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  • Rotor club: Our top 10 most influential helicopters


    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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  • IN FOCUS: Can the 50-year-old Chinook hit a century?


    This month brings the 50th anniversary of the Boeing CH-47 Chinook's service entry - and it is entirely possible that...


  • Helicopter pioneer Frank Piasecki remembered


    <P>Helicopter pioneer Frank Piasecki, who died on 11 February aged 88, built and flew the USA's second successful...


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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/
  • IN FOCUS: Can the 50-year-old Chinook hit a century?

    News | 07 Aug 2012 09:00 | Dave Majumdar

    This month brings the 50th anniversary of the Boeing CH-47 Chinook's service entry - and it is entirely possible that the venerable tandem-rotor helicopter...http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/IN-FOCUS-Can-the-50-year-old-Chinook-hit-a-century-375129/
  • 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/
  • Chinook: Five decades of development

    News | 01 Apr 2008 11:00 | Graham Warwick

    In the late 1950s, Vertol Aircraft began developing two tandem-rotor helicopters, the Model 107/YHC-1A and Model 114/YHC-1B. The smaller -1A...http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Chinook-Five-decades-of-development-222553/
  • Helicopter pioneer Frank Piasecki remembered

    News | 15 Feb 2008 16:25 | Graham Warwick

    <P>Helicopter pioneer Frank Piasecki, who died on 11 February aged 88, built and flew the USA's second successful helicopter, the PV-2, in 1943 and lived to see his dream of a high-speed compound helicopter rekindled in 2007 when <A href="http://www.piasecki.com/index.html" target=_blank>Piasecki&nbsp;Aircraft</A>&nbsp;began flying&nbsp;the X-49A SpeedHawk.</P> <P>"He was one of the original inventors of the helicopter and a pioneer in establishing the helicopter industry," his son, John Piasecki, told&nbsp;the <A href="http://www.philly.com/philly/wires/ap/news/state/pennsylvania/20080212_ap_piaseckiinventoroftwinrotorhelicopterdiesat88inpa.html" target=_blank>Philadelphia&nbsp;Inquirer</A>.&nbsp;"He was the last of that generation that really created an entirely new industry."</P> <P>Born in Philadelphia in 1919, the son of Polish immigrants, Piasecki in 1940 founded the P-V Engineering Forum and in April 1943 was at the controls of the PV-2 for its first flight. The <A href="hthttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Helicopter-pioneer-Frank-Piasecki-remembered-221587/
  • 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/