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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-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 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
Motowizja PZL M18B Dromader
Motowizja PZL M18B Dromader
Published: 2016/01/30
Channel: Jacek Tobolski
PZL Dromader Firefighting Aircraft Cockpit
PZL Dromader Firefighting Aircraft Cockpit
Published: 2012/08/16
Channel: Peter Lee
PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader Lotnisko  Radawiec
PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader Lotnisko Radawiec
Published: 2015/04/25
Channel: flight
PZL M 18 Dromader working in Ontario
PZL M 18 Dromader working in Ontario
Published: 2013/08/13
Channel: Maria Nowak
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 Firefighting plane water drop EPML
PZL Mielec M 18 Dromader Firefighting plane water drop EPML
Published: 2015/03/01
Channel: air&tech
PZL-Mielec M-18B Dromader Waterbomber in Portugal
PZL-Mielec M-18B Dromader Waterbomber in Portugal
Published: 2010/08/02
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PZL Mielec M-18 Dromader
PZL Mielec M-18 Dromader
Published: 2017/02/04
Channel: meal time
PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader startup
PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader startup
Published: 2015/06/05
Channel: xrayboy1052
PZL Mielec M 18B Dromader Waterbomber in Portugal
PZL Mielec M 18B Dromader Waterbomber in Portugal
Published: 2016/05/07
Channel: James Winston
PZL MIELEC M 18 DROMADER
PZL MIELEC M 18 DROMADER
Published: 2015/05/30
Channel: João Paulo de Souza 1994
PZL M18 DROMADER / YU-BOS
PZL M18 DROMADER / YU-BOS
Published: 2015/09/01
Channel: Gabor Lastovic
PZL-Mielec M18 Dromader SP-ZWN - Lousã
PZL-Mielec M18 Dromader SP-ZWN - Lousã
Published: 2014/09/12
Channel: Fernando Liberato
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
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
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
Mariusz Muniak - walka z pożarami M18 Dromader
Mariusz Muniak - walka z pożarami M18 Dromader
Published: 2009/10/13
Channel: Mariusz Muniak
RC PLZ Mielec M-18 Dromader
RC PLZ Mielec M-18 Dromader
Published: 2016/03/13
Channel: airservicemen
359 ΜΑΕΔΥ - P.Z.L DROMADER M18B Agrinio Greece
359 ΜΑΕΔΥ - P.Z.L DROMADER M18B Agrinio Greece
Published: 2015/07/27
Channel: x pap
PZL M18 Dromader
PZL M18 Dromader
Published: 2013/08/11
Channel: Wojciech Stasiak
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 M18B Dromader Starting up!
PZL M18B Dromader Starting up!
Published: 2011/10/20
Channel: cepedio
GREEK PZL M18 FIREFIGHTERS
GREEK PZL M18 FIREFIGHTERS
Published: 2012/07/09
Channel: Kostas Tagkalos
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
PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader Formation Take Off
PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader Formation Take Off
Published: 2015/06/05
Channel: xrayboy1052
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-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 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
CIAF 1998 - PZL M-18 Dromader
CIAF 1998 - PZL M-18 Dromader
Published: 2011/01/27
Channel: Pavel Vanka
[HD] Two Pezetel M18 Dromader Takeoff CSU3
[HD] Two Pezetel M18 Dromader Takeoff CSU3
Published: 2012/06/17
Channel: AeroportStHyacinthe
[HD] **Rare** Two Pezetel M18 Dromader And Two M18A Dromader Taxiing and Taking off Together CSU3
[HD] **Rare** Two Pezetel M18 Dromader And Two M18A Dromader Taxiing and Taking off Together CSU3
Published: 2013/05/20
Channel: AeroportStHyacinthe
PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader fires up (literally) at Hamilton Vic Australia
PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader fires up (literally) at Hamilton Vic Australia
Published: 2012/07/09
Channel: chinesemodeltrains.com
Dromader PZL M-18 in action Budva - Jaz - Montenegro
Dromader PZL M-18 in action Budva - Jaz - Montenegro
Published: 2008/12/11
Channel: velemirs
PZL m18 Dromader spreading apple orchard in Mexico!
PZL m18 Dromader spreading apple orchard in Mexico!
Published: 2011/09/03
Channel: Valente Gutiérrez
Ecka Dromader PZL M-18 Agrimonster.AVI
Ecka Dromader PZL M-18 Agrimonster.AVI
Published: 2012/04/22
Channel: robotron73
PZL M-18 Dromader SP-ZWX
PZL M-18 Dromader SP-ZWX
Published: 2015/08/31
Channel: Jakub Nodzyński
PZL M18 DROMADER TAKE-OFF
PZL M18 DROMADER TAKE-OFF
Published: 2014/07/24
Channel: Lajos Magyar
Aterrizaje PZL Dromader M18
Aterrizaje PZL Dromader M18
Published: 2013/08/17
Channel: FCO. JAVIER RODRIGUEZ
Pzl M18 Dromader - PRM radial engine 150cc - First fly1
Pzl M18 Dromader - PRM radial engine 150cc - First fly1
Published: 2011/05/29
Channel: 19Patrick83
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
Polish M-18 Dromader- (Agricultural Aircraft in Action)
Polish M-18 Dromader- (Agricultural Aircraft in Action)
Published: 2016/10/15
Channel: Jake Phelps
Piknik lotniczy Świdwin 2013 - PZL M18 Dromader
Piknik lotniczy Świdwin 2013 - PZL M18 Dromader
Published: 2013/06/30
Channel: lukien213
M-18 Dromader In Formation CSU3
M-18 Dromader In Formation CSU3
Published: 2011/07/25
Channel: AeroportStHyacinthe
PZL M-18 Dromader HA-MUR
PZL M-18 Dromader HA-MUR
Published: 2007/08/30
Channel: Peter Czegeny
PZL M-18 Dromader Pokaz Samolotu Gaśniczego /Master Truck 2014 /Sony Cybershot Dsc-hx300
PZL M-18 Dromader Pokaz Samolotu Gaśniczego /Master Truck 2014 /Sony Cybershot Dsc-hx300
Published: 2015/01/06
Channel: Matus1104
[HD] Pezetel M18 Dromader Walk Around CSU3
[HD] Pezetel M18 Dromader Walk Around CSU3
Published: 2012/06/17
Channel: AeroportStHyacinthe
PZL M18 DROMADER
PZL M18 DROMADER
Published: 2014/07/25
Channel: Lajos Magyar
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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]

Most Dromaders are easy to distinguish because of their yellow color. 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[2]

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[3] (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. ^ Jackson 2003, pp. 338–339.
  3. ^ 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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