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Bell Model 30 helicopter

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Picture 30
General
Manufacturer Bell
Type Model 30
Introduced 7/1/1943
In production? No
Units produced 3
Price US $ 0.00
Dimensions
Overall Length 0 ft
Length 27 ft
Height 8.5 ft
Width 0 ft
   
   
Description This model has played a significant role in helicopter history. It was developed by the gifted Arthur M. Young and served as a test-bed for the first ever commercial helicopter: the famous Bell 47.

In 1941, Young approached the Bell Aircraft Corporation and started working on the development of the Model 30 prototype. He and his team were allowed to operate away from the company’s normal business activities, so that they would not get distracted by the mostly World War II based work.

The Model 30 was already equipped with the teetering rotorhead with a stabilizer bar that is a well-known feature of Bell Helicopters and was used in subsequent models for years. There were three prototypes built. The first two had a covered fuselage and tail boom, but an open cockpit, while the third machine had an open tubular tail boom and proved to be very good to fly, with the main drawback being the open cockpit. Young suggested solving this with a plexiglass bubble canopy, meaning that all of the ingredients for the legendary Bell 47 were in place.

The Model 30 project was the first helicopter development program within the Bell Aircraft Corporation, and looking back it is safe to say that it was the beginning of the enormous and significant company we know today.
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Design features
  • Wooden rotor blades
  • Tricycle landing gear
  • Teetering rotorhead with stabilizer bar
  • Welded tube frame
Description
This model has played a significant role in helicopter history. It was developed by the gifted Arthur M. Young and served as a test-bed for the first ever commercial helicopter: the famous Bell 47.

In 1941, Young approached the Bell Aircraft Corporation and started working on the development of the Model 30 prototype. He and his team were allowed to operate away from the company’s normal business activities, so that they would not get distracted by the mostly World War II based work.

The Model 30 was already equipped with the teetering rotorhead with a stabilizer bar that is a well-known feature of Bell Helicopters and was used in subsequent models for years. There were three prototypes built. The first two had a covered fuselage and tail boom, but an open cockpit, while the third machine had an open tubular tail boom and proved to be very good to fly, with the main drawback being the open cockpit. Young suggested solving this with a plexiglass bubble canopy, meaning that all of the ingredients for the legendary Bell 47 were in place.

The Model 30 project was the first helicopter development program within the Bell Aircraft Corporation, and looking back it is safe to say that it was the beginning of the enormous and significant company we know today.
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Design features:
  • Wooden rotor blades
  • Tricycle landing gear
  • Teetering rotorhead with stabilizer bar
  • Welded tube frame
Performance
Persons 1
Max. Range 0 mi
Cruise Speed 0 mph
Max. Speed 75 mph
Max. rate of Climb 0 ft/min
HOGE ceiling 0 ft
Service Ceiling 0 ft
Gross Weight 1625 lb
Empty Weigt 1142 lb
Useful Load 483 lb
Dynamic system
Fuel Capacity 0 gallons
Number of Engines 1
Engine Type Piston
Engine Code Franklin 6V4
Horse Power 160
Rotorhead Teetering
Number of rotorblades 2
Rotor Diameter 33 ft
Number of tail rotorblades 2
Tailrotor Diameter 0 ft
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