Platt-LePage XR-1

The Platt-LePage XR-1 was an early American twin-rotor helicopter built by the Platt-LePage Aircraft Company of Eddystone, Pennsylvania. They were the first helicopters tested by the United States Army Air Force. Platt-LePage Aircraft were contracted in 1940 to supply a single prototype helicopter (PL-3) to the United States Army Air Force designated XR-1. The company followed a rotor layout similar to the Focke-Wulf Fw 61 transverse twin-rotor design, that appeared prior to the outbreak of war. The first prototype first flew on May 12, 1941. It had a fuselage with a fixed tailwheel undercarriage and a conventional tail unit. It had two counter-rotating rotors mounted on faired outriggers (stub-wings) on each side of the fuselage. The rotors were powered by a 440hp (328kW) Pratt & Whitney R-985-21 engine mounted in the fuselage. The second prototype was designated XR-1A and had increased glazing around the two-seat cockpit and a 450hp (336kW) Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-1 engine.  The two prototypes were accepted by the Army Air Force and were used for test and evaluation but no further orders were placed.

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(updated October 2010)

Platt-LePage XR-1

Type:		two-seat Observation autogyro
Crew:		2
Armament:	none

	Length:        	n/a
	Height:        	n/a 
	Empty Weight:  	n/a
	Max Weight: 	n/a

	No. of Engines:	1
	Powerplant:    	Pratt & Whitney R-985-21
	Horsepower:	440 hp

	Range:		n/a
	Cruise Speed:   n/a
	Max Speed:      n/a
	Ceiling:       	n/a

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