I.P.D BF-1 Beija-Flor
|First flight||1 January 1959|
Design and development
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. 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.
Three prototypes were built, the first flying on the 1 January 1959 but the type did not enter production.
- 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)
- Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
- Related lists
- Orbis 1985, p. 2195.
- Apostolo 1984, p. 121.