A handy traffic jam 'avoider' has been publicly demonstrated at Zestienhoven airport, near Rotterdam, by the American Airforce.
L.V. Car arriving at airport.
S.Back V. Men unloading helicopter from car.
Side V. Taking out helicopter from car.
L.V. Wheeling equipment away on 'drome
S.V. People watching.
L.V. Men assembling helicopter.
L.V. Men fixing blades.
C.U. Dick Peck putting on helmet.
S.V. Pilot seated ready to take off.
L.V. Pilot takes off and hovers.
L.V. Helicopter going away.
S.V. Crowd watching.
S.V. Helicopter past- and into air towards plane.
S.V. People watching.
Angle Shot. Helicopter towards.
L.V. Helicopter and crowd.
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Background: A handy traffic jam 'avoider' has been publicly demonstrated at Zestienhoven airport, near Rotterdam, by the American Airforce. It can be stored on top of your car until needed. When you hit a traffic hold-up lift it down, pull out the propellers and up you go.
The pilot putting the machine through its paces, Dick Peck, took four minutes to assemble, start and get the baby helicopter into the sky. The most astonishing characteristic of this machine, apart from its smallness, is its flexible manoeuvrability. Dick flung his 'baby' from left to right, banked it steeply and shot up and down like a rocket.
The weight of this Rotorcycle is 270 lbs and takes a maximum load of 256 lbs. It cruises at about 50 mph with a patrol consumption of 10 miles to the gallon. It was in 1954 that Hiller Helicopter Company was selected by the US Navy aeronautics department to build a one man helicopter for the Marines. The result of Hiller's work was airborne in July 1957 for the first time.
They possible uses of the Rotorcycle are many and varied. They range from light supplies dropping to overhead wire laying. It is practical to parachute the Rotorcycle from a larger plane to ground forces and there is equipment for landing on water with it.
The main operation of the machine is incorporated in a special Hiller Rotomatic Control System, which improves stability and eliminates the serve actions of cyclic control forces.
To date there is no indication of its being produced for a commercial and general market, but when it is the sky will the jumped pack, and it will be safer and quicker by road.