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Focke-Achgelis Fa 223 Drache helicopter

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Picture Fa223_Drache
General
Manufacturer Focke-Achgelis
Type Fa 223 Drache
Introduced 1/1/1941
In production? No
Units produced 20
Price US $ 0.00
Dimensions
Overall Length 0 ft
Length 40.2 ft
Height 14.3 ft
Width 80.4 ft
   
   
Description

The Fa 223 Drache was an early German military transport helicopter developed during the second World War by Foche-Achgelis.

After the co-founder of Focke-Wulf was ousted, he received encouragement from the German government to establish a new company dedicated to helicopters. In partnership with the pilot Gerd Achgelis, Heinrich Focke started Foche-Achgelis.

The Fa 223 Drache (“Dragon”) was created upon direct request by the German government. Helicopters at the time were not very powerful and a specification for a payload of 1500 pounds or about 700 kilograms was issued. It was around this (for the time) heavy transport that the Drache was intended.

In order to achieve this goal, a single 1010 horsepower radial engine was used to drive two 39-foot rotors mounted on either side of the fuselage on booms.

The production model could carry 2200 pounds at 75 miles per hour, making it the world’s first true transport helicopter.

The Drache is also notable for being the first helicopter to achieve full production status, but given that this was during active bombing of German production sites by Allied forces, the actual number of units produced stands at 20.

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Design features
  • Tubular-steel structure
  • Fully glazed cockpit
  • Centrally mounted engine and gearbox
  • Two outriggers at both sites of the fuselage to carry the twin rotors
  • Wooden rotor blades with a steel spar
  • Tricycle landing gear
Description

The Fa 223 Drache was an early German military transport helicopter developed during the second World War by Foche-Achgelis.

After the co-founder of Focke-Wulf was ousted, he received encouragement from the German government to establish a new company dedicated to helicopters. In partnership with the pilot Gerd Achgelis, Heinrich Focke started Foche-Achgelis.

The Fa 223 Drache (“Dragon”) was created upon direct request by the German government. Helicopters at the time were not very powerful and a specification for a payload of 1500 pounds or about 700 kilograms was issued. It was around this (for the time) heavy transport that the Drache was intended.

In order to achieve this goal, a single 1010 horsepower radial engine was used to drive two 39-foot rotors mounted on either side of the fuselage on booms.

The production model could carry 2200 pounds at 75 miles per hour, making it the world’s first true transport helicopter.

The Drache is also notable for being the first helicopter to achieve full production status, but given that this was during active bombing of German production sites by Allied forces, the actual number of units produced stands at 20.

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Design features:
  • Tubular-steel structure
  • Fully glazed cockpit
  • Centrally mounted engine and gearbox
  • Two outriggers at both sites of the fuselage to carry the twin rotors
  • Wooden rotor blades with a steel spar
  • Tricycle landing gear
Performance
Persons 6
Max. Range 272 mi
Cruise Speed 83 mph
Max. Speed 109 mph
Max. rate of Climb 1100 ft/min
HOGE ceiling 0 ft
Service Ceiling 15994 ft
Gross Weight 8510 lb
Empty Weigt 7011 lb
Useful Load 1499 lb
Dynamic system
Fuel Capacity 129 gallons
Number of Engines 1
Engine Type Piston
Engine Code BMW Bramo 323D-2
Horse Power 1000
Rotorhead Twin rotors, fully articulated
Number of rotorblades 3
Rotor Diameter 39.37 ft
Number of tail rotorblades 0
Tailrotor Diameter 0 ft
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