The Platt LePage XR-1. The US Air Force’s First Prototype Rotorcraft.

by Daniel Russ on October 10, 2012

The Platt LePage XR-1

The Platt LePage XR-1

 

The Platt LePage XR-1

The Platt LePage XR-1

 

The Platt LePage XR-1 was the winner of a design competition for a contract for the United States Air Force. This was the very first helicopter flown by the USAF, actually the USAAF. The prototype here flew in 1941 and was retired from flight testing in 1945. Malfunctions, a test flight crash and instability problems plagued the XR-1. This was not a challenging problem for the US as newer an d better rotorcraft were being developed. So it was cancelled. It did feature huge observation windows that has stayed with helicopter design until today.

 

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Jay Hendrickson February 1, 2013 at 3:41 pm

The Platt-LePage XR-1 was retired from flight testing in June 1946, not 1945.

The actual story of the XR-1 is more complex than what could be condensed is just a few lines of text.

Daniel Russ February 1, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Each of these aircraft could have a book written about them. That would not be the proper format for a short read military history blog. If you scrub through the site, you will see plenty of long form essays. All aircraft are treated as short subjects. Thanks for the visit and come back again.

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