|National origin||United States|
The Bensen Mid-Jet (a pun on "Midget jet") was a small helicopter developed by Igor Bensen in the United States in the early 1950s in the hope of attracting the interest of the United States Navy. It was a single-seat, open framework machine based on the B-5 rotor kite with small, gasoline- or fuel oil-burning ramjets mounted as tipjets on the rotor blades. Tests carried out in 1954 showed it to be able to lift four times its own weight and cruise at 75 mph (120 km/h).
- Crew: One pilot
- Main rotor diameter: 15 ft 0 in (4.57 m)
- Height: 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
- Main rotor area: 176 ft2 (16.4 m2)
- Empty weight: 100 lb (45 kg)
- Gross weight: 500 lb (227 kg)
- Powerplant: 2 × ramjets, equivalent to 20 hp (15 kW) each
- Cruise speed: 75 mph (120 km/h)
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- Bensen Aircraft Foundation
- Lambermont, Paul Marcel (1958). Helicopters and Autogyros of the World.
- Bensen Aircraft at Vortechonline.com
- "Helicopter With Five Pound Ramjet Engines to Fly 80 Miles Per Hour". Popular Mechanics. June 1954. p. 138. Retrieved 2017-09-05.