Sunday, December 13, 2009

All I want for Xmas is a Hiller VZ-1 Pawnee...

The Hiller VZ-1 Pawnee was a unique direct lift rotor aircraft, using a counter-rotating ducted fan inside a platform that the single pilot stood upon for lift, and controlled by the pilot shifting his body weight around to tilt the platform. The platform was developed starting in 1953 under an Office of Naval Research R&D contract to Hiller Aircraft Corporation, and flew successfully starting in 1955.

General characteristics:

Crew: one
Length: 8 ft 4 in (diameter) (2.5 m)
Height: 7 ft (2.1 m)
Empty weight: 370 lb (167.8 kg)
Powerplant: 6× 2 x Nelson H-56 piston engines, 40 hp (30 kW) each
Maximum speed: 16 mph (26 km/h)
Service ceiling: 32.8 ft (10 m)
Armament - standard combat weapons for a US soldier

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