlA-engined Mk.V-B.

El Tomcat Mk.II

El Tomcat Mk.III

Empty weight: 540kg
Loaded weight: 1105kg

El Tomcat Mk.IIIA
Engine: 200hp Franklin 6V4-200-C32, 210hp 6V-335-A or 235hp Franklin 6V-350-A

El Tomcat Mk.IIIB
Engine: Franklin 6V-350

El Tomcat Mk.IIIC

Engine: 200-235hp Franklin 6V4-200-C32, Franklin 6V-335-A or Franklin 6V-350A

El Tomcat Mk.V
Ngine: 220hp Lycoming VO-435-B1A engine
Empty weight: 620kg
Maximum weight: 1105kg

El Tomcat Mk.V-A
Engine: 260hp VO-435-A1F
Disc loading: 2.6 lb/sq.ft.
Pwr loading: 9.42 lb/hp.
Max TO wt: 2450 lb.
Empty wt: 1420 lb.
Equipped useful load: 991 lb.
Payload max fuel: 817 lb.
Range max fuel/ cruise: 81 nm/ 1.3 hr.
Service ceiling: 10,500 ft.
Max sling load: 844 lb.
Cruise speed: 65 kt.
Working endurance: 1.5 hr.
ROC: 1500 fpm.
HIGE: 5900 ft.
HOGE: 1400 ft.
Fuel cap: 174 lb.
Seats: 1.

El Tomcat Mk.V-B

Engine: 265hp VO-435-BlA

Mk.VI-B

Engine: Lycoming TVO-435-B1A, 260 hp.
Seats: 1.
Disc loading: 2.6 lb/sq.ft.
Pwr loading: 10.9 lb/hp.
Max TO wt: 2850 lb.
Empty wt: 1490 lb.
Equipped useful load: 1321 lb.
Payload max fuel: 1147 lb.
Range max fuel/ cruise: 50 nm/ 0.8 hr.
Service ceiling: 10,500 ft.
Max sling load: 1194 lb.
Cruise speed: 65 kt.
Working endurance: 1.5 hr.
ROC: 1800 fpm.
HIGE: 5900 ft.
HOGE: 1400 ft.
Fuel cap: 174 lb.

 


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