The Fairchild M-224-1 Fledgling was powered by a 1,024 shp General Electric YT58-GE-2 turboshaft engine turning four three-bladed Harzell metal propellers. The open cockpit had room for the pilot as well as a jump seat. The aircraft could either sit on its forward tricycle landing gear or rest on its two main wheels and a tail skid, providing the Fledgling with 30° of inherent rotation to enhance the "bucket's" effectiveness. Small rotors at the top of the T-tail controlled pitch during hover.

Tethered tests were made in late 1959, but it never flew.

Source: AHS V/STOL Wheel

Overview

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Parent type: No type defined

Aircraft status: No longer flying

Configuration

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VTOL type: Other Powered Lift

Compound type: N/A

Lift devices: 4 in Deflected slipstream configuration

Dedicated control device: 2 Other

Crew required: 1 in Tandem arrangement

Landing gear: Wheels (all retractable)

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