Aeroplane Monthly 1978-01
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E.Rees - Cierva's triple rotor chopper
The first Air Horse, VZ724, on static display at the 1948 SBAC Display as G-ALCV.
VZ724 performing at Farnborough in 1949, the fin area having been increased by the addition of fore and aft extensions.
After its 1949 Farnborough appearance VZ724 began flight trials at maximum weight, flying at 17,500lb AUW on October 12.
The second Air Horse, WA555, at Eastleigh in July/August 1950 after reassembly following accident investigations. A prototype Skeeter is on the left.
Another shot of the first Air Horse at the 1949 SBAC Display. The forward door had to be kept open to assist engine cooling.
A rear view, showing the spacious interior. The original configuration of the outrigger booms is also shown.
Both machines at Eastleigh early in 1950, when WA555 was at the ground running stage.
VZ724 airborne at Eastleigh Airport, displaying its original tail-fins and the long-stroke undercarriage. The outriggers have already been modified.
Cierva W.11 Air Horse
The second Air Horse, WA555, at Eastleigh in July/August 1950 after reassembly following accident investigations. A prototype Skeeter is on the left.