Vertipedia is a product of the Vertical Flight Society. With data on 854 aircraft, 608 historical milestones, 463 people, and 391 organizations, Vertipedia is your "one-stop shop" for all things vertical lift.

1908 - First VTOL flight in USA (John Newton Williams Machine)

1954 - First flight of an Agusta built helicopter (Agusta-Bell 47G)

1958 - First flight of the the world's first truly amphibious helicopter (Sikorsky S-62)

2014 - Pratt & Whitney Canada Plant becomes an AHS Vertical Flight Heritage site

2015 - First flight of Sikorsky S-97 Raider

2017 - First flight of the second prototype (PT-2) of the HAL LUH Type series

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


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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What aircraft can be added into Vertipedia?

Vertipedia has been built specifically to be a source of reference information. It is not a vehicle for promotional or marketing information. The Vertipedia team decided that limiting the data to aircraft that have actually flown would be an unambiguous way to limit the scope of the data included. There is also a minimum gross weight limit of 500lb. There are many important historical projects that never flew but there has to be some clear, defining rule about what to include or not.


Vertipedia makes it easy for you to find a range of information on vertical flight, including:

  • Targeted searches of documents provided by the Vertical Flight Society, as well as public sources from across the internet
  • Important milestones that have helped shape the history of vertical flight
  • People who have played a role in vertical flight
  • Vertical flight aircraft, such as helicopters, tilt rotors and tilt wings, jet-lift VTOL, and more.

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