1940 Helicopter

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  1. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

    Researching my new book on MI(R) I came across reference to a shelved 1940 Helicopter project.

    Made by Weir's it was a five seater machine powered by Rolls Royce Kestral engine of 900H.P. top speed was 170mph and climb rate 1250 ft/min.

    A armoured single or twin seat version was envisaged for ground attack.

    There is mention in the document of a cinematographic record of the machines and their performance.

    'The machines were not further developed and plans and components are at Cathcart near Glasgow - it would take ten months to complete them'

    Two other Weir made machines a 50HP single seater was capable of 67 mph and a two seater 200hp had a top speed of 97 mph examples of which were in the inventory of the Air Ministry
     
  2. Noel Burgess

    Noel Burgess Senior Member

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  3. wowtank

    wowtank Very Senior Member

    Rolls Royce Kestral engine of 900HP interesting the First Merlin could only do that!
     
  4. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

    Here is the report by Lt Col Blacker - Inventor of the Blacker Bombard
     

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  5. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    Two other Weir made machines a 50HP single seater was capable of 67 mph and a two seater 200hp had a top speed of 97 mph examples of which were in the inventory of the Air Ministry

    A pure helicopter with only 50 hp sounds like it would be pretty difficult to pull off. Like to read more about it though.

    Thanks,

    Dave

    Aha, I just read your follow up with attachment. An auto-gyro! :)
     
  6. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    There's a thread on this in the 1940 section as it's mentioned in I Corps war diaries visiting France (1939 I think) - Diane even found a couple of video clips of it in Paris :)
     
  7. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

  8. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    Came across this today. Sikorsky built them I think. They were in the Burma theatre in late 1943.

    Helicopter Burma.jpg
     
  9. Wills

    Wills Very Senior Member

  10. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    Thanks Wills. If the technology and testing had been a little further along, many casualties could have been extracted from the jungle regions and lives saved. Mind you these craft would have been easy meat for patrolling enemy aircraft.
     
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