Bölkow Bo 103

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Bo 103
Boelkow Bo 103 im Hubschraubermuseum Bueckeburg.jpg
Bölkow Bo 103 at Hubschraubermuseum Bueckeburg
Role Experimental helicopter
Manufacturer Bölkow
First flight 9 September 1961
Number built 1

The Bölkow Bo 103 was a small experimental helicopter flown in Germany in 1961 to research new rotor systems. While the mechanics of the aircraft were based on the Bo 102 captive training rig, the Bo 103 was capable of fully independent flight. In configuration, it was absolutely minimalist - consisting of nothing more than a tubular frame to which the dynamic components and the pilots seat were attached, although a small fibreglass cabin was eventually attached. The aircraft retained the Bo 102's single-rotor of Glass-reinforced plastic, and proved that this was suitable for true flight. The prototype is preserved at the Hubschraubermuseum Bückeburg.

Specifications[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Main rotor diameter: 6.66 m (21 ft 10 in)
  • Height: 2.41 m (7 ft 11 in)
  • Main rotor area: 34.8 m2 (374 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 268 kg (591 lb)
  • Gross weight: 390 kg (860 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Agusta GA.70, 61 kW (82 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 100 km/h (60 mph)
  • Range: 100 km (60 miles)
  • Rate of climb: 5.7 m/s (1,120 ft/min)

See also[edit]

Related lists

References[edit]

  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 192. 
  • Simpson, R. W. (1998). Airlife's Helicopters and Rotorcraft. Ramsbury: Airlife Publishing. p. 131. 
  • EADS website

External links[edit]

  • picture at Bückeburg helicopter museum.