September 19, 1997, Japan
Tokyo, September 19, 1997 - As part of a research program toward the development of future technologies for general aviation, Honda has designed and developed its own 6-passenger experimental jet airplane, the MH02.
Research on this project started in 1986, and with the active participation of Mississippi State University (MSU) in the assembly stage, the first prototype (type N3079N) was completed in 1992.
Following its first test flight on March 5, 1993, a total of 170 hours were spent in the air testing overall performance, maneuverability, stability, and ease of recovery in flutter, stalling and other particular situations. Although the flight tests, which concluded in August 1996, were conducted according to the rules set by the FAA for experimental planes, there are no plans to homologate, produce or sell this plane.
The MH02 has a unique, forward bent, high wing design (12 degree forward angle - 1/4 wing chord) and a T-type empennage. The plane's superior low-speed performance allows for Pt135 operation on 3,000-feet runways. The MH02 is the first all-composite small business jet, using lightweight carbon fiber reinforced epoxy resins in all the structural elements ranging from main and tail wing cross beams and ribs, to fuselage frame and other outer panels.
The engines are two Pratt & Whitney (Pratt & Whitney, Canada Inc.) JT15D-type turbofans located at the top of the main wing roots.
|Number of passengers
||Pratt & Whitney JT-15D-1 Turbofan x 2
|Engine power rating
||600 kgf (1,232 lb. st) per engine
|Body and wing material
||overall length 11.25 m
overall width 11.24 m
overall height 4.18 m
|Maximum take-off load
|Estimated maximum speed
||353 knots at 9,144 m altitude
||- Manually operated tabs on sub wings, elevators and rudder.
- Main wing with leading slats and triple-slotted trailing flaps.
||Retractable three-point landing gear, with the main gears retracting inward into the fuselage and the front gear retracting forward into the nose.