Aircraft No. 1 (tail number 4147) was the early configuration with 3-blade rotors. First flight was conducted by Chief Pilot Floyd Carlson at the Fort Worth plant

For a description of the Type see the XV-3 Type page entry.


Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: Bell Aircraft Corporation

Primary manufacturer: Bell Aircraft Corporation

Parent type: Bell Model 200/XV-3

Aircraft status: No longer flying


Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Convertiplane

Compound type: N/A

Lift configuration: Tilt shaft (x2)

Crew required: 1

Crew seating: Tandem

Landing gear: Skids (retractable)

Layout and Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Airframe Length excludes the Instrument boom; Overall Height is in VTOL mode.

Overall Dimensions
Overall Height: 4.04 m 13.3 ft
Overall Length:  
Overall Width: 15.24 m 50.0 ft
Airframe Dimensions
Airframe Length: 9.25 m 30.3 ft
Airframe Width: 9.14 m 30.0 ft
Airframe Height: 3.96 m 13.0 ft
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):  
Max Gross Weight (airborne):  
Max Take-off Weight:  
Empty Weight:  
Useful Load:  
Empty Weight Fraction:  
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: P&W R-985-AN-1 reciprocating
Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
Normal Ratings
Max continuous:  
Take-off / rated: 336 kW 450 hp
OEI Ratings
OEI contingency:  
OEI continuous:  
OEI 30-second:  
OEI intermediate:  

Primary Lift Device

Data on primary lift devices such as main rotors

Blade airfoil section - NACA 23015

Main Rotor Characteristics
Diameter: 7.01 m 23.00 ft
Direction of Rotation: Not applicable
Hub Type: Fully articulated
Main Rotor Blade Characteristics
Blade Construction:
Blade Chord: 0.160 m 0.52 ft
Blade Tip Geometry:
Blade Twist:  
Number of Blades: 3
Main Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area: 38.60 m² 415.5 ft²
Disc Loading:  
Solidity: 0.0435
Main Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Blade area per blade: 0.56 m² 6.0 ft²
Tip Speed:  

Primary Control Device

Data on primary control devices such as tail rotors

Tail Rotor Characteristics
Configuration: Unknown
Direction of Rotation: Unknown
Tail Rotor Blade Characteristics
Number of Blades:  
Blade Construction: N/A
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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