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All Carbon Fiber Reconnaissance Trainer DART-450 Takes To Skies
DART-450 (Image: Diamond Aircraft)

Diamond Aircraft’s all-carbon fiber tandem, 2-sear civilian and military trainer with a sidestick and pneumatic ejection seats, DART-450 made its first flight Tuesday.

The DART-450 (Diamond Aircraft Reconnaissance Trainer) is a +7/-5G aerobatic airplane with a maximum take-off power of 500 hp. It is equipped with the Ivchenko-Progress / Motor Sich AI-450S turboprop engine, a 5-blade MT propeller, and a GARMIN avionic system. Maximum endurance of the DART is 8 hours plus reserve, the company said in a statement Tuesday.

Within the first 60 minutes of flight time, speeds between 60 – 200 knots IAS have been tested at various altitudes. Expected top speed is 250 knots TAS.

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