Wednesday, August 10, 2016

I like the old helicopter designs, here is the Firestone GA-45D (who knew Firestone ever tried to make helos?)

Why it has Firestone written on the side, I don't know

"G and A (Glider and Aircraft) Division of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company started work on the light tandem two-seat GA-45 design in 1943.

 A first prototype was designated GA-45C and first flew during 1946. It was powered by one 135 hp Lycoming O-290-7.

The GA-45C was evaluated by the US Army under the designation XR-9B (later XH-9B) and had a 28 ft (8.53 m) diameter main rotor.

 In 1946 the G and A Division became Firestone Aircraft, and a second aircraft was built as GA-45D, intended for the commercial market.

thanks for the info Steve!

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