Aircraft No. 2 (tail number 4148) was the modified configuration with 2-blade rotors. which were implemented following the crash of Ship #1 in late summer of 1956.

This aircraft was eventually completely restored by Bell employees and is now on display in the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton Ohio.

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

Cruise Speed: 175 mph (281.635 km/h)

Max Gross Weight (ground):  
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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 0015

Main Rotor Characteristics
Diameter: 7.32 m 24.00 ft
Direction of Rotation: Not applicable
Hub Type: Semi-rigid with underslung feathering axis
Main Rotor Blade Characteristics
Blade Construction:
Blade Chord: 0.279 m 0.92 ft
Blade Tip Geometry:
Blade Twist:  
Number of Blades: 2
Main Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area: 42.03 m² 452.4 ft²
Disc Loading:  
Solidity: 0.0486
Main Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Blade area per blade: 1.02 m² 11.0 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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