Ship 1A in National Air and Space Museum (Udvar-Hazy Center). A good description of the aircraft can be found inĀ Helicopters, C. B. F. Macauley, FLIGHT, January 11 1945, Page 38.

Overview

Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: Bell Aircraft Corporation

Primary manufacturer: Bell Aircraft 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

Overall Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Overall Width: 10.06 m (33.0 ft)

Engine Details

Aircraft powerplant (lift and/or propulsion)

Total number of engines: 1

Engine designation: Franklin O-298 reciprocating

Engine manufacturer: Franklin Engine Company

Take-off / rated power: 165 kW (221 hp)

Weights and Performance

Data on aircraft weight and flight characteristics

Max Gross Weight (ground): 737 kg (1625 lb)

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