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What is Vertipedia?
Vertipedia is a comprehensive online reference for vertical lift aircraft. Our goal is to provide high-quality information on aircraft design and configuration, key physical and performance characteristics, and rotors and powerplants to industry, academia and the public.

Vertipedia provides data on a wide and growing range of aircraft, from historical and experimental examples to up-to-the-minute machines in front-line service. Each aircraft provides an overview that contains basic information such as manufacturer, operational status, and number of engines. This information is available to all.

Much more complete, in-depth views, however, are available to AHS members. This includes dimensional and layout data, specific performance data, powerplant information, and data on lift and control devices such as main and tail rotors. If you are not currently a member of AHS, we provide valuable benefits well beyond Vertipedia - why not join us today?
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Vertipedia's search page provides a number of ways to locate individual aircraft, as well as manufacturer and operator information.

Finding information in Vertipedia: More specific searches can be made based on VTOL type (i.e. autogyro, helicopter, jet lift, and so on), by lift configuration (i.e. single main rotor, coaxial rotor, tilt wing), or even by operational status.

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Help Vertipedia grow!
Vertipedia currently contains data on 274 aircraft and 188 powerplants. 154 organizations are also represented, including manufacturers, operators and design authorities.

One day, Vertipedia will be the standard reference for all makes and models of vertical lift aircraft ever flown. But we need your help to get there. If you'd like to contribute, check out how you can get involved! We are looking for volunteers across the AHS membership to help Vertipedia grow, especially in areas like research and data entry.
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Aircraft of the Month
The Aircraft of the Month for December is the Boeing AH-64A Apache gunship. Originally designated the Hughes Model 77, the AH-64 was developed beginning in the 1970s by Hughes Helicopters as a replacement for the Bell AH-1 Cobra. The prototype YAH-64 first flew in 1975.

The primary mission for the Apache was as a tank killer to deter the Soviet threat to Europe at that time. The first production Apache was delivered to the U.S. Army in January 1984 and first saw combat in 1989 during Operation Just Cause in Panama. Armaments included the Hellfire anti-tank missile, Hydra 70mm unguided rocket and a 30mm chain gun mounted under the nose.

The AH-64A is still in service, but has been largely replaced by the AH-64D Longbow Apache which entered service in 1997. Its missions have expanded to also include armed reconnaissance, armed escort, and close combat support.
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Share your expert opinions, or read the opinions of others, in our discussion forums. Here's some of the latest talk on Vertipedia's aircraft:
Oct 27, 2015: CH-53K first flight
Updated this aircraft to reflect the first flight. Congratulations to the Sikorsky team on a significant milestone! ...  [read more]
Oct 14, 2015: Mil-1
Mil-1 has been added. Need to determine whether a separate entry is required to cover early protoypes. ...  [read more]
Sep 28, 2015: Breguet-Richet Gyroplane No. 1
Some data now added for this aircraft, which is interesting as it was the first VTOL aircraft to fly. Would like some better images if possible. ...  [read more]
Sep 8, 2015: RE: Hughes Helicopters Hot and Mixed Cycle Cranes
The [url=]Hughes XH-17[/url] has now been added to Vertipedia. It is not complete (layout, tail rotor and ...  [read more]
Sep 8, 2015: RE: Hughes Helicopters Hot and Mixed Cycle Cranes
The [url=]XH-17[/url] and [url=]XV-9/9A[/url]? [i]* Last updated by: comodo15 ...  [read more]
Sep 8, 2015: Hughes Helicopters Hot and Mixed Cycle Cranes
Hughes Helicopers designed and flew two large helicopters in the 1980s. Add these two interesting machines to Vertipedia ...  [read more]
Sep 6, 2015: Wright R-1820-103 engine
This engine has been added to Vertipedia. It powered both the Piascecki YH-21 and H-21B. The engine has different rated power levels for each application so 2 v ...  [read more]
Sep 5, 2015: RE: Piasecki H-21B Work Horse
Dimensions and rotor information added with references. Please note that there are a number of differences both in terms of dimensions and main rotor blade betw ...  [read more]
Sep 4, 2015: Hiller XHOE-1 Hornet
New aircraft added. It creates a problem for Vertipedia as a new powerplant type ?Ramjet? has to be added to the database. Very interesting aircraft. As it di ...  [read more]
Sep 3, 2015: RE: A129 Mangusta incorrect image?
We've re-named our initial entry to A129. You are correct; we were unable to find any official designation for "A129A." Thanks for the help! ...  [read more]
What's new in Vertipedia?
Newest aircraft: Pescara Helicopter 1S
Recently updated:
Pescara Helicopter 1S
Raoul Pateras Pescara de Castellicio
Russian Helicopters Mi-171A2
Motor Sich VK-2500PS-03
Aircraft in Vertipedia: 274
Organizations: 154
Powerplants: 188

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Dec 1, 2015: Ready for take off - World Air Sports Federation



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