Developed in 1953, the strap on helicopter uses kerosene as fuel.  A container of compressed air was used to start the pulse-jet engines [Ref 316].


Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: Schmidt (Long Island Helicopter Engineering Company)

Primary manufacturer: Schmidt (Long Island Helicopter Engineering Company)

Parent type: No type defined

Aircraft status: No longer flying


Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Helicopter

Lift configuration: Single main rotor

Crew required: 1

Crew seating: Single seater

Landing gear: Wheels (non-retractable)

Layout and Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Overall Dimensions
Overall Height: 2.62 m 8.6 ft
Overall Length: 5.31 m 17.4 ft
Overall Width: 5.31 m 17.4 ft
Airframe Dimensions
Airframe Length:  
Airframe Width:  
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

Estimated Cruise Speed: 110 mph (177.028 km/h)

Max Gross Weight (ground): 352 kg 775 lb
Max Gross Weight (airborne):  
Max Take-off Weight: 352 kg 775 lb
Empty Weight: 120 kg 265 lb
Useful Load: 231 kg 510 lb
Empty Weight Fraction: 0.342
Climb Performance
Max Rate of Climb:  
Hover Performance
Hover Ceiling IGE:  
Hover Ceiling OGE:  
Max Level Flight Speed:  
Never Exceed Speed:  
Service Ceiling: 3,749 m 12,300 ft
Range and Endurance
Max Range:  
Max Endurance: 1 hrs 1 hrs

Engine Details

Aircraft powerplant (lift and/or propulsion)

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

Number of engines: 2
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: 5.31 m 17.42 ft
Direction of Rotation: Clockwise
Hub Type:
Main Rotor Blade Characteristics
Blade Construction:
Blade Chord:  
Blade Tip Geometry: Tip-jet
Blade Twist:  
Number of Blades: 2
Main Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area: 22.13 m² 238.3 ft²
Disc Loading: 15.88 kg/m² 3.253 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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