Vertipedia is a product of the Vertical Flight Society. With data on 852 aircraft, 602 historical milestones, 449 people, and 386 organizations, Vertipedia is your "one-stop shop" for all things vertical lift.

Our latest featured aircraft for February 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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First flight milestones

First flight milestones are recorded in Vertipedia because they provide a very tangible and unambiguous record of progress in VTOL aircraft design and development. Wherever possible, untethered flights are used as the common denominator as they represent a baseline that all aircraft have to achieve. Events such as 'roll-outs', for example, are not included because they are usually marketing driven events rather than a tangible measure of development progress or achievement.

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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