In 1958, B.J.Schramm set up a company to market a single-seat amateur-built helicopter known as the Schramm "Javelin". This machine had a tubular steel structure with a formed aluminium body shell and was powered by a 75kW Mercury powerboat engine. It first flew in August 1965.
Named the Javelin (in several different forms), this first attempt by RotorWay Aircraft founder, designer and builder, B.J. Schramm, turned into a learning process that led to the eventual success of the Scorpion, the company's first production helicopter, offered in 1967.