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Aviation and Diplomacy

Frank Piasecki

NATO 1949-2009 Projekt ekspozycji w Muzeum Lotnictwa Polskiego w Krakowie



Polish Aviation Museum

31-864 Kraków,
al. Jana Pawła II 39
phone: (12) 640 99 60,
(12) 642 40 70
e-mail: info@muzeumlotnictwa.pl

a cultural institution of the Malopolska Region

Małopolska – Kraków Region


Patronage

Kraków Airport







Aeroplane: PZL M-20 Mewa

PZL M-20 Mewa
USA / Poland
executive aircraft
1978



  • Technical data


Span 11.86 m (36.08 ft)
Length 8.72 m (26.2 ft)
Take-off weight 2,070 kg (4,563 lb)
Maximum speed 360 km/h (225 mph)
Ceiling 7,620 m (25,000 ft)
Range 1,260 km (680 nmi, 780 mi)
Armament
Powerplant :
two PZL-Franklin 6A-350C six-cylinder air-cooled flat inline engines rated at 162 kW (220 hp) each

 

The PZL M20 Mewa (gull) is a six-seat executive aircraft manufactured by WSK PZL Mielec under license of American Piper PA-34 Seneca II. The first example, assembled from elements delivered from the USA first flew in July 1979. In contrast with the American original, Polish - built aircraft was powered by Polish-built PZL-Franklin 6A-350C engines. Problems with these engines led to replacement of this version in production by a variant equivalent to later American variant Piper PA-34 Seneca III powered by Teledyne Continental TSIO/LTSIO-360-KB engines.

The Mewa aircraft is used in Poland as executive and in pilot training for multi-engine/lFR rating by Aviation Training Center of Rzeszow Technical University. Three examples were operated by Polish Medical Air Rescue. One example was used by Maritime Regional Unit of Border Guard for sea patrol duties.

The aircraft on display is the first example built in Poland, serial number 1AHP01-01. The plane was used by Aerogryf Aviation in certified training among other uses. It was donated after landing at the Museum airstrip in September 2011.

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