Aircraft No. 2 (tail number 4148) was the modified configuration with 2-blade rotors. which were implemented following the crash of XV-3 (Ship 1) in late summer of 1956. Other modifications from Ship 1 included reducing the rotor diameter to 23ft, addind stiffening to the wings thriugh struts under each wing and a stiffer control system.

This aircraft was eventually completely restored by Bell employees and is now on display in the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton Ohio.

For a description of the Type see the XV-3 Type page entry.


Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: Bell Aircraft Corporation

Primary manufacturer: Bell Aircraft Corporation

Parent type: Bell Model 200/XV-3

Aircraft status: No longer flying


Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Convertiplane

Compound type: N/A

Lift devices: 2 in Tilt shaft configuration

Crew required: 1 in Single seater arrangement

Landing gear: Skids (retractable)

Key Characteristics

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Aircraft Details

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References and sources used

The History of North American Small Gas Turbine Aircraft Engines
Richard A. Leyes II, William A. Fleming
1999 (page 120)

The History of the XV-15 Tilt Rotor Research Aircraft
Maisel M. D., Giulianetti, D. J., Dugan, D. C.
NASA SP-2000-4517, Monographs in Aerospace History # 17, The NASA Histories Series, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Office of Policy and Plans, NASA History Division, Washington D.C., 2000 (page 120)
Very comprehensive and detailed report including dimensions, powerplant and performance. Also covers the design and development history of earlier tilt rotor projects.

Wind Tunnel and Flight Testing the XV-3 Fixed-Wing VTOL
Hohn R. Mertens, Charles E. Davis
AHS Forum 14 Proceedings, April 16, 1958 (page 31)
Meeting paper or Presentation

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