Vertipedia is a product of the Vertical Flight Society. With data on 837 aircraft, 576 historical milestones, 369 people, and 380 organizations, Vertipedia is your "one-stop shop" for all things vertical lift.

1965 - First flight of the Piasecki 16H-1A Pathfinder II

2008 - First flight of the Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone

Our latest featured aircraft for November 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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Aircraft Types, Variants and Families
The aircraft module in Vertipedia assumes a Type/Variant/Version structure for aircraft from the same family. In many large programs the manufacturer uses this type of structure to develop a range of different versions for different customers (possibly using different terms). A specific aircraft can only be assigned to one Type and Variant. Aircraft do not have to be assigned to a Type or Variant.

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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