This aircraft was the production version of the H-2 model and the last in the development sequence of ram-jet powered rotorcraft beginning with the NHI H-1. All the aircraft in this family were built upon patents held by Jan Meijer Drees. The aircraft was certified (in the Netherlands) in March 1958.

 

The aircraft had a 1-bladed tail rotor to provide directional stability (no anti-torque capability was needed as the rotor was directly driven by the ram-jets at the tip of the blades).

 

Note: In some references the aircraft is named as 'Kolibri'. The name 'Kolibrie' is assumed to be correct as this is the name shown on the aircraft in various images.

Overview

Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: Nederlandse Helicopter Industrie N.V.

Primary manufacturer: Nederlandse Helicopter Industrie N.V.

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: Side-by-side

Landing gear: Skids

Overall Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Engine Details

Aircraft powerplant (lift and/or propulsion)

Total number of engines: 2

Weights and Performance

Data on aircraft weight and flight characteristics

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