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1930

D'Ascanio helicopter

In Italy, Corridion D'Ascanio built a machine with two 13m counter-rotating coaxial rotors, each with a trailing elevator which could be used to vary the rotor blade angle of attack. Two small propellers at the ends of long arms were used for additional control. The propulsion/control system was powered by a 95hp Fiat engine. The vehicle set three Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) world records on October 8, 1930: an altitude of 18m, a distance of 1078m, and endurance of 8 minutes and 45 seconds.

Building on Juan de la Cierva's invention of the autogiro and his many rotor patents, Europe had a commanding lead in helicopter development as the 1930s began. At the start of the decade, a coaxial helicopter built by d'Ascanio flew to a height of 18m in Italy.

J.P.Spencer "Whirlybirds: A History of the U.S. Helicopter Pioneers", 1998

Ascanio helicopter

Technical data for Ascanio

Engine: 1 x Fiat A-505 rated at 95-100hp, rotor diameter: 13-15m, take-off weight: 800kg, achieved height: 18m, achieved endurance: 8min 45s

Comments 
china, e-mail, 11.06.2011

He worked for Piaggio company, and designed also the Vespa scooter. Thanks

antonio d'ascanio, e-mail, 01.03.2010

bella foto forse siamo parenti io vivo a bruxelles e luogosano italia buon giorno antonio

Placido Longo, e-mail, 18.06.2008

As far as I know, the first name of the builder this page
refers to is CORRADINO, and not Corridion, as results. He worked for Piaggio company, and designed also the Vespa scooter. Thanks

Guillermo Ascanio, e-mail, 11.03.2007

Where could I get a good reprouction of this photo (drawing) and more printed information on Ascanio's helicopterthank you...Guillermo Asacnio

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