Vertipedia is a product of the Vertical Flight Society. With data on 865 aircraft, 620 historical milestones, 549 people, and 395 organizations, Vertipedia is your "one-stop shop" for all things vertical lift.
1990 - First flight of Kamov Ka-32A
Our latest featured aircraft for September is the Cierva W.11 Air Horse .
The aircraft was designed to provide viable heavy load lifting capability for commercial operations. It employed 3 main rotors all rotating in the same direction. Torque offset was provided by thrust components from the 3 rotors through built-in shaft tilt. The aircraft had a semi-monoquoque structure, a single engine, and a long-stroke undercarriage (5ft) to cope with high rates of descent. A description of the aircraft and its characteristics can be found in the following references,
Source: "The Cierva W-11 Air Horse", J. Gordon Leishman, VERTIFLITE Spring 2003, Page 52
Source: "Discussing the Helicopter", FLIGHT Staff, FLIGHT, December 2nd 1948, Pages 665-668
Vertipedia notes are brief descriptions of how and why Vertipedia works the way it does. Check back often for the latest note, or view the complete list.
Using the Feedback system
Vertipedia has an in-built system for providing feedback (simply select the Feedback menu option). This enables users to tell the Vertipedia team about any issue including data errors, problems using the database or suggestions for improvements. When you provide feedback the system tracks which page you are on. Your email address is requested so that we can give you a response to your query. We encourage you to use the system to help us make Vertipedia better.
Vertipedia makes it easy for you to find a range of information on vertical flight, including: