Developed in 1943, the XR-1A was contracted by the U.S. Army as the second prototype and improved version of its predecessor, the XR-1 (see image), in that the cockpit was equipped with more transparent paneling; futhermore, the observer is seated in front of the pilot, giving him high visibility. Technical data remained constant [Ref 316].
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Design authority: Platt-LePage Aircraft Company
Primary manufacturer: Platt-LePage Aircraft Company
Parent type: Platt-LePage XR-1
Aircraft status: No longer flying
VTOL type: Helicopter
Lift devices: 2 in Tandem (Lateral) configuration
Crew required: 2 in Tandem arrangement
Landing gear: Wheels (non-retractable)