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  • Agusta A109 Hirundo


    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.

    A109 Hirundo News

    Dubai Police 20 Years of AW109 Operations, 09-Nov-15 : Dubai Airshow 2015 The Dubai Police achieved 20 years of operations and over 16,000 flight hours with its fleet of A109K2 light twin-engine helicopters.


    Engine: 2 x Allison 250-C20B 420 shp
    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)

    Derivatives & Versions

    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
    1st protoype flew Apr 1983, 2nd prototype first flight Mar 1984.
    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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