Designed by Chinese Major General, Chia-Jen Chu, the CJC-3 Banana was inspired by the Piasecki PV-3.  It is the first tandem helicopter created indigenously by China.


Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: RoCAF 3rd Aircraft Factory

Primary manufacturer: RoCAF 3rd Aircraft Factory

Parent type: No type defined

Aircraft status: No longer flying


Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Helicopter

Lift configuration: Tandem (Fore/aft) (x2)

Crew required: 2

Crew seating: Tandem

Landing gear: Wheels (non-retractable)

Layout and Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Overall Dimensions
Overall Height: 3.00 m 9.8 ft
Overall Length:  
Overall Width: 7.47 m 24.5 ft
Airframe Dimensions
Airframe Length: 10.00 m 32.8 ft
Airframe Width: 5.33 m 17.5 ft
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): 930 kg 2,050 lb
Max Gross Weight (airborne):  
Max Take-off Weight: 930 kg 2,050 lb
Empty Weight: 680 kg 1,500 lb
Useful Load: 250 kg 550 lb
Empty Weight Fraction: 0.732
Climb Performance
Max Rate of Climb: 8 m/s 1,529 fpm
Hover Performance
Hover Ceiling IGE:  
Hover Ceiling OGE:  
Max Level Flight Speed: 180 km/h 97 kts
Never Exceed Speed:  
Service Ceiling: 5,120 m 16,798 ft
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
Normal Ratings
Max continuous:  
Take-off / rated:  
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: 7.47 m 24.50 ft
Direction of Rotation: Counter-rotating
Hub Type:
Main Rotor Blade Characteristics
Blade Construction:
Blade Chord:  
Blade Tip Geometry:
Blade Twist:  
Number of Blades: 2
Main Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area: 43.80 m² 471.5 ft²
Disc Loading: 10.62 kg/m² 2.175 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: 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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