The first configuration of the Mini-Copter had no landing gear. The fuel tanks, as well as the control system for the rotor, were arranged in a sort of "harness" that was strapped directly to the pilot. It was powered exclusively by hydrogen peroxide tip jets.

Also powered exclusively by hydrogen peroxide tip jets, the second version added a skeletal framework to hold fuel tanks and control systems. It also provided a seat for the pilot.

The third version added a 67kW McCulloch flat-four engine. This version took off as a helicopter using its two tip jets. At 48kph forward speed, however, the tip jets shut down and the aircraft flies as an autogyro powered by the McCulloch engine.

Overview

Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: Aerospace General Corporation

Primary manufacturer: Aerospace General Corporation

Parent type: No type defined

Aircraft status: No longer flying

Configuration

Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Helicopter

Lift configuration: Single main rotor

Dedicated control device: Tail rotor

Crew required: 1

Crew seating: Single seater

Landing gear: Skids

Layout and Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Overall Dimensions
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Landing Gear Dimensions
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Weights and Performance

Data on aircraft weight and flight characteristics

Weights
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Limitations
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Range and Endurance
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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: 2
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Primary Lift Device

Data on primary lift devices such as main rotors

Main Rotor Characteristics
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Direction of Rotation: Unknown
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Main Rotor Blade 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
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Tail Rotor Blade Characteristics
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Blade Construction: N/A
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