Vertipedia is a product of the Vertical Flight Society. With data on 861 aircraft, 613 historical milestones, 474 people, and 393 organizations, Vertipedia is your "one-stop shop" for all things vertical lift.
Our latest featured aircraft for September is the Cierva W.11 Air Horse .
The aircraft was designed to provide viable heavy load lifting capability for commercial operations. It employed 3 main rotors all rotating in the same direction. Torque offset was provided by thrust components from the 3 rotors through built-in shaft tilt. The aircraft had a semi-monoquoque structure, a single engine, and a long-stroke undercarriage (5ft) to cope with high rates of descent. A description of the aircraft and its characteristics can be found in the following references,
Source: "The Cierva W-11 Air Horse", J. Gordon Leishman, VERTIFLITE Spring 2003, Page 52
Source: "Discussing the Helicopter", FLIGHT Staff, FLIGHT, December 2nd 1948, Pages 665-668
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Milestone title format
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Description of event (related aircraft designation)
e.g. First helicopter shipboard take-off and landing (Flettner Fl 265 V4)
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