Fl 282 Kolibri

• Operational helicopter • Highly manoeuvrable • All weather

Flettner, together with Sikorsky, pioneered the design and production of the military helicopter. The FI 282 Kolibri was the result of Flettner’s experience with rotorcraft and was fitted with intermeshing rotors mounted side-by-side. The aircraft was operated successfully as a reconnaissance platform for the Gorman navy, from both shore bases and ships. The Luftwaffe also used the Kolibri for rescue and resupply missions in the later stages of the war.

Flettner Fl 282 Kolibri

▼ Post-war testing

Fl 282 Kolibri
Throe aircraft wore claimed by the Allies. Two. including the Vij prototype shown hero, went to c, US. and one went to the USSR

Fl 282 Kolibri◄ Into service

With 20 aircraft completed by 1943. some, including V6. were assigned to convoy protection in the Aogean and Mediterranean

Fl 282 KolibriShipborne ► operations

V5 paved the way for naval operations in harsh conditions by flying from a platform above a gun turret on the cruiser К din in tho Baltic. Here V6 is recovered by a ship In the Aogean.


Fl 282 Kolibri

Only 24 of the 30 prototypes and 15 pro-production aircraft were completed beforo tho ond of tho war.

>• One FI 282 accumulated 95 flying hours without any ropairs.

>■ Pulling back violently on the controls could cause the rotors to strike tho fin.

One aircraft is retained at tho Midland Air Museum in Coventry and another at the US Air Force Museum, Ohio.

► Using his Fl 282 experience. Flettner began designing the 20-passcngor Fl 33^

► Hans E. Fuisting performed most of the 282 test-flying.

Flettner Fl 282 Kolibri


Fl 282 Kolibri

FI 282B Kolibri

Type: single – or two-seat reconnaissance and transport helicopter

Powerplant: one 119-kW (160-up) Bramo Sh 14 seven-cylmdoi radial pftion engine

Maximum speed: ’50 knvh (93 m. p.h.) at sea level

Vertical climb rate: 9T5 m/mn (300 t. p m > at loaded weight

Range: 300 km (185 mi.) with pilot oniy Service ceiling: 3292 m о0.800 ft )

Weights: empty 760 kg (1.672 lb.); maximum take-off 1000 kg (2.200 lb.)


main rotor diameter 11.96 m (39 ft. 3 in.)

tuselago length 6.56 m (21 ft 6 in.)

height 220 m (7 ft. 3 in,)

total rotor disc an» 224.69 m (2.148 sq. tt.)


Once the Ko/ibn had landed and been secured to the dock, its rotor blades were carefully tied down to prevent damage.


Ttw 1W0 rotor t*sdm ЛЧГО mount ЗД so tnal they лота рлгааві at (he «if pos«>on.


rotor blade was marie ot wooden nbe on tllDlAH steel sca-s. war, а tabre – ovw-oVwood covenng


Although ot consider aWa sue. me пслгопИ stabrtsar was fitted only «or tnmnang purposes. The mtor nieshng rotor system utowr, designers to disponse w«h a tat n»«x


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Fl 282 Kolibri

An ocxsorverti cockpit was ргелчюа in th# пчг fu-»iago. It was opon ana prcrwcMa охсейопі vtstotty ‘ An cosorvw was earned at the expense of hid. and rang* was ttwetore touted


An exptt rvro ptot соЖІ f»y ttie Kotrn Imm л «Мр п,-u ’«а и r, weather Corvltons tor the – ptcl mu ічгиі txen – severe. rtjwovor, espec-ify dung tualom Ию EUitoc. omco tno – toeMord ООСМм л. гі сопцАИОу арах


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•, Не tusewneei «1 via trie rudder і instrument nfari forwards


Mountng the engne m th* central poeton gave bom crewmembers an excetent vew Au was drawn into the en»r»e from below the fuselage by a wooden fan,


An acnormaty largo rudder was fitted to »« vemcaitin The shape ot the rear fuselage was not Леа and caused a great deal of turbutonce. wfxch mean! thaf much o< the rude» шеа was meflecu.*


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ri аг tnt kousri

1000 k| (7.700 ■.)

In ка оімпatonal ccn’guMOcri with ptot and observer, the Fl m V21 ruid less range than II» American

maebnee Tno matorcy ot iu operaticna mimcnt wenp ftown around a convoy however and ‘ОГиПіпд waa not a problem


YR-*0 HDVtRflY 11SS kg |2.S30 lb.)


Rotorcraft in World War II

F1 265; Having proved Floltiws ■ FOCKE ACHGELIS Fa 223 DRACHE:

_ rlr? J 1’K’lCal military Helicopter, only six Des-gnod to satisfy a Lufthansa requirement. he Fi 265 were built before it gave only n tew murtaty Fa 223s were completed ** mo’f promising FI 282 due to continuous Allied bombing


■ SIKORSKY R-4: An R-4 achieved tho first holicoptor landing aboard a ship in May 1943 and later went on to perform a number ot combat rescue missions


■ SIKORSKY R-S: A completely new design, the R-5 first flew on 18 August 1943 The aH – metnl aircraft was later built m large numbers In the US and the UK


YR-40 HOVERFIY 209 ka(IMeU.)


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