Flown for the first time in the Spring of 1958, the K-17 is the product of U.S. Army and Kaman cooperation.  The helicopter is a cold tip jet system; the engine sends compressed air to the tip-jet nozzles.  The main rotor is flap controlled and the ducted tail rotor is controlled by hydraulic power, allowing change in direction.

Source: Alex, Ralph P. "Helicopters from 'A to Z', Part III". American Helicopter Society Newsletter, Vol. 7, 1961. Page 5.

Overview

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Design authority: Kaman Aircraft Corporation

Primary manufacturer: Kaman Aircraft Corporation

Parent type: No type defined

Aircraft status: No longer flying

Configuration

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VTOL type: Helicopter

Lift devices: 1 Single main rotor

Dedicated control device: 1 Fenestron/Shrouded tail rotor

Crew required: 2 in Side-by-side arrangement

Landing gear: Skids

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