Vertipedia is a product of the Vertical Flight Society. With data on 854 aircraft, 608 historical milestones, 464 people, and 391 organizations, Vertipedia is your "one-stop shop" for all things vertical lift.

1982 - First flight of the prototype (V-80) of the Kamov Ka-50 Type series

2005 - CarterCopter CCTD becomes first rotorcraft to exceed μ=1

2016 - Piasecki/Vertol/Boeing “Morton” site recognized as an AHS Vertical Flight Heritage site

Our latest featured aircraft for June is the Bell AH-1W SuperCobra .

Attribution

Sometimes known as the ‘Whiskey Cobra', the aircraft was designed as an attack helicopter to be operated by two crew. The first production aircraft was delivered in March 1986, 32 months after the award of the development contract.

The aircraft could carry the following armaments,

  • 2.75 and 5 inch rockets
  • TW, Hellifire, Sidewinder and Sidearm missiles
  • Parachute flares
  • Turreted 20mm, chin mounted gun (General Electric M-197 Vulcan cannon)

 The aircraft aircraft was capable of the following roles,

  • Escort to transport helicopters
  • Close-in/Landing Zone fire support
  • Forward air controller
  • Anti-armor

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Engines and power ratings

Vertipedia enables the rating structure for an engine to be defined. The rated power for an engine is assumed to equal the maximum power, under non-emergency conditions - normally the Take-off power. All engine powers are uninstalled at SL ISA conditions. Many engines are de-rated or limited for specific aircraft installations. Where this is known, the engine is described using the name template '[Engine designation] (as used on [Aircraft ABC])'. Gearbox torque limits are not currently available.

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