The aircraft was the first designed by rotorcraft pioneer, Frank Piasecki.

A video of the aircraft can be seen in this link.

The aircraft can be seen in the Udvar Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, VA. The landing gear has a tail skid instead of a wheel. An excellent set of images, and a description of the aircraft, is available from the Smithsonian web site.


Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: P-V Engineering Forum

Primary manufacturer: P-V Engineering Forum

Parent type: No type defined

Aircraft status: No longer flying


Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Helicopter

Lift configuration: Single main rotor

Dedicated control device: Tail rotor

Crew required: 1

Crew seating: Single seater

Landing gear: Wheels (non-retractable)

Layout and Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Overall Dimensions
Overall Height: 2.36 m 7.7 ft
Overall Length:  
Overall Width: 7.67 m 25.2 ft
Airframe Dimensions
Airframe Length:  
Airframe Width:  
Airframe Height:  
Landing Gear Dimensions
Landing Gear Base:  
Landing Gear Track:  
Cabin Dimensions
Cabin Internal Height:  
Cabin Internal Length:  
Cabin Internal Width:  

Weights and Performance

Data on aircraft weight and flight characteristics

Max Gross Weight (ground): 454 kg 1,000 lb
Max Gross Weight (airborne):  
Max Take-off Weight: 454 kg 1,000 lb
Empty Weight: 327 kg 720 lb
Useful Load: 127 kg 280 lb
Empty Weight Fraction: 0.720
Climb Performance
Max Rate of Climb:  
Hover Performance
Hover Ceiling IGE:  
Hover Ceiling OGE:  
Max Level Flight Speed:  
Never Exceed Speed:  
Service Ceiling:  
Range and Endurance
Max Range:  
Max Endurance:  

Engine Details

Aircraft powerplant (lift and/or propulsion)

Provided powerplant data is for uninstalled, sea level, static operations.

Number of engines: 1
Designation: Franklin 90hp reciprocating
Manufacturer: Franklin Engine Company
Normal Ratings
Max continuous:  
Take-off / rated: 67 kW 90 hp
OEI Ratings
OEI contingency:  
OEI continuous:  
OEI 30-second:  
OEI intermediate:  

Primary Lift Device

Data on primary lift devices such as main rotors

Main Rotor Characteristics
Diameter: 7.67 m 25.16 ft
Direction of Rotation: Clockwise
Hub Type: Articulated
Main Rotor Blade Characteristics
Blade Construction: Steel tube spar with wooden formers with plywood and fabric covering
Blade Chord:  
Blade Tip Geometry:
Blade Twist:  
Number of Blades: 3
Main Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area: 46.20 m² 497.4 ft²
Disc Loading: 9.82 kg/m² 2.011 lb/ft²
Main Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Blade area per blade:  
Tip Speed:  

Primary Control Device

Data on primary control devices such as tail rotors

Tail Rotor Characteristics
Configuration: Pusher
Direction of Rotation: Top blade aft
Tail Rotor Blade Characteristics
Number of Blades: 2
Blade Construction:
Blade Chord:  
Blade Twist:  
Tail Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area:  
Tail Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Tip Speed:  
Blade Area (per blade):  

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