Vertol VZ-2

Vertol VZ-2

was a research aircraft built in the United States in 1957 to investigate the tiltwing approach to vertical take-off and landing. The aircraft had a fuselage of tubular framework and accommodation for its pilot in a helicopter-like bubble canopy.

Role : Tiltwing research aircraft
Manufacturer : Vertol (later Boeing Vertol)
First flight : 13 August 1957
Retired : 1965
Status : Preserved
Primary user : NASA
Number built : 1

Vertol VZ-2 Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Capacity: 1 passenger/observer
  • Length: 26 ft 5 in (8.05 m)
  • Wingspan: 24 ft 11 in (7.59 m)
  • Diameter: 9 ft 6 in (2.90 m)
  • Height: 15 ft 0 in (4.57 m)
  • Empty weight: 3,700 lb (1,678 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Avco Lycoming YT53-L-1 turboshaft, 700 hp (522 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 210 mph (340 km/h)
  • Range: 130 miles (210 km)
  • Service ceiling: 13,800 ft (4,200 m)
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