Agusta-Bell AB.102

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AB.102
Agusta-Bell AB.102.jpg
Role Utility helicopter
Manufacturer Agusta
First flight 3 February 1959
Introduction 1961
Primary user Elivie
Number built 1+2
Developed from Bell 48

The Agusta AB.102 was an Italian helicopter produced in small numbers in the early 1960s. The aircraft was based on the mechanical components of a Bell 48 that Agusta incorporated into an all-new, streamlined fuselage. The first flight was on 3 February 1959 and the prototype was exhibited at that year's Paris Air Show in faux military colours.

Only two production examples were built, operated by Elivie in a regular air service between Turin and Milan from 1961. However, the advent of turbine-powered helicopters in the 1960s soon rendered the AB.102 obsolete.

Operators[edit]

Specifications[edit]

Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1961–62[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 7-9 passengers or 880 kg (1,940 lb) cargo or 4 stretchers and 1 attendant
  • Length: 12.73 m (41 ft 9 in)
  • Rotor diameter: 14.50 m (47 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 3.23 m (10 ft 7 in)
  • Disc area: 165.1 m² (1,778 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 1,810 kg (3,990 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 2,725 kg (6,000 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 3,025 kg (6,670 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-1340-S1H4 radial engine, 447 kW (600 hp)

Performance

See also[edit]

Related development

References[edit]

  1. ^ Taylor 1961, p. 98.
  • Taylor, John W. R. (1961). Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1961–62. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company. 
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 40. 
  • Simpson, R. W. (1998). Airlife's Helicopters and Rotorcraft. Ramsbury: Airlife Publishing. p. 36.