CMC Leopard

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Leopard
CMC Leopard complete.jpg
CMC Leopard, G-BRNM, on display at the Midland Air Museum.
RoleBusiness jet
ManufacturerChichester-Miles Consultants
DesignerIan Chichester-Miles
First flight12 December 1988
StatusProject cancelled, both aircraft withdrawn from use
Number built2
 
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Leopard
CMC Leopard complete.jpg
CMC Leopard, G-BRNM, on display at the Midland Air Museum.
RoleBusiness jet
ManufacturerChichester-Miles Consultants
DesignerIan Chichester-Miles
First flight12 December 1988
StatusProject cancelled, both aircraft withdrawn from use
Number built2
CMC Leopard on display at the Midland Air Museum

The CMC Leopard was a British light personal business jet aircraft under development in the United Kingdom in the 1980s. Two prototypes were built and flown but the type was not put into production.

Design and development[edit]

The Leopard was a mid-wing cantilever monoplane of composite construction with all-swept flying surfaces and jet fighter-like styling other than the podded engines on either side of the aft fuselage. The entire canopy hinged forward to allow access to the four seats. A mockup was completed in 1982, leading to a prototype (registration G-BKRL) built by the Designability company. The prototype first flew late in 1988. Development suffered a major setback when the engine manufacturer (Noel Penny Turbines) ceased business, leading to the grounding of the prototype. A second, refined prototype (registration G-BRNM) was then constructed to use Williams International turbofans. This aircraft also incorporated a pressurised cabin, revised undercarriage, and a generally strengthened airframe. This second prototype was unveiled at the 1996 Farnborough International Airshow and first flew on 9 April 1997.

As of 2002, development was confined to these two aircraft, by then retrospectively redesignated Leopard FOUR to distinguish them from a proposed six-seat variant, the Leopard SIX.

Aircraft on display[edit]

Until 2008 the two prototype Leopards (001 & 002) were on display at The Bournemouth Museum. But with the museum closing in early 2008, 002 moved to the Midland Air Museum at Coventry. 001 is on display at the Bournemouth Aviation Museum.

Specifications (second prototype)[edit]

General characteristics

Performance

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