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Embraer EMB 121 Xingu

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EMB 121 Xingu
Role Civil utility aircraft
Manufacturer Embraer
First flight 10 October 1976
Introduction 20 May 1977
Status Active
Primary users French Air Force
Brazilian Air Force
Produced 1977-1987
Number built 106
Developed from EMB 110 Bandeirante

The Embraer EMB 121 Xingu (Zschingü) is a twin-turboprop fixed-wing aircraft built by the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, Embraer. The design of this plane is based on the EMB 110 Bandeirante, using its wing and engine design merged with an all-new fuselage. The EMB 121 first flew on 10 October 1976.

A modified form of the EMB 121, the EMB 121A1 Xingu II, was introduced on 4 September 1981 with a more powerful engine (PT6A-42), increased seating (8 or 9 passengers) and a larger fuel capacity.

Before production ceased in August 1987, Embraer had produced 106 EMB 121 aircraft, 51 of which were exported to countries outside Brazil. Today the French Air Force is the largest operator with 43 aircraft still in service.


  • EMB 121A Xingu I : Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-28
  • EMB 121A1 Xingu II : Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-135
  • EMB 121V Xingu III : Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42
  • EMB 123 Tapajós: planned version with Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-45
  • VU-9 : Brazilian Air Force version.

Military Operators


Specifications (EMB 121A1 Xingu II)

Data from Jane's Civil and Military Aircraft Upgrades 1994-95

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two
  • Capacity: 8 or 9 passengers
  • Length: 12.25 m (40 ft 2¼ in)
  • Wingspan: 14.05 m (46 ft 1¼ in)
  • Height: 4.84 m (15 ft 10½ in)
  • Wing area: 27.50 m² (296.0 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 3,500 kg (7,716 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 5,670 kg (12,500 lb)
  • Powerplant:Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-135 turboprop engines, 560 kW (750 shp) each


See also

Related development

Comparable aircraft

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Published in July 2009.

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