The Mitsubishi MU-2 was manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries as a high-wing turboprop aircraft designed with a pressurized cabin and powered by twin engines. It first flew in September 1963 and was produced from 1963 to 1986. A total of 704 aircraft were built in Japan and Texas, United States. The MU-2 is among the most successful Japanese aircraft after the Second World War.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
1963 to: 1986
2x Honeywell TPE331-6-251M
776 horsepower
Max Cruise Speed:
295 knots
546 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
81 knots
Travel range:
1,260 Nautical Miles
2,334 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
Service Ceiling:
29,590 feet
Rate of Climb:
2360 feet / minute
11.99metre / second
Take Off Distance:
661 metre - 2,168.61 feet
Landing Distance:
573 metre - 1,879.90 feet
Max Take Off Weight:
5,250 Kg
11,574 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
5,000 Kg
11,023 lbs
Max Payload:
1,726 Kg
3,805 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
367 gallon
1,389 litre
Baggage Volume:
1.2 m3 / 42 ft3
Seats - Economy / General:
12 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
1.32 metre - 4.33 feet
Cabin Width:
1.5 metre - 4.92 feet
Cabin Length:
4.87 metre - 15.98 feet
Exterior Length:
12.01 metre - 39.40 feet
Tail height:
4.17 metre - 13.68 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
1.6 metre - 5.25 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
12.01 metre - 39.40 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets

In 1956, development on the Mitsubishi MU-2 started. It was the company’s first aircraft design after the Second World War. On September 14, 1963, the MU-2 took to the air for the first time. It was built as a light transport aircraft powered by twin turboprop engines intended for various civil and military uses. The aircraft was produced until 1986 with a total of 704 built.

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The MU-2L version can accommodate one or two pilots and four to twelve passengers on board. It has an external length of 12.01 meters, an external height of 2 meters, and a fuselage diameter of 1.6 meters. It has a tail height of 4.17 meters and a wheelbase of 4.4 meters. The wingspan is 11.94 meters including tip tanks and the wing area is 16.55 square meters. It has an empty weight of 3,433 kg, a maximum payload of 1,726 kg, and a maximum usable fuel capacity of 367 US gal. The maximum takeoff and landing weights are 5,250 kg and 5,000 kg, respectively.

The aircraft is powered by two AiResearch TPE331-6-251M engines. It is a single-shaft turboprop with an integral gearbox, two-stage centrifugal compressor, reverse annular combustors and three-stage axial turbine. Each engine produces a maximum thrust of 776 hp and drives a three-bladed Hartzell HC-B3TN-5/T10178HB-11 fully-feathering reversible constant-speed propellers of 2.29 meters in diameter.

The MU-2 has a maximum cruise speed of 295 knots at 4,175 kg at 15,010 feet and an economical cruise speed of 261 knots at 4,175 kg at 25,000 feet. It has a stall speed of 100 knots with flaps down and a range of 1,260 nautical miles at 25,000 feet with full wing and tip tanks including thirty minutes reserve. It can fly up to 29,590 feet and can climb at a rate of 2,360 feet per minute at sea level. The takeoff run is 661 meters while the landing run is 573 meters.

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