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    With the Bell Helicopter 505 Jet Ranger X making its maiden flight recently – and with the technologically advanced 525 Relentless waiting in the wings – we run down a (entirely subjective) list of the most influential helicopters of all time. And before anyone complains at the lack of a tiltrotor or compound rotorcraft, for reasons of simplicity we kept to conventional helicopters, as the more complex designs would fill a list all of their own. So, in order of age:


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  • Rotor club: Our top 10 most influential helicopters

    News | 21 Nov 2014 12:02 | Dominic Perry

    With the Bell Helicopter 505 Jet Ranger X making its maiden flight recently – and with the technologically advanced 525 Relentless waiting in the wings – we run down a (entirely subjective) list of the most influential helicopters of all time. And before anyone complains at the lack of a tiltrotor or compound rotorcraft, for reasons of simplicity we kept to conventional helicopters, as the more complex designs would fill a list all of their own. So, in order of age:http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Rotor-club-Our-top-10-most-influential-helicopters-405973/
  • PARIS AIR SHOW: 100 years of Paris air show highlights

    News | 05 Jun 2009 07:00 | Günter Endres

    100 years of Paris air show highlightshttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/PARIS-AIR-SHOW-100-years-of-Paris-air-show-highlights-327190/
  • Farnborough: Fifty-year journey to a new way to fly

    News | 25 Jul 2006 00:00

    <P>From concept to reality, it has taken a long time for the tiltrotor to earn its wings - more than 50 years will have elapsed between the first flight of an aircraft with tilting rotors and entry into service of the first operational tiltrotor.</P> <P>Transcendental Aircraft was first to try tilting rotors, its Model 1G making the first conversion between vertical and forward flight in December 1954. Weighing 800kg (1,750lb), the single-seat 1G was powered by a single piston engine driving two three-bladed rotors at the wingtips. The rotors took 3min to transition through 82°. </P> <P>Transcendental challenged Bell in a US Army/Air Force contest for an experimental tiltrotor. Bell won, and its XV-3 flew as a helicopter in August 1955, but crashed before a full conversion. After a change from three-blade fully articulated to two-blade semi-rigid rotors to improve rotor stability, the second single-engined XV-3 made a full conversion in late 1958. Tilting the rotors through 90° tookhttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Farnborough-Fifty-year-journey-to-a-new-way-to-fly-208059/
  • Uplifting ideas

    News | 20 Dec 2005 00:00

    The helicopter’s evolution has lagged behind that of fixed-wing aircraft. We look at concepts that fell by the wayside, but may yet come back GRAHAM WARWICK / WASHINGTON DChttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Uplifting-ideas-203706/
  • A marriage that lasted

    News | 25 May 2004 00:00

    <p>In true Japanese tradition, the partnership between MBB and Kawasaki came about with the help of a third-party "matchmaker" - Boeing-Vertol - which was working on the Kawasaki-Vertol 107 commercial variant of its CH-46 Sea Knight and marketing MBB's BO105 in the USA. When the US manufacturer decided it was not interested in developing a light twin, in 1977 the Japanese and German companies got together.</p> <p>The Europeans saw a market for the BK117 as a passenger and utility transport: Kawasaki wanted to be the first Japanese company to build and certificate an indigenous rotorcraft - market success was almost a secondary goal. "The prospective market in Japan was at the time quite small, but the public were already educated on the safety aspects of single-engine types: as a result there was a demand for a twin in corporate, offshore and utility markets," says Eurocopter programme manager Manfred Merk.</p> <p>The companies split the BK117 development costs, workshares and markethttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/A-marriage-that-lasted-182067/
  • Battle proven

    News | 19 Aug 2003 00:00

    <p>TIM RIPLEY/ ALI AL SALEM AB, KUWAIT </p> <p>The crucial role played by helicopters in the Iraq war is shaping the UK's procurement philosophy as the lessons of the conflict are absorbed</p> <p>The UK's experience in deploying 100 helicopters to the Middle East for the invasion of Iraq is providing the background for the British armed forces' next joint helicopter procurement. </p> <p>"The air assault on the al Faw peninsula was unique - I've never seen helicopters used so aggressively in a plan," says Wg Cdr David Prowse, officer commanding18 Sqn. He led the first wave of Boeing Chinook HC2s through sandstorms in the opening hours of the invasion to land Royal Marine commandos on a series of strategic oil facilities. Iraqi troops bombarded the landing zones with mortar fire and a US Marine Corps Boeing Vertol CH-46E Sea Knight participating in the operation crashed, with the loss of four crew and eight British soldiers. </p> <p>Prowse says 18 Sqn's aircraft and people came out uhttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Battle-proven-170284/