Brantly B-2

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Brantly B-2
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Brantly B2 in a hover
Role Light Helicopter
Manufacturer Brantly Helicopter Corporation
Designer Newby O. Brantly
First flight 21 February 1953
Introduction 1958
Status In production (2011)[1]
Number built 334
Unit cost
$19,950 in 1962,[2]
$170,000 in 2003 [3]

The Brantly B-2 is an American two-seat light helicopter produced by the Brantly Helicopter Corporation.

Design and development[edit]

After the failure of his first design, the Brantly B-1, Newby O. Brantly decided to design a simpler and less complicated helicopter for the private buyer. The B-2 had a single main rotor and an anti-torque tail rotor and first flew on 21 February 1953. This was followed by an improved second prototype that first flew on 14 August 1956.

The B-2A was introduced with a modified cabin, and the B-2B had a larger 180 hp fuel-injected engine. The B-2B has a three-bladed articulated main rotor and an all-metal fuselage, it can be operated with skid, wheel or float landing gear. The piston engine is fitted vertically in the fuselage behind the cabin.

Operational history[edit]

The basic design has remained in production for over 50 years.[1] The United States Army order five B-2's (designated the YHO-3) to be evaluated in the Light Observation Helicopter competition in 1958, although it lost the bid, the Army operated the H-5T unmanned variant as target from 1986.[4] Introduced in the early 1970s, an improved larger version with five seats was designated the Brantly 305.[5]


The unbuilt Brantly B2J10 10-seat transport helicopter. Was to be powered by two Allison 250-C18 or two Boeing 550-1-12C engines.
  • Brantly B-2: Two-seat single-engined light utility helicopter.
    • Brantly YHO-3: United States military designation for the B2.
  • Brantly B-2A: Initial production version.
  • Brantly B-2B: Improved version, fitted with new metal rotor blades, and an uprated fuel-injected 180 hp Lycoming piston engine.
  • Brantly 305: Larger five-seat version.
  • H-2: Designation of the B-2B built by Brantly-Hynes between 1976 and 1979.
  • Brantly B-2J10: Projected tandem-rotor version with longer and wider fuselage for carrying passengers and/or cargo. Unbuilt.
  • V750 UAV: An UAV version developed by Qingdao Haili Helicopters Co. Ltd., a joint venture between Brantly International Inc, Qingdao Wenquan International Aviation Investment Co., Ltd, and Qingdao Brantly Investment Consultation Co., Ltd.[6] Maiden flight was completed in May 7, 2011, and received an order from an unnamed customer[7]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

The B-2 has had 21 fatal accidents between February 1964 and August 2009.[8]


A B2B belonging to the Flying Gyrocopter and Old Aircraft museum at Midden-Zeeland, Netherlands was reportedly about to fly again November 2009.[9]

A Greek road-assistance company,named EXPRESS SERVICE based in Thessaloniki,operated a B2B Brantly-Hynes helicopter for several years. That helicopter started flying in 1978 and had the Greek registration number SX-AHH. First captain was the pilot Kaltekis Spyridon.

B2 sn#18 is in Chino awaiting restoration after the 2005/2010 floods at Corona airport,a month underwater did little corrosive damage... , a B2B acquired for spares to complete restoration (dual serial numbers found "spliced together bird"

Specifications (B-2B with skid landing gear)[edit]

Data from Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1976–77 [10]

General characteristics


See also[edit]

Related lists


  1. ^ a b Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 189. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ "Helicopter Brantly". Flying Magazine: 108. May 1962. 
  3. ^ "Brantly B-2". 
  4. ^ Harding 1990, pp. 73–74.
  5. ^ Frawley, Gerard. The International Directory of Civil Aircraft. Aerospace Publications Pty Ltd, 1997. ISBN 1-875671-26-9.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ "R44 Accident Database". Griffin Helicopters. Retrieved 30 January 2010. [permanent dead link]
  9. ^ FlyPast, November 2009, p.17
  10. ^ Taylor 1976, p. 252.
  11. ^ Overall length

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