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What is Vertipedia?
Vertipedia is a comprehensive online reference for vertical lift aircraft. Our goal is to provide high-quality information on aircraft design and configuration, key physical and performance characteristics, and rotors and powerplants to industry, academia and the public.

Vertipedia provides data on a wide and growing range of aircraft, from historical and experimental examples to up-to-the-minute machines in front-line service. Each aircraft provides an overview that contains basic information such as manufacturer, operational status, and number of engines. This information is available to all.

Much more complete, in-depth views, however, are available to AHS members. This includes dimensional and layout data, specific performance data, powerplant information, and data on lift and control devices such as main and tail rotors. If you are not currently a member of AHS, we provide valuable benefits well beyond Vertipedia - why not join us today?
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Vertipedia's search page provides a number of ways to locate individual aircraft, as well as manufacturer and operator information.

Finding information in Vertipedia: More specific searches can be made based on VTOL type (i.e. autogyro, helicopter, jet lift, and so on), by lift configuration (i.e. single main rotor, coaxial rotor, tilt wing), or even by operational status.

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Vertipedia currently contains data on 388 aircraft and 226 powerplants. 200 organizations are also represented, including manufacturers, operators and design authorities.

One day, Vertipedia will be the standard reference for all makes and models of vertical lift aircraft ever flown. But we need your help to get there. If you'd like to contribute, check out how you can get involved! We are looking for volunteers across the AHS membership to help Vertipedia grow, especially in areas like research and data entry.
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On March 30 in the history of vertical flight:

2016 - First manned flight of the e-volo VC200 Volocopter

Featured Aircraft
Our latest featured aircraft for March is the Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard .

A derivative of the world’s first truly amphibious helicopter, the Sikorsky HH-52A entered service with the US Coast Guard in 1962, and remained in service until 1989. The first turbine-powered helicopter operated by the USCG, the HH-52 could land and take off from the water. It had a boat-shaped hull and even carried an anchor.


Credited with saving over 15,000 lives, the HH-52A was small enough to be deployed from USCG cutters, but was designed to carry a crew of three and up to ten rescuees. It carried a record 12 rescuees, along with the crew, during the Burmah Agate maritime disaster in 1979.

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Share your expert opinions, or read the opinions of others, in our discussion forums. Here's some of the latest talk on Vertipedia's aircraft:
Dec 21, 2016: RE: XV-15
Post discussions with the Vertipedia team it has been agreed to restructure this entry to reflect only the XV-15 TRRA and remove the XV-3 as the parent Type. Th ...  [read more]
Sep 1, 2016: RE: Tip-jet propulsion systems and anti-torque devices
There are a number of different forms of anti-torque device. These include, - Fenestrons, or ducted/shrouded tail rotors - these usually include many more bl ...  [read more]
Aug 31, 2016: RE: Tip-jet propulsion systems and anti-torque devices
Thanks comodo15, that makes sense. Are there anti-torque devices other than tail rotors? ...  [read more]
Aug 25, 2016: RE: Tip-jet propulsion systems and anti-torque devices
A great question! To make the rotor rotate something has to overcome the drag forces on each blade, which require a compensating torque to applied to the rot ...  [read more]
Aug 24, 2016: RE: FIrst flight of the McDonnell XV-1 Convertaplane
The [url=http://www.vtol.org/qr/july-2013/]AHS Calendar entry for July 2013[/url] seems to fully support your response and the [url=http://vertipedia.vtol.org/m ...  [read more]
Aug 19, 2016: Re: McDonnell XV-1
“My research says the first lift off of ship #1 was Feb. 1954 [url=https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwi09 ...  [read more]
Aug 16, 2016: Tip-jet propulsion systems and anti-torque devices
I see you have some aircraft with main rotors driven by tip jets, such as the [url=http://vertipedia.vtol.org/aircraft.cfm?aircraftID=294]Hiller Hornet[/url], t ...  [read more]
Aug 11, 2016: RE: Twist definitions
"Twist on a wing is most usually defined as positive nose up from root to tip; this is called wash-in. Most wings in practice have negative twist from root to t ...  [read more]
Jul 19, 2016: Twist definitions
Vertipedia currently assumes (see Glossary) that 'wash-out' (local pitch angle reduces towards the tip) is entered as a positive number. This was chosen as the ...  [read more]
Jul 14, 2016: First flight of the McDonnell XV-1 Convertaplane
The [url=http://vertipedia.vtol.org/milestones.cfm?milestoneID=96]current milestone for first hover flight of this aircraft[/url], taken from the AHS calendar i ...  [read more]
What's new in Vertipedia?
Newest aircraft: Kaman HTK-1K
Recently updated:
Piasecki YH-16A
Piasecki YH-16
First fully remote controlled helicopter flown (Kaman HTK-1K)
Kaman HTK-1K
Aircraft: 388
Organizations: 200
Powerplants: 226
Milestones: 374

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