VFW-Fokker H3 Sprinter
|VFW-Fokker H3 on display at the Hubschraubermuseum Bückeburg|
|First flight||15 March 1971|
The VFW-Fokker H3 Sprinter was a single-engined experimental rotorcraft designed and built in West Germany. Two aircraft were produced by VFW-Fokker in the early 1970s, registered D-9543 and D-9544. Intended as the first of a family of tip-jet driven helicopters the two H3 prototypes flew briefly but the method of rotor propulsion was found to be unsuccessful for this size of aircraft. Due to a high rotor overspeed, they could perform jump take-offs to 280 feet (85 m) at a rate of 1,600 feet (490 m) per minute. An improved H4 variant was designed but not built.
Aircraft on display
Data from Jane's Pocket Book of Research and Experimental Aircraft, 1976.
- Crew: One
- Capacity: 2 passengers
- Payload: 270 kg (595 lb)
- Length: 7.37 m (24 ft 2.25 in)
- Rotor diameter: 8.70 m (28 ft 6.52 in)
- Height: 2.50 m (8 ft 2.43 in)
- Max. takeoff weight: 968 kg (2,134 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Allison 250-C18 turboshaft
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- Robb, Raymond L. "Hybrid helicopters: Compounding the quest for speed", page 34. Vertiflite. American Helicopter Society, Summer 2006.
- Hubschraubermuseum - VFW H3 Retrieved: 2 March 2017
- Taylor 1976, p. 243.
- Taylor, John W.R. Jane's Pocket Book of Research and Experimental Aircraft, London, Macdonald and Jane's Publishers Ltd, 1976. ISBN 0-356-08409-4.