The THK-16 Mehmetçik (Turkish: "Little Mehmet") was an aircraft designed in Turkey in the early 1950s to provide the Turkish Air Force with a domestically designed and built jet trainer. The project was cancelled without the aircraft having been built.
As designed, the THK-16 was to have been a conventional, mid-wing monoplane with the pilot and instructor seated in tandem under a long canopy. Power would have been provided by two small turbojets mounted in underwing nacelles, and construction was to have been metal throughout. Design work was practically complete in 1952 when Türk Hava Kurumu was bought out by MKEK. Although the THK-16 was selected as one of the THK designs that MKEK felt was worth continuing with and allocated the designation MKEK-3, the Turkish Air Force purchased the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star as its jet trainer and work on the local design was abandoned.
Data from Cebeci 2004
General characteristicsCrew: Two, student and instructor
Length: 7.00 m (23 ft 0 in)
Wingspan: 10.00 m (32 ft 10 in)
Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Wing area: 14.0 m2 (151 ft2)
Empty weight: 510 kg (1,120 lb)
Gross weight: 1,100 kg (2,420 lb)
Powerplant: 2 × Turbomeca Pimémé, 0.7 kN (160 lbf) thrust each
PerformanceMaximum speed: 430 km/h (270 mph)
Range: 710 km (440 miles)
Service ceiling: 12,000 m (39,400 ft)