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PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader spraying late colza near Battonya, Hungary
PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader spraying late colza near Battonya, Hungary
Published: 2015/07/24
Channel: KamovRider
PZL M-18 Dromader | Water Drops & Landings @ Corfu Intl Airport | Plane Spotting
PZL M-18 Dromader | Water Drops & Landings @ Corfu Intl Airport | Plane Spotting
Published: 2016/02/01
Channel: TheGreatFlyer
PZL-Mielec M18 Dromader cold start and fungicide spraying near Tótkomlós, Hungary
PZL-Mielec M18 Dromader cold start and fungicide spraying near Tótkomlós, Hungary
Published: 2015/10/12
Channel: KamovRider
PZL Dromader Firefighting Aircraft Cockpit
PZL Dromader Firefighting Aircraft Cockpit
Published: 2012/08/16
Channel: Peter Lee
Motowizja PZL M18B Dromader
Motowizja PZL M18B Dromader
Published: 2016/01/30
Channel: Jacek Tobolski
PZL M 18 Dromader working in Ontario
PZL M 18 Dromader working in Ontario
Published: 2013/08/13
Channel: Maria Nowak
PZL M18B Dromader Firefighting Aircraft - Dangerous Low Water Bombing!
PZL M18B Dromader Firefighting Aircraft - Dangerous Low Water Bombing!
Published: 2017/05/03
Channel: KNIGHT FLIGHT VIDEO
PZL M-18 DROMADER
PZL M-18 DROMADER
Published: 2013/06/06
Channel: gucio7832
Low pass and water bomb  by PZL  M18 " Dromader "
Low pass and water bomb by PZL M18 " Dromader "
Published: 2014/03/16
Channel: 16 mm
PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader vs mosquitoes  Beograd jun 2014.
PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader vs mosquitoes Beograd jun 2014.
Published: 2015/04/24
Channel: Cane61
PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader Lotnisko  Radawiec
PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader Lotnisko Radawiec
Published: 2015/04/25
Channel: flight
PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader on a practice water bombing run at Hamilton Victoria Australia
PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader on a practice water bombing run at Hamilton Victoria Australia
Published: 2012/07/09
Channel: chinesemodeltrains.com
PZL-Mielec M18 Dromader fertilizer flight near Mezőhegyes, Hungary
PZL-Mielec M18 Dromader fertilizer flight near Mezőhegyes, Hungary
Published: 2014/03/23
Channel: KamovRider
PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader Matricula CC-PZT en Aeródromo Santo Domingo (SCSN)
PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader Matricula CC-PZT en Aeródromo Santo Domingo (SCSN)
Published: 2013/12/29
Channel: virtualiners
Mariusz Muniak - walka z pożarami M18 Dromader
Mariusz Muniak - walka z pożarami M18 Dromader
Published: 2009/10/13
Channel: Mariusz Muniak
CIAF 1998 - PZL M-18 Dromader
CIAF 1998 - PZL M-18 Dromader
Published: 2011/01/27
Channel: Pavel Vanka
PZL M18 Dromader - bomba wodna -Rodzinny Piknik Lotniczy w Gryźlinach 2014
PZL M18 Dromader - bomba wodna -Rodzinny Piknik Lotniczy w Gryźlinach 2014
Published: 2014/06/24
Channel: Wojciech Stasiak
m-18 dromader firefighting..
m-18 dromader firefighting..
Published: 2009/08/08
Channel: smokehunter07
PZL-Mielec M-18B Dromader Waterbomber in Portugal
PZL-Mielec M-18B Dromader Waterbomber in Portugal
Published: 2010/08/02
Channel: TUCKIE10
RC PLZ Mielec M-18 Dromader
RC PLZ Mielec M-18 Dromader
Published: 2016/03/13
Channel: airservicemen
H.A.F. PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader  Athens Flying Week Tatoi Airshow
H.A.F. PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader Athens Flying Week Tatoi Airshow
Published: 2015/09/16
Channel: gvlacom
PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader Formation Take Off
PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader Formation Take Off
Published: 2015/06/05
Channel: xrayboy1052
Aterrizaje PZL Dromader M18
Aterrizaje PZL Dromader M18
Published: 2013/08/17
Channel: FCO. JAVIER RODRIGUEZ
PZL M18 DROMADER / YU-BOS
PZL M18 DROMADER / YU-BOS
Published: 2015/09/01
Channel: Gabor Lastovic
R-Mach Aviation PZL-Mielec M-18B Dromader VH-MDR
R-Mach Aviation PZL-Mielec M-18B Dromader VH-MDR
Published: 2017/06/01
Channel: Air Queensland.blogspot
PZL M18 Dromader (HAF) Landing at Kefalonia airport after firefighting mission 1
PZL M18 Dromader (HAF) Landing at Kefalonia airport after firefighting mission 1
Published: 2017/08/14
Channel: kek258
PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader startup
PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader startup
Published: 2015/06/05
Channel: xrayboy1052
PZL-Mielec M18 Dromader SP-ZWN - Lousã
PZL-Mielec M18 Dromader SP-ZWN - Lousã
Published: 2014/09/12
Channel: Fernando Liberato
PZL M18B Dromader Starting up!
PZL M18B Dromader Starting up!
Published: 2011/10/20
Channel: cepedio
[HD] Turbine Pezetel M18 Dromader and Radial Pezetel M18A Dromader Landing CSU3
[HD] Turbine Pezetel M18 Dromader and Radial Pezetel M18A Dromader Landing CSU3
Published: 2012/05/28
Channel: AeroportStHyacinthe
FSX PZL M-18 Dromader
FSX PZL M-18 Dromader
Published: 2007/05/23
Channel: zippyo1
PZL M-18 Dromader HA-MUR
PZL M-18 Dromader HA-MUR
Published: 2007/08/30
Channel: Peter Czegeny
PZL MIELEC M 18 DROMADER
PZL MIELEC M 18 DROMADER
Published: 2015/05/30
Channel: João Paulo de Souza
Pzl M18 Dromader - PRM radial engine 150cc - First fly1
Pzl M18 Dromader - PRM radial engine 150cc - First fly1
Published: 2011/05/29
Channel: 19Patrick83
M-18 Dromader In Formation CSU3
M-18 Dromader In Formation CSU3
Published: 2011/07/25
Channel: AeroportStHyacinthe
PZL M18 Dromader  -  Polish Firefighting Aircraft PZL M18 " Dromader "
PZL M18 Dromader - Polish Firefighting Aircraft PZL M18 " Dromader "
Published: 2013/05/12
Channel: 16 mm
PZL m18 Dromader spreading apple orchard in Mexico!
PZL m18 Dromader spreading apple orchard in Mexico!
Published: 2011/09/03
Channel: Valente Gutiérrez
Klub Miłośników Lotnictwa w Mielcu, Józef Oleksiak i PZL M18 Dromader, Mielec 08.12.2015
Klub Miłośników Lotnictwa w Mielcu, Józef Oleksiak i PZL M18 Dromader, Mielec 08.12.2015
Published: 2015/12/14
Channel: Zbigniew Wicherski
[HD] Pezetel M18 Dromader Walk Around CSU3
[HD] Pezetel M18 Dromader Walk Around CSU3
Published: 2012/06/17
Channel: AeroportStHyacinthe
M18 Dromader 2008
M18 Dromader 2008
Published: 2010/11/21
Channel: swneunzehn
4th Athens FW 2015 HAF PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader
4th Athens FW 2015 HAF PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader
Published: 2015/09/19
Channel: ioannis bardas
Athens Flying Week 2017 Hellenic Air Force  PZL-Milelc M-18 Dromader
Athens Flying Week 2017 Hellenic Air Force PZL-Milelc M-18 Dromader
Published: 2017/09/24
Channel: gvlacom
PZL Mielec M 18 Dromader Firefighting plane water drop EPML
PZL Mielec M 18 Dromader Firefighting plane water drop EPML
Published: 2015/03/01
Channel: air&tech
PZL M18 Dromader - Impressive Firefighting Demonstration @ Piknik lotniczy Świdwin 2015
PZL M18 Dromader - Impressive Firefighting Demonstration @ Piknik lotniczy Świdwin 2015
Published: 2017/06/13
Channel: KNIGHT FLIGHT VIDEO
LZ-8012 PZL M18 Dromader taking off
LZ-8012 PZL M18 Dromader taking off
Published: 2016/08/19
Channel: ivo zet
PZL M18 Dromader w akcji - pożar zakładu produkcyjnego Ilpea - Chełstówek 20.07.2015
PZL M18 Dromader w akcji - pożar zakładu produkcyjnego Ilpea - Chełstówek 20.07.2015
Published: 2015/07/20
Channel: szczepan1990
PZL M18 Dromader
PZL M18 Dromader
Published: 2013/08/11
Channel: Wojciech Stasiak
Dromader M-18 Crop Dusting! Go Pro Hero 3+ Black Edition!
Dromader M-18 Crop Dusting! Go Pro Hero 3+ Black Edition!
Published: 2013/12/11
Channel: kgradert7
HAF PZL M18 DROMADER KEFALONIA 1992 2013
HAF PZL M18 DROMADER KEFALONIA 1992 2013
Published: 2014/05/28
Channel: Dionisis-Kyriakos Fragkias
Turbine Dromader
Turbine Dromader
Published: 2008/11/09
Channel: csargant
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M-18 Dromader
South Dakota M-18B Dromader.jpg
M-18B Dromader used in South Dakota
Role Utility aircraft
National origin Poland
Manufacturer PZL-Mielec
First flight 27 August 1976
Number built 759+
Developed from Rockwell Thrush Commander

The PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader (Polish: "Dromedary") is a single engine agricultural aircraft that is manufactured by PZL-Mielec in Poland. The aircraft is used mainly as a cropduster or firefighting machine.

Development[edit]

PZL-Mielec, then known as WSK-Mielec, began to design the Dromader in the mid 1970s, with help of United States aircraft manufacturer Rockwell International. PZL-Mielec asked for Rockwell's help because of the political situation at the time: operating in an Eastern Bloc country, PZL wanted the aircraft to sell well worldwide, and the company realized that FAA certification would be important in reaching that goal. Rockwell on the other hand wanted to fit Polish high-power radial engines into its agricultural planes. As a result of this cooperation the Rockwell Thrush Commander aircraft was fitted with the PZL-3 engine, and the Polish designers created the higher payload M-18 Dromader by introducing the more powerful ASz-62 engine, making structural changes to the airframe, and increasing dimensions. This co-operation meant that the Dromader shares outer wing panels and part of a fuselage with the Thrush Commander.

The first prototype of the aircraft flew on August 27, 1976. In September 1978, the aircraft was given certification to fly in Poland. Certifications from many countries around the world followed soon.

Many aircraft of the M-18 type and its variations can still be seen around the world. They were sold to 24 countries, over 200 are used in the USA.[1] In 2008, fifteen were sold to China.[2] The Dromader is still in PZL-Mielec offer the (as of 2017), but the production has been halted.[2] The produced aircraft are still refurbished instead, with new engines (produced by WSK "PZL-Kalisz").[2] There are plans to acquire rights and renew the production in WZL-2 in Bydgoszcz.[2]

Some 759 had been built.[1] Currently (2012) models M-18B and M-18BS are offered by PZL-Mielec.[1]

PZL M-18B Dromader as waterbomber

Variants[edit]

Lineup of 4 M-18s at Perth Airport on standby for the bushfire season (early 2000s)
M-21 Dromader Mini
M-18
original one-seat production version, now available for special orders only.
M-18A
two seater available from 1984 onwards. Allows a mechanic or chemical loader to be carried as a passenger to remote fields.
M-18AS
two-cockpit trainer version
M-18B
refined version of M-18A with increased capacity, flown in 1993.
M-18BS
two-cockpit trainer.
M-18C
version with more powerful 895 kW (1,200 hp) Kalisz K-9 engine. Flown in 1995 but not produced.
M-18/T45 Turbine Dromader
turboprop powered with Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-45 engine. First flew in 1985 and was given FAA certification in April 1986.
M-21 Dromader Mini
smaller variant (1100 kg of chemicals), flown in 1982, not produced.
M-24 Dromader Super
bigger variant (2000 kg of chemicals), flown in 1987, not produced.
M-25 Dromader Mikro
smaller variant (500 kg of chemicals), sketch only.
AII AVA-303
The M-18 is being built in Iran as the AVA-303.

Operators[edit]

Military[edit]

 Croatia
 Greece
 Montenegro
 Serbia -Former operator
Iran airforce

Civil[edit]

The Dromader is in service with aerial agriculture and other companies in many countries, operating in a variety of roles. The former Yugoslav Airline, Jugoslovenski Aerotransport, used it for cropspraying.

Specifications (M-18B Dromader)[edit]

M-18B Dromader dropping water
M-18B Dromader dropping water
PZL-Mielec M18 Dromader

Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2003–2004[3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one, pilot
  • Capacity: one passenger, and up to 2,500 L (660 US gallons) or 2,200 kg (4,850 lb) of chemicals
  • Length: 9.47 m (31 ft 1 in)
  • Wingspan: 17.70 m (58 ft 0¾ in)
  • Height: 3.70 m (12 ft 1¾ in)
  • Wing area: 40.00 m² (430.5 ft²)
  • Airfoil: NACA 4416 at root, 4412 on outer wings
  • Empty weight: 2,710 kg[4] (5,975 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 5,300 kg (11,700 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × WSK "PZL-Kalisz" ASz-62IR piston radial, 731 kW (980 hp)

Performance

See also[edit]

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c M-18 Dromader on PZL Mielec homepage [retrieved 24-1-2012] {in Polish}
  2. ^ a b c d Gruszczyński, Jerzy. W pierwszej lidze dostawców, "Lotnictwo Aviation International" Nr. 9/2017, p. 35-36 (in Polish)
  3. ^ Jackson 2003, pp. 338–339.
  4. ^ Taylor 1999, p.450. (M-18A)
  • Jackson, Paul. Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2003–2004. Coulsdon, UK: Jane's Information Group, 2003. ISBN 0-7106-2537-5.
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. Brassey's World Aircraft & Systems Directory 1999/2000. London: Brassey's, 1999. ISBN 1-85753-245-7.

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