Fairey Rotodyne

 

The British company Fairey had built several compound helicopters in the 1940s. One of these was modified with tip jets as the Jet Gyrodyne in 1953. Based on this data, Fairey designed the 33,000 lb Rotodyne, a 40 passenger transport powered by two 2,800 shp Napier Eland 3 turbine engines. The fuselage was 59 ft long with nearly 3,300 cubic feet of internal volume, ending in rear clamshell loading doors. The 60 ft diameter four-bladed rotor was rotated by tip-jets in vertical flight and autorotated in cruise, providing about half of the aerodynamic lift. During transition, the engine power was transferred by hydraulic clutches to two four-bladed tractor propellers mid-mounted on the 46 ft wide wings. In hover and forward flight, yaw was controlled by differential propeller pitch, while pitch and roll were produced by the cyclic rotor pitch. Aerodynamic surfaces augmented control in forward flight.

First flight in helicopter mode was on 6 November 1957. The first transitions were begun in April 1958, with problems making satisfactory tip jet relights at altitude being solved by that October. Tip jet noise was extremely unpleasant, driving a significantly modified production version with lower pressure tip jets. Despite apparent commercial interest, Fairey was taken over by Westland, causing the program to fizzle out in about 1962.

Source: AHS V/STOL Wheel

 

 

Attribution

Attribution
Overview
Parent type *No type assigned
Variant *No Variant assigned
Design authority The Fairey Company Ltd
Primary manufacturer The Fairey Company Ltd
Key Characteristics
Operational status No longer flying
Max gross weight (ground) 14,969 n/a 14,969 n/a
Crew TBA
Seating arrangement Side-by-side
Configuration
VTOL type Compound Helicopter
Compound type Lift and Thrust
Lift configuration Single main rotor
Control device type Other
Features
Number of engines 2
Number of propulsors 2
Number of lift devices 1
Number of control devices 0
Milestones associated with the Fairey Rotodyne
1957 First flight of the Fairey Rotodyne
1959 Fairey Rotodyne sets a speed record around a closed course

Fairey Rotodyne

 

This content is reserved for AHS members. If you are a current member, please use the Member Login link at the top of the page.

 

If you are not a member of AHS, why not join today? Be sure to also check out the many benefits enjoyed by AHS members.

 

Fairey Rotodyne

 

This content is reserved for AHS members. If you are a current member, please use the Member Login link at the top of the page.

 

If you are not a member of AHS, why not join today? Be sure to also check out the many benefits enjoyed by AHS members.

 

Fairey Rotodyne

 

This content is reserved for AHS members. If you are a current member, please use the Member Login link at the top of the page.

 

If you are not a member of AHS, why not join today? Be sure to also check out the many benefits enjoyed by AHS members.

 

Fairey Rotodyne

 

This content is reserved for AHS members. If you are a current member, please use the Member Login link at the top of the page.

 

If you are not a member of AHS, why not join today? Be sure to also check out the many benefits enjoyed by AHS members.

 

Fairey Rotodyne

 

This content is reserved for AHS members. If you are a current member, please use the Member Login link at the top of the page.

 

If you are not a member of AHS, why not join today? Be sure to also check out the many benefits enjoyed by AHS members.

 

Fairey Rotodyne

 

Sorry, no operators have been defined for this aircraft yet.

Fairey Rotodyne

 

Forum Proceedings related to the Fairey Rotodyne

 

Vertiflite articles related to the Fairey Rotodyne

Vertiflite, January/February 2013

Prouty Column: A New Concept? The Eurocopter X3 and the Fairey Rotodyne

 

 

Content from the AHS website related to the Fairey Rotodyne

 

We were unable to find any files on the AHS website for this aircraft.

 

Web pages

 

November 2014

 

October 2016

 

 

Articles from the Journal of the American Helicopter Society related to the Fairey Rotodyne

Journal articles are hosted by our Journal provider, IngentaConnect. If relevant Journal articles do not appear below, please feel free to visit the IngentaConnect site directly.

 

 

 

Articles from NASA Technical Reports Server related to the Fairey Rotodyne

 

Patent information from the US Patent and Trademark Office related to the Fairey Rotodyne

 

Google Books related to the Fairey Rotodyne

Fairey Rotodyne

 

Overview

 

 

Main rotor

 

 

Miscellaneous

 

 

Fairey Rotodyne

Aircraft Notes

Ref. Author(s) Title Source Date Type
145 Gibbings, D Fairey Rotodyne The History Press 2009 Book
  A definitive history of the design and development of the Fairey Rotodyne