Helicopter History by The Vertical Flight Society

Helicopter History by The Vertical Flight Society

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To document and preserve the history of the theoretical and practical discoveries that led to the achievement of vertical flight.

This is a page of the Vertical Flight Society (@VTOLSociety). The VFS History Committee is part of the world’s oldest and largest technical society dedicated to enhancing the understanding of vertical flight technology. Find out more about the Vertical Flight Society at www.vtol.org!

05/23/2024

"Aviation was neither an industry nor a science - it was a miracle." - Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky

(Photo credit Sikorsky Historical Archives)

04/07/2024

Today in :

First flight of the Sud-Aviation SA.340 — Friday, April 7, 1967.

This was the prototype of the aircraft that would become the SA.341 (or Gazelle with some operators). This aircraft flew with an Alouette type tail rotor although this changed on later prototypes. The second prototype (F-ZWRA) became the first aircraft to fly with a fenestron type tail rotor.

https://vertipedia.vtol.org/milestones/getMilestone/milestoneID/274

04/02/2024

The Vertical Flight Society is pleased to announce its 2024 Vertical Flight Foundation scholarship recipients. Scholarships totaling $120,000 are being awarded this year to 29 of the world’s most talented engineering students interested in vertical flight.

“Since 1977, our Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarships have helped inspire generations of students to pursue careers in vertical flight, with many now holding leadership positions in industry, academia and government, with nearly 700 scholarships awarded to date,” said VFS Executive Director Angelo Collins. “This year, VFS is able to award a record number of scholarships, and a record total amount — $120,000 — a 20% increase over the past five years.”

This year’s winners will be recognized during the Society’s 80th Annual Forum and Technology Display in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

(Photo is of 2022 winners.)

https://vtol.org/news/press-release-vfs-announces-2024-vertical-flight-foundation-scholarship-recipients

04/02/2024

The NASA Ingenuity Mars Helicopter is the featured aircraft for the month of April in the Vertical Flight Society's 2024 VTOL History Calendar!

Check it out here! https://vtol.org/qr/april-2024

03/27/2024

The Boeing MH-47G Chinook is the featured aircraft for the month of March in the Vertical Flight Society's 2024 VTOL History Calendar!

Check it out here! https://vtol.org/qr/march-2024

03/27/2024

Today in :

First flight of the first fully fly-by-wire (FBW) helicopter (Boeing-Vertol Model 347) — Wednesday, March 27, 1974.

The aircraft’s “Direct-Electrical-Linkage System (DELS)” replaced the conventional hydraulically-boosted mechanical controls.

https://vertipedia.vtol.org/milestones/getMilestone/milestoneID/592

Vertical Rewind: The helicopter industry's youngest trailblazer 03/25/2024

"Vertical Rewind: The helicopter industry’s youngest trailblazer," Vertical, March 22:

"Joe Fabick was only in the helicopter industry a short time, but he left an outsized mark. For a few years in the 1940s, he was also believed to be the youngest helicopter pilot in the world."

Vertical Rewind: The helicopter industry's youngest trailblazer Joe Fabick was only in the helicopter industry a short time, but he left an outsized mark. For a few years in the 1940s, he was also believed to be the youngest helicopter pilot in the world.

03/21/2024

Today in :

First flight of the Westland WG.13 Lynx helicopter — Sunday, March 21, 1971.

The first flight of the prototype (00-01, registration XW835) took place at the Westland facility in Yeovil, UK.

Check out this painting and description from the Vertical Flight Society's 2023 History Calendar!

https://vtol.org/qr/march-2023

Vertipedia - Award of contract to convert a fixed wing autogiro to direct control 03/12/2024

Today in :

Award of contract to convert a fixed wing autogiro to direct control — Tuesday, March 12, 1935.

A fundamental step to enabling pitch and roll control from the rotor alone for rotor-borne aircraft.

Vertipedia - Award of contract to convert a fixed wing autogiro to direct control Vertipedia is a comprehensive source of information on vertical flight. Vertipedia provides high-quality information on current and historical aircraft, as well as notable milestones in the history of vertical flight and biographical information on the people who made them happen.

03/07/2024

Today in :

First flight of the P-V Engineering Forum XHRP-X (first prototype of the Piasecki HRP-1 Type series) — Wednesday, March 7, 1945.

This was the first flight of the experimental prototype of Frank Piasecki's concept for a U.S. Navy rescue helicopter.

https://vertipedia.vtol.org/milestones/getMilestone/milestoneID/609

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