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Bensen Midget



This miniature single-seater helicopter, designed as a private venture mainly for use in the United States Navy, has been simplified to such a degree that its components can be reassembled with hand tools. At each tip of the two-bladed rotor is a ram-jet engine, weighing 2.5 kilos and running on either ordinary petrol or fuel oil.

The "Midget" is reported to be able to lift four times its own weight. The initial tests were carried out in 1954.

Engines: 2 x ram-jets equivalent to 40hp
Number of seats: 1
Rotor diameter: 4.57m
Weight fully loaded: 227kg
Empty weight: 45kg
Cruising speed: 120km/h



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