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ACBA Midour

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Top speed  300 km/h
Length  6.81 m
Wingspan  8.72 m
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The ACBA Midour, Midour 2 and Midour 3 are a series of glider tugs manufactured by the Aéro Club du Bas Armagnac in France, and named after the Midou River.

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Design and development

The Midour is a double-seat, low-wing monoplane of conventional configuration, fitted with a fixed, tricycle undercarriage. Developed in the workshop of the ACBA using the wings of a Robin DR400, the Midour first flew in the early 1970s and four additional examples to the original design have been built, along with two modified versions.

Although the Midour is sometimes equipped with only a single seat, a passenger can be carried behind the pilot, to assist in the release of gliders being towed.

Variants

ACBA-7 Midour
Original version with 180 horsepower (130 kW) Lycoming O-360 engine; five built.
ACBA-8 Midour 2
Improved version with new entirely new wing design. One built.
ACBA Midour 3
Optimised, quieted version of Midour 2 with new fuselage and canopy, designed to be especially quiet due to noise pollution concerns. One built.

Specifications (ACBA-7)

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General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 1 passenger (optional)
  • Length: 6.81 m (22 ft 4 in)
  • Wingspan: 8.72 m (28 ft 7 in)
  • Wing area: 14.2 m2 (153 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 550 kg (1,213 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 790 kg (1,742 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-360 4-cyl. horizontally-opposed piston engine, 130 kW (180 hp)
  • Performance

  • Maximum speed: 300 km/h (186 mph; 162 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 190 km/h (118 mph; 103 kn)
  • Rate of climb: 3.72 m/s (732 ft/min)
  • References

    ACBA Midour Wikipedia


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