Vertipedia is a product of the Vertical Flight Society. With data on 848 aircraft, 584 historical milestones, 374 people, and 382 organizations, Vertipedia is your "one-stop shop" for all things vertical lift.

1928 - First flight of a gyroplane in the United States (Cierva C.8W)

2018 - Bell Helicopter Fort Worth Plant is recognized as a VFS Vertical Flight Heritage site

Our latest featured aircraft for December is the Guimbal Cabri G2 .


The Cabri G2 is a two seat helicopter designed for both the training role and personal use. The over-arching design was by Bruno Guimbal, a former Eurocopter engineer who created the company.

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Countries for Biographies

Biographies have two fields, the country of birth and the country of primary activity (as people move during their career). The reason for includng both fields is to avoid the confusions that could occur if a single field 'Country' was included. The country of birth is a fact. The country of primary activity requires subjective assessment. The Vertipedia team has made an assessment for the country of primary activity but we welcome feedback if there is any disagreement.

Vertipedia makes it easy for you to find a range of information on vertical flight, including:

  • Targeted searches of documents provided by the Vertical Flight Society, as well as public sources from across the internet
  • Important milestones that have helped shape the history of vertical flight
  • People who have played a role in vertical flight
  • Vertical flight aircraft, such as helicopters, tilt rotors and tilt wings, jet-lift VTOL, and more.

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