First flight of a lateral tandem rotor configuration (Focke-Wulf Fw 61)

Friday, June 26, 1936 - Bremen Airport, Germany



The first 'free' flight of a VTOL aircraft with 2 main rotors side by side. Ewald Rolfs was the pilot. The aircraft would become the first fully operational helicopter in the world.

Source: "Vertical Flight Historic Aerospace Sites | Bremen Airport, Bremen, Germany (2011)", AHS web page, Last updated: March 18, 2015


Aircraft related to this milestone
Focke-Wulf Fw 61


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