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1951 - First flight of a gas turbine powered helicopter (Sud-Ouest SO.1120 Ariel III)

Our latest featured aircraft for April is the Sikorsky S-60 Crane .

Developed in 1959, derived from the S-56.  As a flying crane, the supported payload is 12800 lb (5806 kg).

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