Before the aircraft specification was developed in Great Britain, as the towing targets used different versions of obsolete aircraft. Of course, the disadvantages of this practice are obvious, most acutely, they appeared on the eve of the war.

The prototype of M.50Martinet towed for the first time in the air 24.04.1942 year, it was designed on the basis of the existing Master Mk II aircraft. The main difference of the new machine was the much longer nose part, which made it possible to compensate for the entire mass of equipment that was towed. In the converted cockpit, a winch was installed, which operated from a windmill or an electric drive. There was also a place for the operator of control and a special compartment in which the targets were located. When flying M.50 Martinet could take 6 targets at once, such as sleeves or flags. In the British Air Force this machine was used from the year 1942 and until the end of the war. During this period of time, 1724 manufactured such machines.

Starting with 1946 years, it was held deep modernization of unmanned tug, which is designated as M.50 Queen Martinet. The machine is controlled remotely from a ground control station. Unused quickly made 11 and 54 machines converted from standard devices. It should be noted that this is the first time in Great Britain, specialized tugs, which were in service.

There were also options for the design of aircraft to tow gliders, which were made on the basis of previous models. Such devices were manufactured only two.

Flight performance aircraft M.50 Martinet quite good. The whole process of the flight provided the power plant, consisting of a single motor, which has a capacity of 870 horsepower. This allowed us to rise to the height of 7,7 kilometers and dispersed to 386 km / h.

Miles M.50 QUEEN MARTINET. Characteristics:

Modification   M.25
Wingspan, m   11.89
Length m   9.42
Height, m   3.53
Wing area, m2   22.48
Weight, kg  
  empty aircraft   2105
  maximum take-off   3060
engine's type   1 PD Bristol Mercury XX (XXX)
Power, hp   X 1 870
Maximum speed km / h   386
Cruising speed, km / h   347
Practical range, km   1120
Practical ceiling, m   7700
Crew   2


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