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YH-32 Hornet

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Hiller YH-32 Hornet in museum display

The Hiller YH-32 Hornet was built by Hiller Aircraft in the early 1950's. It was a small and unique design because it was powered by two Hiller 8RJ2B ramjet engines mounted on the rotor blade tips. Versions of the YH-32 Hornet were built for the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy in the early 1950's.

The Hiller Museum identifies the YH-32A, named the Sally Rand, as the first helicopter gunship.

Specifications (YH-32)

General characteristics

  • Crew: two pilots
  • Length: ()
  • Rotor diameter: 23 ft (6.9 m)
  • Height: 7 ft 10 in (2.4 m)
  • Disc area: 402 ft² (37.4 m²)
  • Empty weight: 544 lb (247 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 1,080 lb (490 kg)
  • Powerplant:Hiller 8RJ2B ramjets, 40 lbf (178 N) each



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Designation sequence
H-29 - H-30 - YH-31 - YH-32 - XH-33 - H-34 - H-35

See also

ja:YH32 ホーネット (航空機)