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MC-15J

Cricri Jet

The cricri was designed by Michel Colomban. The prototype flew for the first time, on the airfield of Guyancourt, on 19 July 1973. He was flown by Robert Buisson. This plane was built only according to the plans distributed by its designer. It was designed for experimental aircraft builders.

It was originally equipped with 2 piston engines of 15 hp each. It was the smallest twin-engine in the world. It flew more than 200 km/h for a consumption around 10 l/h. It has undergone different developments in its motorisation, especially the one presented here with small turbojets engines .

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MC15J - Cricri Jet, Source : Aviation et Pilotes Privés, N°285

The MC15J cricri jet made its first flight from Rennes Saint-Jacques Airport (LFRN) on Thursday 31 July 1997, piloted by Yves Duval

Originally, it was planned to mount 4 JPX T240 turbojets instead of the 2 JPX PUL 212 of 15cv each. Due to the low thrust of the T240s, and the complexity of such an installation, work was undertaken with JPX to produce a new turbojet engine with 15 Kg of thrust. With the engine late in coming, it was finally decided to look for another solution.

After multiple searches, the choice of the team finally reaches the J.E.T Cobra of 14 kgp. As originally planned, the two turbojets were mounted in place of the 2 JPX PUL 212.

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MC15J - Cricri Jet, Source : Aviation et Pilotes Privés, N°285

MC-15J Technical data

Manufacturer
DesignerMichel Colomban
TypeTwin light jet aircraft
First flight31 juillet 1997
Nb. Built1
Crew1

Power plant

EngineJ.E.TCobra
Count2
TypeTurbojet
Max. ratings  15 kg33 lbs

Dimensions

Span4,90 m13.12 ft
Length9,91 m9.84 ft
Height1,20 m3.28 ft
Aereasft²

Weights

Empty74 kg163 lb
Crewkg lb
Fuel & Oilkg lb
Max. permissible375 kg827 lb

Performances 

Vne - Max speed220 km/h137 mph
Vno - Max.crus. speedkm/hmph
Max. rate of climb150 m/min500 ft/min
Service ceilingmft
Range17 min17 '
Landing speedkm/hmph
T.O distance to 50 ft600 m656 yds
Landing distance from 50 ft400 m437 yds

They did not work with Jet-A1, but with LPG. This solution allowed a substantial gain in weight (taking into account the specific mass of LPG compared to that of kerosene). The maximum range was 17 minutes.

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MC15J - Cricri Jet, Source : Aviation et Pilotes Privés, N°285

While the MC15J retains the overall dimensions of the original cricri, it is subject to some modifications: its front is modified to accommodate the larger oil tanks and the connecting arms carrying the turbojets. Finally, the LPG tank, structural, is installed under the seat of the pilot. It is filled by plugging it into a traditional gas cylinder.

Starting was carried out using an air compressor. Throttle was gradually opened until the idling speed of 22000 rpm was reached.

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Yves Duval with the Cricri Jet

List of the MC15J Cricri Jet known


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1997


F-PYIJ

Yves DUVAL's Project, this MC15J F-PYIJ flew on 31 July 1997. It was equipped with 2 JET Cobra jet engines.

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2000


F-PZPR

Nicolas CHARMONT's project, this MC15J F-PZPR flew a few months after Yves Duval's cricri. It was equipped with 2 AMT Olympus jet engines.

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2011


F-PCLF

Dominique BONNAIRE's project, this MC15J made its first flight on May 5, 2011. It was equipped with 2 Jetcat P200-SX jet engines.

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2015


VH-ZSE

Sakkie VAN HEERDEN's project, it made its first flight on September 22, 2015. It is equipped with 2 PBS TJ-20 jet engines.