I.P.D BF-1 Beija-Flor

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BF-1 Beija-Flor
Role Light helicopter
National origin Brazil
Manufacturer IPD
Designer Henrich Focke
First flight 1 January 1959
Number built 3

The I.P.D BF-1 Beija-Flor (en: Humming Bird) was a two-seat light helicopter designed by Henrich Focke.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The BF-1 was built by the aircraft department of the Brazilian Research and Development Institute (IPD) (formerly the CTA - Centro Técnico Aeroespacial), using a design of Henrich Focke.[1] It was a conventional three-bladed single rotor helicopter but unusual the 225 hp (168 kW) Continental E225 piston engine was mounted in the nose.[1]

Operational history[edit]

Three prototypes were built, the first flying on the 1 January 1959 but the type did not enter production.[2]


Data from Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 8.75 m (28 ft 8 in)
  • Height: 3.15 m (10 ft 4 in)
  • Empty weight: 700 kg (1,543 lb)
  • Gross weight: 950 kg (2,095 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Continental E225 flat-six piston engine, 168 kW (225 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 160 km/h (100 mph)
  • Range: 270 km (168 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 3,500 m (11,485 ft)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists



  1. ^ a b c d Orbis 1985, p. 2195.
  2. ^ Apostolo 1984, p. 121.