• Short Summary

    The world's largest helicopter - the British Fairey 'Rotodyne' - designed to carry 48 passengers (or three cars) made a successful maiden flight yesterday (November 6) at White Waltham, Berkshire.

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    The world's largest helicopter - the British Fairey 'Rotodyne' - designed to carry 48 passengers (or three cars) made a successful maiden flight yesterday (November 6) at White Waltham, Berkshire.

    A kind of cross-breed between the conventional airliner with fixed wings and the helicopter, the Rotodyne is powered by two Hapier land engines which feed compressed air to the rotor tips for vertical take off and drive two propellors for forward flight.

    The Rotodyne offers many of the advantages of fixed-wing aircraft, including speed and economical pay-load, as well as the helicopters characteristic advantages of landing in confined spaces.

    Fully loaded with 48 passengers or 4 1/2 tons of freight, it has a range of about 400 miles at a cruising speed of 185 miles per hour.

    The heli-liner is designed to run at a cont of about 2 1/2d per mile per seat. A product of ten years research and experiment, the Rotodyne has aroused the interest of foreign buyers - particularly the United States.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA683GMX0XHV60M85ZVGON8P6KR
    Media URN:
    VLVA683GMX0XHV60M85ZVGON8P6KR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1957
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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