Thursday, July 07, 2016

the Doman helicopter

While at Sikorsky in the forties, Gliden Doman designed a unique rotor head and used that and other development to form Doman Helicopters. Located in Danbury Connecticut, by 1955 the company had built two prototypes for the Army. The machine pictured is the third prototype built as a joint venture with Fleet of Fort Erie, Ontario. Despite many hours of testing and demonstration, no orders were forthcoming and the rights were eventually sold to Hiller, and for the European market to the Italian company Ambrosini.

Proving that it could lift a VW bug. How they got it in and out, is a mystery.

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