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Senthil Kumar, e-mail, 14.02.2021 12:57

Yes this is an very economic and good aircraft. Does this company reproduce new one we are very happy to see it again we wanted this again


Derek Howard, e-mail, 29.09.2015 14:56

I remember this at Farnborough, I think it was occupied by nurses at the time. This would be an ideal transport for London City Airport as well as many others, and could fulfil it original role in this era of traffic mayhem in all cities. Materials are lighter and stronger now with titanium, carbon fibres etc. There is no excuse not to try again.


nigrl allinson, e-mail, 04.05.2015 23:46

my father. jack allinson. worked at fairys on this bird engines was his thing. when it all stopped he went to rolls royce, stag lane, then leavsden, but all his life he said this was the best airframe he had ever been involed with he was a very proud enginer. im also pleased to say his great grand chidren look at this page, then his old photos. they also know it was superb. politics and accounts know nothing. thanks nigel


Andrew Oliver, e-mail, 14.12.2014 18:39

I always was impressed by the design of this advanced rotorcraft design.It certainly was far ahead of its time and liked the idea of the tip jets to power the main rotor.However noise from the tipjets was a problem but with development I n think it could have been solved, it makes you think with modern technology and materials just where this could have lead and certainly how succesfull it could have been. Sadly the government of the time decided otherwise in the project( just as with the advanced TSR2 of a few years later)All this showed was how great our scientists and designers were in the field of aviation of which many where snapped up by the americans where their talents could be exploited to britains cost.All the Rotodyne project showed in the end was what could have been if only the government had the foresight to have faith on this clever deign.


Tony Wakeling, e-mail, 09.01.2013 00:51

My first appointment after graduating in Mathematics was as a Technical Assistant in the D.O at Hayes. The Type Y had vibration problems in Autogyro mode. We developed mathematical models which in conjunction with 1/15 scale dynamic models predicted that softening the fore/aft stiffness of the pylon would eliminate this natural frequency from the rotor running range. This mod was incorporated andworked as predicted.
Family commitments and the takeover by Westland which terminated the paternalistic attitude of Faireys towards their staff precipitated my resignation in April 1961. Over the years I have oten wondered about my decision.
I do hope some visionary would resurrect the concept.


TOBBE, e-mail, 15.01.2012 18:28

This is fun to see this aircraft in the sky fly in 2012 prestanda upgreat


takashi, e-mail, 17.09.2011 16:51

該費爾雷 Rotodyne
滾動複合旋翼機
國家原產地英國
費爾雷航空製造商
1957年11月6日首飛
1962年狀態取消
建成了數
發達國家從費爾雷噴氣 Gyrodyne


發達國家從費爾雷噴氣 GyrodyneAlthough J.A.J.貝內特民政費爾雷離開加入加州,原型希勒直升機,它的發展承擔博士喬治 S.希斯洛普,ITS就1957年11月6日首飛由首席試飛員駕駛直升機中隊負責人W。羅恩 Gellatly直升機和助理首席試飛員少校約翰 GP莫頓的第二個試點。
第一個成功的過渡,從垂直到水平和垂直飛行回到4月10日達到了1958年[7]演出的期望和設置在5類 convertiplanes世界速度紀錄在190.9英里每小時(307.2公里每小時)Rotodyne 1959年1月,超過 60英里(100公里)閉合電路 [8]以及正在快速,工藝進行了安全功能:它可以懸停與關閉憑藉其螺旋槳羽毛下一個引擎,與原型展示了著陸幾個an旋翼飛機。原型被證明在範堡羅和巴黎航空展,驚人的圍觀者定期幾次。該 Rotodyne的提示驅動器和卸載轉子取得更好的性能STI相比,純直升機和其他形式的“convertiplanes。”可飛行 175千牛(324公里/小時),並成為一個陡峭的攀爬,無任何不良的操控性能展現轉拉飛機。
縱觀世界,被越來越多的直接城市對城市交通的前景感興趣。它會從垂直起飛內城直升機場,所有升降機從尖噴氣驅動旋翼的到來,然後將增加空速,所有最終:為 Rotodyne這是一種中程“飛巴士”市場功率與 autorotating被轉移到轉子發動機的螺旋槳。在這種模式下,集體間距,以及對轉子拖動 Henco可以減少,翅膀將會採取作為飛船的重量的一半多。該 Rotodyne然後巡航速度約 150千牛(280公里/小時)到另一個城市,如倫敦,巴黎,轉子尖噴氣系統將降落在城市中心垂直重新啟動。當 Rotodyne降落和轉子停止移動時,葉片下垂及其向下的樞紐。為了 ...


seth, e-mail, 24.08.2011 01:00

where did it go? was it scraped? athur im 12 years old and i would love to see it fly too!


Howard Barnes, e-mail, 24.05.2011 03:24

Good day,
I am trying to work out how the lower discs & the upper disc of the swashplate assembly of the Rotodyne were connected. You mention that you have Fairey drawings; whether or not, I would be grateful for any help on this matter.
Regards, Howard.


Arthur, e-mail, 22.05.2011 12:29

Sadly due to my age I never managed to see this fly. But like many other British designs in the late 1940's through the 1950's it as futuristic. Dueing the period British aircraft manufacturing led the world. We did not have the investment that was given by the US government but we had a desire to be the best.

Maybe it's time to revisit some of these designs and see where they take us ... internal and shorthaul flights, military support, humanitarian aid the possibility is endless

Thank you

Arthur


Brian Templeton, e-mail, 24.01.2011 13:02

I was at Farnborough in Sept. 1961, and saw the "Rotodyne" fly.To my way of thinking it was a much better concept than the "Ospray" which the American military are using now. The tip jet noise problem would have likely been solved by diluting the the pressure jets exhaust with outside air with
a set of concentric cones arranged behind the pressure jets.
There was a proposal to use nine of these cones for each jet. This would have quietened the jets very likely into the
mid 90's decibels and also more than doubled the thrust of
each unit as kinetic energy was exchanged for a greater mass
flow.(The same principle is employed on some makes of blow guns.) And yes, I think the "Rotodyne" would be a profitable
aircraft in todays world, it is a shame that my countryfolk
were so shortsighted as to cancel it.
Incidentally, if anyone is interested, I have a few of the
original flight test photographs which Westland Aircraft had
sent on to me many years ago. I will make copies available
to anybody wishing to pay for the copying and postage and
of course my time. My e-mail:- btempleton4112@msn.com
I am in Calgary, Canada.


Clive Burghard, e-mail, 29.11.2010 20:26

I had the privelidge of seeing this remarkable aircraft fly at Biggin Hill, it was an impressive sight, and I would have loved to have seen it go into production.


dewstarpath, e-mail, 16.11.2010 21:05

- Excellent research by Aviastar.org. The
Rotodyne was never one of the "world's worst
aircraft". If the tipjet noise problem had been
resolved, it would still be flying today.


http://www.metalreaction.com/, e-mail, 25.10.2010 02:45

a small section of fuselage and the large rotor can be seen at the hellicopter museum at weston super mare u.k what a pitty the whole craft was not preserved. yet another example of uk government and or management indifference


Peter, e-mail, 11.10.2010 23:54

I'm going to write a thesis in my study about gyrodynes taking as a model a Rotodyne .Do you have any photos of the rotor, blades and the head ?


Brandon Pavlov, e-mail, 30.09.2010 08:01

If ever a design required resurrecting, the Rotodyne is really a prime candidate. I was within Hayes main DOro within 1956-7 (and saw the titanium blades head prepared for machining). It remains a quite brilliant original design in whose problems were 90Percent solved. Just about all that is required for success would be to throw cash at it. The weight difficulties referred to were rumoured at the time to originate from mistakes in the pounds estimate department.


George@htt://apartments.com.ua, e-mail, 08.08.2010 14:59

Great site and the article, it is unfortunately that this helicopter was not taken for mass use.


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Dave Potten, e-mail, 08.05.2010 15:13

If ever a design needed resurrecting, the Rotodyne is a prime candidate. I was in Hayes main D/o in 1956-7 (and saw the titanium rotor head ready for machining). It remains a quite brilliant original design whose problems were 90% solved. All that is required for success is to throw money at it. The weight problems referred to were rumoured at the time to stem from errors in the weight estimate department.
Who wants to join me in a campaign? Dave P


Dave Potten, e-mail, 08.05.2010 15:13

If ever a design needed resurrecting, the Rotodyne is a prime candidate. I was in Hayes main D/o in 1956-7 (and saw the titanium rotor head ready for machining). It remains a quite brilliant original design whose problems were 90% solved. All that is required for success is to throw money at it. The weight problems referred to were rumoured at the time to stem from errors in the weight estimate department.
Who wants to join me in a campaign? Dave P


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kevin swain, e-mail, 26.04.2010 01:09

My father worked for Fairey's and the Rotodfyne I can remeber seeing in flight. It was very noisy! It is a classic example of British inability to take a great concept and develop it to a commercial success. Short termism and lack of vision.


Stephen Hall, e-mail, 24.04.2010 16:01

I should like to hear from Mr Gellatly and others with serious suggestions about reviving the concept.
I have spent several years trying to interest politicians in a solution to misuse of polluting jets for short/medium haul use and 'shuttle' use for fresh goods.
The Icelandic volcano revealed serious weaknesses in aviation in 2010. Yet in 2010 we have advanced materials & green-capable engines as well as blind flying which Forsyth & Gellatly lacked.
Rotodyne is more realistic now than ever before (I saw it when a small child)but with larger hull capacity than in 1960 not exceeding the rotor area, incidentally without tip jets.
I am a Brit but retired to Ireland & such craft would be a boon to our British Isles at large, island groups mentioned by some correspondents & just-in-time supply shuttling from such as Africa would have human prosperity consequences.


Chris Petruch, e-mail, 28.03.2010 08:25

Truly a shame the prototype wasn't preserved- but perhaps the sight of the Rotodyne on display next to the TSR 2 would be too depressing. (I'm Canadian, so the Avro CF-105 would fit right in next to them!)


Joseph Kelly, e-mail, 06.03.2010 21:05

Hi there. My late father was a stress test engineer on the Rotodyne project at the Hayes factory in the late 1950s/ early 60s. Always remember him coming home with pix and copies of flight magazines with reviews in. A great concept sadly missed. Max. if you go onto ebay and search Rotodyne you'll see a phillipines company making fantastic wooden display models of the Rotodyne. Let me know if you get one, My firm's only in Cheadle Hulme, would love to come to see your display.
Joe kelly, CEO, The Universe Media Group Ltd


Max Houghton, e-mail, 11.02.2010 11:19

I am the Sales and Marketing Director of WFEL Ltd, one of the successor companies to Fairey Aviation, and we are based on the Heaton Chapel site (National Aircraft Factory No 1)in Stockport which Fairey Aviation took over in 1935. I am looking for a decent sized model of the Rotodyne that we could display in our reception area (We might be getting a Fairey Delta in the near future and I am hoping to build up an historical area). We are looking for the model to be presented! although I might be able to raise some funds if necessary. Would anyone be interested in presenting a model or know where I might find one? Many thanks.


Eddie Hart, e-mail, 26.01.2010 14:06

I remember seeing the "Rotudyne flying over Leatherhead, Surrey in 1958. I didnt care about the noise because it looked so beautiful on the clear sunny day. It was huge and it seemed to travel so fast. I felt so proud for the people who built it and our country.


Frederick A. Lee, e-mail, 21.12.2009 18:16

Too bad about the noise. Does the Harrier have a similar problem? This is asked because I have designed a transport version based on the Harrier configuration.


h langford, e-mail, 26.09.2009 13:58

a small section of fuselage and the large rotor can be seen at the hellicopter museum at weston super mare u.k what a pitty the whole craft was not preserved. yet another example of uk government and or management indifference


Camil Iamandescu, e-mail, 07.09.2009 17:01

Beuatiful aircraft and very well documented story ! Congratulations for bringing it to people interested. And also congratulations for your very interesting site !


Mike Green, e-mail, 20.08.2009 08:17

While reading your history of the 'Rotodyne' I was haunted by the memory of Canada's decision to cancel the AVRO Arrow CF-105. To this day we mourn it's loss. If only we had politicians with more avionic forethought and courage.


John E Stormont, e-mail, 13.07.2009 09:00

I recall this aircraft flying into Heathrow . I used to live under the flightpath. Although an awesome sight it was so noisy that there was never a chance that it would be successful .


James, 06.06.2009 13:48

This was a brilliant aircraft and a unique concept, decades ahead of its time! Wouldn't it be great for someone to make another one!


Paul Gellatly, e-mail, 11.05.2009 05:05

I am researching my father Ron Gellatly's life and though I have lots of photos of the Rotodyne and UltraLight I would appreciate any information concerning my dad's life at White Waltham and later at westlands in Yeovil.Be it writen or photos all will be helpful.


JAMES LAURENCE SMITH, e-mail, 04.01.2009 18:09

Dear sir ,I am distressed at this project being cancelled , surley at this day and age with all the tecnology at our hands we can rebuild the thing , and sort all the past problems out without too much hassle , lets get on with it ,,, ITS BRITISH !


Marius Robert Dragomir, e-mail, 06.11.2008 07:46

I have an old model kit with this plane.It s really interesting indeed. The kit was made in the former East Germany in the fifties.


jim gordon, e-mail, 21.09.2008 23:47

I intend to make a large scale model of the rotodyne have you any details of the rotor head and rotor control?


edo, e-mail, 13.07.2008 20:14

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Iain Henderson, e-mail, 05.04.2008 13:55

Yeah, I`ve got a few comments concerning this craft! Like, can anyone confirm if Derek Meddings and/or Mike Trim, designers for Gerry Anderson shows Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90 and so on, were `influenced` by the Fairey Rotodyne? It does look very "Anderson-esque"!


Iain Henderson, e-mail, 05.04.2008 13:55

Yeah, I`ve got a few comments concerning this craft! Like, can anyone confirm if Derek Meddings and/or Mike Trim, designers for Gerry Anderson shows Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90 and so on, were `influenced` by the Fairey Rotodyne? It does look very "Anderson-esque"!


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Steve Kerr, e-mail, 25.03.2008 01:53

Message for Ron Roadknight - Would there be any chance of getting copies/scans of the original drawings, will cover all costs. I want to build a RC rotodyne myself and only have a couple of small 3-views. As for production, there is talk of a couple of US companies very interested in the concept. You wont see the original but maybe one day.....


Ron Roadknight, e-mail, 19.03.2008 09:09

I too watched this aircraft fly.as a young boy i lived near White Waltham and was always amazed at seeing this aircraft,
So much so as i am going to build a 1/6 scale rc verson.
I have the original drawings from Fairey and have also an Airfix model to work with.It wont have working tip jets so basicly it will be a std heli with 2 x forward faceing props


Vic Brown, e-mail, 27.02.2008 14:06

I left Fairy Air Surveys at the time of the takeover of Fairey Aviation by Westland. I often saw the Rotodyne perform on the airfield outside of our laboratory at White Waltham. The noise factor was the big issue with this aircraft, otherwise it seemed a perfect transport.


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Adrian, 05.09.2007 17:29

The Rotodyne production never even started - it was prototype only. It last flew about 45 years ago. Only a few parts remain and there is no possibility whatever of the project ever starting again. When I was much younger i saw it flying quite a few times - a most remarkable, but noisy, aircraft.


Ephraim Cuadra Salcedo, e-mail, 25.06.2007 16:35

Is the "Rotodyne" production completely stopped? If so, what is the possibility of its continuing on production? How much is needed to make it going?


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Carl A. Helsing, e-mail, 06.03.2007 16:34

I have not seen the exact type previously as best as I can recall.I have a Vectron model "Aero Saucer"which developes part of it's thrust by way of the entire craft body acting as a torque counter-force reaction componant of total lift effect.I was inspired to think because of this,of something other than a tail rotor for maintaining fuselage orientation on a helicopter.My idea was that of an angularly adjustable vane resembling a rudder near the tips of the lift rotor,which by proper surface area proprtioning and reception of downdraft from the rotor could replace,if desired(for any technical consideration)the spinning mechanical tail rotor.Upon checking the internet for the existance of such types,I noticed your Fairey craft.Seeing no tail rotor I assumed the idea I thought of must be at least approximately what is employed on your craft.If this is close to function,I am glad to see that it is in some form viable.I do believe that sometimes relatively simple concepts may be overlooked when mechanical function's of any kind are not entirely satisfactory.I do model railroading,and am familiar with 200 years of that field and it's inummerable mechanical misconceptions having taken time to overcome.I now realize that virtually every field of mobile vehicle design has had similar obstacles.I enjoy seeing fine,reliable machine in operation----




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