Bölkow Bo 102

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Bo 102
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Bölkow Bo 102 on display at the Helicopter Museum (Weston)
Role Helicopter flight training aid
Manufacturer Bölkow Entwicklungen KG
First flight Not flown
Number built 18

The Bölkow Bo 102 Helitrainer was an unusual ground-based helicopter training aid that was developed and built by Bölkow of Germany in the late-1950s. Designed to be mounted on a swivelling captive rig[1] the Bo 102 allowed trainee pilots to practise procedures such as engine starting, rotor engagement and manipulation of the flight controls. Many of the Bo 102's components, including the single-bladed fibre-glass main rotor were used in the company's next design, the Bo 103.

Aircraft on display[edit]

Preserved examples of the Bo 102 are on public display at the Hubschraubermuseum Bückeburg, the Helicopter Museum (Weston) and in Rota, Spain.[2][3][4]

Specifications (Bo 102)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: One
  • Main rotor diameter: 6.6 m (21 ft 8 in)
  • Main rotor area: 34.8 m2 (374 ft2)
  • Gross weight: 700 kg (1,697 lb)


See also[edit]

Related development
Related lists


  1. ^ Flying Magazine: 48. August 1961.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ The Helicopter Museum - Western European helicopters helicoptermuseum.co.uk Retrieved: 5 April 2010
  3. ^ Hubscraubermuseum - Bo 102 Helitrainer www.hubschraubermuseum.de Retrieved: 5 April 2010
  4. ^ www.aviationcorner.net Retrieved: 4 January 2011

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