Firestone XR-9B: Unlucky tadpole.

At the end of WW2 the emergence and possibilities of the practical helicopter was evident. Many aircraft companies, both big and tiny, saw a potential boom in vertical flight area and tried hard to achieve a large piece of that cake. The Model 45 design was Firestone Aircraft Company pretender. Conceived originally by G & A Aircraft during late WW2, this pod and boom helicopter follow the classic lines of the Sikorsky S-51 ….with with a lot less success. Only two variants of the 45 were produced: a side by side seat civilian one and this tandem seat military example.

Cute enough to me.


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