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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Overview

Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: Platt-LePage Aircraft Company

Primary manufacturer: Platt-LePage Aircraft Company

Parent type: Platt-LePage XR-1

Aircraft status: No longer flying

Configuration

Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Helicopter

Lift configuration: Tandem (Lateral) (x2)

Crew required: 2

Crew seating: Tandem

Landing gear: Wheels (non-retractable)

Layout and Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Overall Dimensions
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Airframe Dimensions
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Landing Gear Dimensions
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Cabin Dimensions
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Weights and Performance

Data on aircraft weight and flight characteristics

Weights
Max Gross Weight (ground): 2,177 kg 4,800 lb
Max Gross Weight (airborne):  
Max Take-off Weight: 2,177 kg 4,800 lb
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Climb Performance
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Hover Performance
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Limitations
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Range and Endurance
Max Range:  
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Engine Details

Aircraft powerplant (lift and/or propulsion)

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

Powerplant
Number of engines: 1
Designation: P&W R-985 reciprocating
Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
Normal Ratings
Max continuous:  
Take-off / rated: 336 kW 450 hp
Intermediate:  
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OEI Ratings
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Primary Lift Device

Data on primary lift devices such as main rotors

Main Rotor Characteristics
Diameter: 9.30 m 30.50 ft
RPM:  
Direction of Rotation: Counter-rotating
Hub Type:
Main Rotor Blade Characteristics
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Blade Tip Geometry:
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Number of Blades: 3
Main Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area: 67.88 m² 730.6 ft²
Disc Loading: 16.04 kg/m² 3.285 lb/ft²
Solidity:  
Main Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
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Primary Control Device

Data on primary control devices such as tail rotors

Tail Rotor Characteristics
Diameter:  
Configuration: Unknown
Direction of Rotation: Unknown
RPM:  
Tail Rotor Blade Characteristics
Number of Blades:  
Blade Construction: N/A
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Tail Rotor Derived Characteristics
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Solidity:  
Tail Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Tip Speed:  
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