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1962

Rotorcraft

Rotorcraft Ltd was established with backing from Mitchell Engineering in the early 1960s to produce a new two-seat design by J.S.Shapiro. The "Grasshopper" in its definitive form had a fuselage somewhat similar to an enclosed sports car with a small v-tail and a skid undercarriage. It was powered by a pair of 65hp Walter Mikron piston engines mounted in the nose. These drove a pair of two-blade coaxial rotors mounted on a pylon which emerged just ahead of the cockpit windshield. G-ARVN, the prototype, flew in March 1962, but was withdrawn from use the following spring when funding was withdrawn following the death of the owner of Mitchell Engineering, and the project was abandoned.

R.Simpson "Airlife's Helicopter and Rotorcraft", 1998

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soccer, e-mail, 14.06.2011

while waiting for our final results and before the diploma presentations.

Dr. T Opatowski, e-mail, 27.03.2008

The date on your quote in my name should have been 1957.

Dr. T. Opatowski, e-mail, 26.07.2007

I put a model of this aircraft into the wind tunnel of the College of Aeronautics (as it was then)in June 1977 while waiting for our final results and before the diploma presentations.

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