Agusta A109 Hirundo

1971











One of the most beautiful aircraft ever built.

To amplify the comment above, the A109 was designed in the mid 1960s as a high speed, agile, turbine powered, 8 seat helicopter. The A-109 first flew 4 Aug 1971 and has appeared in several versions. A109A Hirundo became operational in 1976, the A109CSG Coast Guard version was available from late 1981, the A109 Naval is a primarily a shipborne version and the A109K is a fixed undercarriage version with Turbomeca Arriel, raher than Allison powerplants targetted at hot-and-high customers. Military orders have included the armed forces of Argentina, Iraq, Italy, Libya, UK and Venezuela.


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Specifications


Engine: 2 x Allison 250-C20B 420shp
Capacity: 2 + 8
Length: (m) 10
Height: (m) 3.3
Blades: 4
Rotor diam.: (m) 11
Disc area: (m2) 95
Weight: (kgs) Empty: 1550     Max: 2600
Speed: (km/h) Cruise: 230     Max: 270
Range: (km) 500
Ceiling: (m)
Rate/Climb: (m/min)
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Derivatives & Versions


ModelYearHistory
A109B 1969
A109CM 1971 Military variant. Known as EOA-1 (Standard) and EOA-2 (Special) in Italian Army
A109a 1976
A109A-II 1981
SABCA A109BA 1988
A109K 1988 Enhanced military version based on the A109A-II but powered by Arriel 1K engines. Sold to Peru
A109C 1989 Eight seat civil version, powered by two Rolls-Royce 250C20R-1
A109K2 1991 High-altitude variant with fixed wheels. 38 built
A109E Power 1995 The A.109E Power is an upgraded version, powered by two Turbomeca Arrius 2K1 or two Pratt & Whitney PW206C engines. From 2001 was renamed as ...


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