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PKZ 2 Austro-hungarian helicopter

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Prototype was built in March 1918. Weighs 1600kg. Since April, 2 made 30 test ascents to the height of up to 50m. Could hover for half an hour on a good day. Had no controls and was balanced by three ropes from the ground. On June, 10 1918 the tension of ropes was not properly maintained and the chopper flipped over.

Any modders willing to make new balloon type? :biggrin: Windsock has a mini-datafile on it.

 

There were a number of other choppers made event prior to WW1 but none survived that long or flew that high. PKZ 2 height record wasn't beaten for 10 years after the crash. :clapping:

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They were intended to serve tethered as balloons. The idea was that the helo is smaller, doesn't need expensive hydrogen, can be easily transported and quckly deployed and supposedly is less affected by wind. It also was designed to have a parachute capable of carrying the whole airframe should the engines fail. The grey balls at the bottom are actually airbags with some complicated valve system that turns them into decent shock absorbers.

Didn't save the prototype which was severely damaged after falling from 2 meter height :rofl:

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They were intended to serve tethered as balloons. The idea was that the helo is smaller, doesn't need expensive hydrogen, can be easily transported and quckly deployed and supposedly is less affected by wind. It also was designed to have a parachute capable of carrying the whole airframe should the engines fail. The grey balls at the bottom are actually airbags with some complicated valve system that turns them into decent shock absorbers.

Didn't save the prototype which was severely damaged after falling from 2 meter height :rofl:

 

hey for that time it seems to have some really inovative ideas.it was one of those strange blends of forward and backwards thinking.an ultr hi tech balloon.I have to give the designers props for the attempt.I'm not too sure I'd like to be in a bucket ove a whirling prop though. :huh:

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