Fairchild C-26 Metroliner

The Fairchild C-26 “Metroliner” is the designation for the Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner series twin turboprop aircraft in the service of the United States military.

Variants

C-26A 

Military version of the Metro III (Model SA227-AC).

C-26B 

Military version of the Metro III (Model SA227-BC) and Metro 23 (Model SA227-DC).

RC-26B 

C-26B modified with electronic surveillance equipment for drug interdiction missions.

UC-26C 

Was a used 1983 built Merlin IVC operated for several years as 89-1471. 

Modified with an integrated sensor package including forward looking infrared and high resolution radar.

C-26D 

C-26Bs transferred from USAF inventory and modified with new navigation equipment for the US Navy, four used for rapid response cargo and passenger transportation in Europe.

EC-26D 

One range support aircraft operated by the US Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands.

RC-26D 

Two range support aircraft operated by the US Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands with installed radar units.

C-26E 

Upgrade of 11 C-26B aircraft including an improved Rockwell Collins Proline 21 Electronic Flight Instrument System.

Specifications

Crew

Capacity

19 passengers

Length

59 ft 4 in (18.08 m)

Wingspan

57 ft 0 in (17.37 m)

Height

16 ft 8 in (5.08 m)

Wing area

310 sq ft (29 m2)

Airfoil

NACA 65A215

Empty weight

8,737 lb (3,963 kg)

Max take-off weight

14,500–16,000 lb (6,577–7,257 kg) depending on model

Powerplant

2 × Garrett AiResearch TPE-331 turboprop engines, 1,000 shp (750 kW) each

1,100 shp (820 kW) with alcohol-water injection

Propellers

4-bladed McCauley 4HFR34C652 or Dowty Rotol R.321/4-82-F/8

Performance

Maximum speed

311 kn (358 mph, 576 km/h)

Cruise speed

278 kn (320 mph, 515 km/h)

Range

594 nmi (684 mi, 1,100 km)

Service ceiling

25,000 ft (7,600 m).

 

 

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