|Role||Experimental light aircraft|
|National origin||United States|
|Manufacturer||Rutan Aircraft Factory|
|Introduction||June 17, 1996|
The Rutan Model 202 Boomerang is an aircraft designed and built by Burt Rutan[when?]. The design was intended to be a multi-engine aircraft that in the event of failure of a single engine would not become dangerously difficult to control due to asymmetric thrust. The result is an asymmetrical aircraft with a very distinct appearance.
Design and development
The Boomerang was designed around the specifications of the Beechcraft Baron 58, one of the best known and most numerous twin-engine civilian aircraft. The use of the asymmetrical design allows the Boomerang to fly faster and farther than the Baron using smaller engines, and seating the same number of occupants. The Boomerang is powered by two engines, with the right engine producing 10 hp (8 kW) more power than the left one (the engines are in fact the same model, just rated differently). The wings are forward-swept.
In 1997, avionics entrepreneur Ray Morrow and his son, Neil Morrow, founded an air taxi company. They settled on a modified version of Rutan's Boomerang design, which they designated the MB-300. They determined that the best business approach would be to manufacture the aircraft and run the air taxi services themselves. So Ray Morrow founded Morrow Aircraft Corporation in order to design and manufacture the MB-300. In the meantime, they started the SkyTaxi company using Cessna 414s as interim aircraft. In 1999, Morrow Aircraft Corporation applied to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States for a type certificate for the MB-300. In 2000, the FAA published a notice seeking comments on Morrow Aircraft's proposal to use an electronic engine control system (FADEC) in place of the engine's mechanical system.
Data from Air&Space Magazine September 2012
- Crew: 1 pilot
- Capacity: 4 passengers (1,000 lb payload cabin)
- Length: 30 ft 8 in (9.35 m)
- Wingspan: 36 ft 8 in (11.2 m)
- Wing area: 102 sq ft (9.48 m2)
- Aspect ratio: 13.2
- Empty weight: 2,359 lb (1,070 kg)
- Max takeoff weight: 4,189 lb (1,900 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming TIO-360-A1B , 200 hp (149 kW)
- Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming TIO-360-C1A6D four-cylinder air-cooled piston engine, 210 hp (157 kW)
- Maximum speed: 311 mph (530 km/h, 270 kn)
- Cruise speed: 250 mph (402 km/h, 220 kn) at 15,500FT, 47% power (best range)
- Stall speed: 80 mph (130 km/h, 70 kn)
- Range: 2,362 mi (3,801 km, 2,053 nmi) 2,960 miles at 37 percent
- Rate of climb: 1,900 ft/min (9.65 m/s)
- Blohm & Voss BV 141 - asymmetric German design of World War II
- Schapiro, Steve. "Burt Rutan's Favorite Ride", Air & Space/Smithsonian, September 2012. Retrieved: 11 September 2012.
- Sugar, Jim (November 1996). "Boomerang!". Science/Technology. Popular Mechanics. Vol. 173 no. 11. Hearst Corporation. pp. 50–53. ISSN 0032-4558. Retrieved 1 April 2006 – via Google Books.
- Morrow, Neil (Winter 2001). Ross, Robert (ed.). "From Snowboards to SkyTaxi". The Leader. ERAU. Archived from the original on 16 September 2006. Retrieved 1 April 2006.
- Federal Aviation Administration. (May 15, 2000). "Special Conditions: Installation of Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) System on Morrow Aircraft Corporation Model MB-300 Airplane". Federal Register. 65 (94): 30936–30938. Docket No. CE161; Notice No. 23-00-02-SC.
- Wynbrandt, James (July 2011). "As designed, Rutan's Boomerang returns to Osh". EAA. Archived from the original on 10 October 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
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