NHI H-3 Kolibrie

 

This aircraft was the production version of the H-2 model and the last in the development sequence of ram-jet powered rotorcraft beginning with the NHI H-1. All the aircraft in this family were built upon patents held by Jan Meijer Drees. The aircraft was certified (in the Netherlands) in March 1958.

 

The aircraft had a 1-bladed tail rotor to provide directional stability (no anti-torque capability was needed as the rotor was directly driven by the ram-jets at the tip of the blades).

 

Note: In some references the aircraft is named as 'Kolibri'. The name 'Kolibrie' is assumed to be correct as this is the name shown on the aircraft in various images.

 

 

Attribution
Overview
Parent type *No Type assigned
Variant *No Variant assigned
Design authority Nederlandse Helicopter Industrie N.V.
Primary manufacturer Nederlandse Helicopter Industrie N.V.
Key Characteristics
Operational status No longer flying
Crew 1
Seating arrangement Side-by-side
Configuration
VTOL type Helicopter
Compound type None
Lift configuration Single main rotor
Control device type Tail rotor
Features
Number of engines 2
Number of propulsors 0
Number of lift devices 1
Number of control devices 1
Milestones associated with the NHI H-3 Kolibrie
1955 First flight of the NHI H-3 Kolibri

NHI H-3 Kolibrie

 

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NHI H-3 Kolibrie

 

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Vertiflite, August 1969

USAF HH-3E Flies Record-Breaking Rescue

 

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Sonar Equipped SH-3Ds Scheduled for Rio de Janeiro

 

Vertiflite, February 1969

HH-3Fs Delivered to USCG

 

Vertiflite, January/February 1988

Naval H-2 and H-3 Programs -

 

Vertiflite, May 1968

U.S. Navy SH-3D ASW Helicopter Enters Fleet

 

Vertiflite, May 1969

HH-3Fs Become Operational for Search and Rescue at USCG Air Station

 

Vertiflite, November/December 1983

The SH-3 Sea King: Modifications For The Year 2000 -

 

Vertiflite, November/December 1985

H-2/H-3: Meeting the Navy's Challenge -

 

Vertiflite, Spring 2006

CSAR Evolution - Air Force H-3s -

 

Vertiflite, Winter 2007

A Farewell to Kings: The Navy H-3 Flies into the Sunset -

 

 

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NHI H-3 Kolibrie

 

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NHI H-3 Kolibrie

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