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The VFW-Fokker H3 Sprinter was a single-engined experimental rotorcraft designed and built in West Germany.

 

VFW-Fokker H3 Sprinter

Design and Development

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.[1] An improved H4 variant was designed but not built.

 

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Amazingly for the time, the H3 made extensive use of aluminum and glass-fiber reinforced plastic laminate. The aluminum mostly went into a load-bearing keel which served as support for the cabin, landing gear and engine bay. The composite plastics were used for the cabin’s skin.

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VFW-Fokker H3 Sprinter

Aircraft on display

Both aircraft have survived. D-9543 is currently on display at the Hubschraubermuseum Bückeburg with the other H3 thought to be in a private collection in Germany.

  • History

    Role Experimental rotorcraft

    Manufacturer VFW-Fokker

    First flight 15 March 1971

    Produced 2

     

  • Primary Users

    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

  • General Info

    Performance

     

    Cruise speed: 250 km/h (155 mph)

    Service ceiling: 4,000 m (13,120 ft)

     

VFW-Fokker H3 Sprinter

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