Belgian Helicopter Stays Aloft 10 Min. to Set Record (Feb, 1934)

Belgian Helicopter Stays Aloft 10 Min. to Set Record

A QUEER Belgian helicopter, entirely without wings, recently set a new world’s record for heavier-than-air craft designed for vertical ascent by remaining in the air for 9 minutes and 58 seconds.

The strange craft has a centrally located aircraft motor mounted on a framework of steel tubing.

Four-bladed propellers of hinged construction similar to the blade of an autogyro are mounted at each end of the framework, and driven through gears and a steel driveshaft by the one engine.

The operator sits on a precarious perch to one side of the engine, the motor being just enough off center to balance his weight. Four feet-like projections at the bottom absorb part of the shock in landing, and take the place of the undercarriage of a plane.

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