Bensen B-10

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B-10 Propcopter
Role Experimental VTOL aircraft
National origin USA
Manufacturer Bensen Aircraft
Designer Igor Bensen
First flight 6 August 1958
Number built 1

The Bensen B-10 Propcopter was an unconventional VTOL aircraft developed by Igor Bensen in the United States in the late 1950s. The pilot sat astride a beam that had an engine mounted at either end of it, each driving a rotor to provide lift. Each of these rotors was surrounded by a system of four pivotable vanes to direct its downwash, and linked to a control stick for the pilot, this provided control of the craft. Only a single prototype (registered N56U) was built.


General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 pilot
  • Main rotor diameter: 2× 4 ft 0 in (1.20 m)
  • Powerplant: 2 × McCulloch piston engines, 72 hp (54 kW) each

See also[edit]

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