Aeroplane Monthly 1991-10
P.Jarrett - Nothing ventured... (18)
After initial towing trials behind a 4 1/2-litre Bentley, an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley bomber took over as the tug. A full-size reproduction of the Rotabuggy, made by the Wessex Aviation Society, may be seen in the Museum of Army Flying at Middle Wallop.
Прототип Rotabuggy интенсивно испытывался в 1943-1944 годах, но на вооружение не поступил. Реплика его, построенная в 1980-х годах, сегодня находится в Музее армейской авиации Великобритании.
The Rotabuggy in its original form with small fins.
The ... er ... aircraft sporting enlarged fins to counteract yawing instability.
The Rotabuggy’s unpowered, windmilling rotor had a diameter of 46ft 8in. It was spun-up for take-off by means of a cable wound round the hub.
Four views of the Rotabuggy in towed flight.
The tail surfaces in their final configuration with larger, more angular fins.
Groundcrew attend to the rotor during the testing programme. The Rotabuggy’s regular pilot, Sqn Ldr I.M.D. Little, is standing fourth from left with his back to the camera.
Guaranteed to impress a jeep driver's girlfriend, the Rotabuggy 's "cockpit" contained both Jeep and aircraft controls and instruments.
Hafner Rotabuggy
Hafner proposal for rotor-equipped Valentine tank