Bristol sycamore


sycamore
Type 171 Sycamore first flew 27 Jul 1947 against spec E.20/45 with a Wasp engine. A Mk.2 prototype (against spec E.34/46) flew with a Leonides 71 engine. In all, 178 built in 13 marks, 65 as HR.14 and 50 as the Mk.52 for export.

British Army used HC.10 and HC.11, RAF used HR.12, HR.13 and HR.14. RAN used HR.50 and HR.51. The Luftwaffe took delivery of the Mk.52.


Specifications

Engine: 1 x
Capacity: 1 + 4
Length: (m) 18.62
Height: (m) 4.23
Blades: 3
Rotor diam.: (m) 14.8
Disc area: (m2) 172.1
Weight: (kgs) Empty: 1730     Max: 2450
Speed: (km/h)     Max: 227
Range: (km) 431
Ceiling: (m) 4725
Rate/Climb: (m/min)

Derivatives

ModelYearHistory
Sycamore 1 1947 Type 171 Sycamore first flew 27 Jul 1947 against spec E.20/45 with a Wasp engine. Two built.
Sycamore 2 1948 A single Type 171 Mk.2 prototype, (against spec E.34/46) flew with a Leonides 71 engine.
Sycamore Mk.52 1958

Organisations

From Organisation with model sycamore
1951
australia Royal Australian Air Force
    2 1951/65
1953
australia Fleet Air Arm (RAN)
    14 1953/66
united kingdom British European Airways
    2 1953/60
united kingdom Royal Air Force
    93 1953/72
1954
belgium Force AĆ©rienne Belge
    3 1954/60
1957
germany Luftwaffe
    46 1957/69
1958
germany Marineflieger
    4 1958/66
1979
united kingdom Flambards Experience
    1 1979/85
1980
united kingdom newark (notts & lincs) air museum ltd.
    1 1980/now
2007
united kingdom Boscombe Down Aviation Collection
    1 2007/now
Construction Numbers on database of sycamore or its versions

55sycamore
2Sycamore 1
1Sycamore 2
37mk.52




Construction Numbers Help Us

C/NBuilt asYearHistory
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12835 Sycamore 1 1947 VL958 : ff 24 Jul 1947 built to Air Min Spec E.20/45
12836 Sycamore 1 1947 VL963 : G-ALOU, VL963 ff Feb 1948, w/o 8 Sep 1953 Farnborough, +
12869 Sycamore 2 1948 VW905 : built to Air Min Spec E.34/46 G-AJGU, VW905 and ff Sep +
12888 1948 WA577 : 3rd production Sycamore. Allocated G-ALST (ntu) by Jun +
WA577 North East Aircraft Museum : to North East Aircraft Museum in early 1980s. Still pre+
12889 WA578 : (G-ALSU), WA578, 1st military version. Became HC.10 pro+
12892 1951 G-ALSX : Built at Filton. Sea trials on HMS Triumph during 1952,+
Acquired May 1969 by the British Rotorcraft Collection,+
transferred to Imperial War Museum Duxford on 5 Feb 197+
12Jul15 pictured at International Helicopter Museum, We+
12894 A90-1 : Ex G-ALSZ and WV695. Allocated A80-2 (but never applied+
VH-GVR : Registered VH-GVR 10 Jun 1966 to 25 Jan 1967, when dama+
12898 1950 G-ALTD : reg G-ALTD to Bristol Aeroplane Co on 17 Nov 1950; tran+
WV781 : HR.12, based at St Eval by 1952
noted visiting on 7 Jul 1952
participated in 1959 Bleriot Air Race (Marble Arch, Lon+
to Odiham as G I 7839M 1964, still 1981
WV781 : to Caernarfon Air World museum by 1990; cockpit section+
13063 XA219 : Built as Sycamore HR.50
13064 1952 XA220 : Built as Sycamore HR.50
preserved at Fleet Air Arm Museum, Nowra in silver over+
13065 XA221 : Built as Sycamore HR.50
13066 XD196 : Sycamore HR.13 (for ASR evaluation)
13067 XD197 : Sycamore HR.13 (second of 2 built for ASR evaluation)
13070 1952 G-AMWI : Built Filton. Prototype Sycamore Mk.4 ff May 1953. (mar+
XR592 : converted to HR.51, sold to RAN May 1961 and XR592 allo+
VH-BAW : VH-BAW stored, wfu 14/08/1972
XR592 : 1979 Camden Museum of Aviation, restored to RAN marking+
Still with the Thomas Collection (at Narellan), by 2008+
13071 1953 XD653 : Built as HC.51 Allocated G-AMWJ (not used). Delivered t+
to Fleet Air Arm Museum, Nowra, in Navy colours as XD65+
13145 1952 XE307 : HR.14 dd Jan 1953. Crashed and w/o in Cyprus, c 8nm SE +
13146 1953 XD654 : Built as HR.51 at Filton. Delivered to RN 1954. To RAN +
Ditched alongside RN HMS Hermes while operating from HM+
13147 1953 XD655 : Built as HR.51 at Filton. Delivered to RN 1954. To RAN +
13148 1954 XD656 : Built as HR.51 at Filton. Delivered to RN 1954. To RAN +
13150 1953 XE309 : HR.14 Aden Protectorate Communication and Support Squa+
13152 1953 XE311 : Post-landing fire at Butterworth with 110 Sq on 4 Apr 1+
13198 XE317 : RAF Sycamore HR.14
XE317 : may78 pres Newark Air Museum in CFS c/s coded S-N - pho+
Pres at Firbeck, Yorkshire present jul97 photo www.airp+
under restoration at South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum, D+
13199 1954 B-1 : Built as HR.14B, G-AMWP. To FAB with call sign OT-ZKA. +
13200 1954 B-2 : Built as HR.14B, G-AMWR. To FAB with call sign OT-ZKB.
Burned, Aug 1960.
13201 1954 B-3 : Built as HR.14B, G-AMWS. To FAB with call sign OT-ZKC. +
13221 1954 XE319 : w/o 21feb59 crashed following main rotor failure south +
13222 1954 XE320 : crashed after loss of control near Peplow on 13 Oct 196+
13224 1954 XE322 : crashed in river in Malaya after aborted take off 20 Ma+
13226 1954 XF266 : 194Sq after Oct 1954, 110 Sq after 1960, struck off cha+
13227 1954 XF267 : w/o 27feb59 crashed following main rotor failure 3.5nm +
13242 1956 XJ380 : dd RAF as HR.14 on 22 Oct 1956;275 Sq; 228 Sq; CFS; Cat+
XJ380 Private ownership : private owner in Drighlington, S. Yorks by 1988; to Ne+
XJ380 : to Boscombe Down Aviation Collection Jun 2007. Restorat+
13245 1954 XG500 : HR.14 ff Jan 1955, dd Feb 1955 JEHU-JHU/1 by Oct 1956
Tail rotor failure on landing 14 Dec 1961, a/c abandone+
13246 1955 XG501 : HR.14 dd 9 Mar 1955. 275 Sq. While operating from RAF +
13247 1955 XG502 : RAF Sycamore HR.14 d/d 04mar55; preserved at Army Museu+
XG502 : HR.14, Gate Guardian at AAC Middle Wallop
13269 XG509 : Struck ground in turn and rolled at Ternhill on 13 Feb +
13271 XG511 : Rotor struck ships mast during rescue and crashed off F+
13272 XG512 : Rotors struck ground after nosewheel collapsed on landi+
13368 XG514 : Rolled during sloping ground practice at Ternhill on 10+
13371 XG517 : Rotors struck ground on landing at Tobruk on 23 Aug 196+
13372 1955 XG518 : HR.14 dd Oct 1955. Amman Stn Flt, Habbinya Stn Flt, El +
XG518 North East Aircraft Museum : to North East Aircraft Museum 15 Mar 1983, still Sep 19+
to Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum before 2000, still+
13374 1955 XG520 : built at Filton, dd 14 Nov 1955. Rolled over at South C+
13375 1955 XG521 : HR.14 dd Nov 1955. crashed and w/o 13 Oct 1961 at RAF +
13376 1955 XG522 : HR.14 dd Dec 1955. crashed in Pahang State, Peninsular+
13377 1955 XG523 : JEHU-JHU/5 by Oct 1956; CFS-H/V, heavy landing w/o on 2+
XG523 : Nose section preserved at Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation +
13384 1956 XG544 : Built at Filton, dd 14 Dec 1956, 275 Sq Feb 1957, 72 Sq+
XG544 Torbay Aircraft Museum : Flew into Barton Pines on 11 Aug 1972 as one of foundin+
13385 1956 XG545 : Built at Weston-super-Mare as HR.14. 275 Sq. Ditched in+
13387 1956 XG547 : Built at Weston-super-Mare as HR.14. 284 Sq/5 by Nov 19+
G-HAPR : To British Rotorcraft Museum by Jun 1979; Reg. cancelle+
XG547 : RAF Sycamore HR.14; 11sep10 pictured preserved at Musee+
13409 XJ915 : CFS(H)/B-S by 1965, Damaged at Ternhill during practice+
13411 mk.52 78+01 : Luftwaffe
13412 1956 XJ917 : In Rescue c/s at RAF Turnhouse 1958; CFS/S-H by Sep 196+
XJ917 : To Cornwall Aero Park (at least 1979 to 1985)
XJ917 : Bristol Aero Collection; Kemble 2000 to May 2012; Brist+
13414 XJ918 : RAF Sycamore HR.14; preserved Cosford RAF Museum
RAF - Displayed at Farnborough Airshow 1968
194 Sq by Nov 1959; 32 Sq by Sep 1970
11Jun17 pictured at RAF Museum Cosford
13415 1956 XL820 : HR.14 dd Feb 1957. Crashed near Tern Hill while with CF+
13416 mk.52 78+02 : Luftwaffe
13439 mk.52 78+03 : Luftwaffe
13442 mk.52 1958 WE+541 : coming from RVSt 2 last seen 78+04 Museum Berlin Gatow
78+04 : Luftwaffe
13443 mk.52 78+05 : Luftwaffe
13445 mk.52 1958 WE+542 : coming from RVSt 2 last seen D-HAHN Museum Bad Oynhause+
78+06 : Luftwaffe
13446 mk.52 1958 WE+543 : coming from FFS S last seen HFM Mellinghausen
78+07 : Luftwaffe
13458 1958 SC+206 : coming from RVSt 2 w/o
13459 mk.52 78+08 : Luftwaffe
13460 1957 XL826 : 275 Sq by Jan 1959, CFS(H)/A-S Ternhill by 1963. w/o 28+
13461 mk.52 78+09 : Luftwaffe
ex HTG.64 WGAF. On display at Vienna International Air+
78+09 : 25aug93 seen displayed at Vienna Schwechat Airport, Aus+
Jun13 at Bad Voslau, Austria 25km SW Vienna Flugplatz V+
13462 mk.52 78+10 : Luftwaffe
13463 mk.52 1958 SC+205 : coming from Flugbereitscft BMVg w/o inc.
ex G-18-147; To LC+114, AS+322, 78+11, D-HFRO; w/o Ma+
78+11 : Luftwaffe
13465 mk.52 1958 WE+544 : coming from FFS S last seen LRDE
78+12 : Luftwaffe
13466 mk.52 1958 78+13 : Luftwaffe
13467 1958 SC+210 : coming from FFS S w/o
13470 mk.52 78+14 : Luftwaffe
13471 XL828 : Built at Weston-super-Mare as HR.14 Destroyed by groun+
13472 mk.52 78+15 : Luftwaffe
13473 mk.52 78+16 : Luftwaffe
WE+543 : fake serial preserved Nordholz museum
13474 1957 XL829 : HR.14 dd Dec 1957. Khormaksar SAR Flt until Mar 1964, r+
XL829 : In storage at Bristol City Museum from Dec 1971. To Bri+
To IHM Weston-super-Mare in Oct 2007
13475 mk.52 1958 SC+206 : coming from HTG 64 last seen "RAF XG544"
78+17 : Luftwaffe
13476 mk.52 78+18 : Luftwaffe
13477 mk.52 78+19 : Luftwaffe
13478 mk.52 1958 WE+546 : last seen Museum Bueckeburg
78+20 : Luftwaffe
13479 mk.52 1958 WE+547 : last seen Museum Hermeskeil
78+21 : Luftwaffe
13480 mk.52 1958 WE+548 : w/o 10.74
78+22 : Luftwaffe
13481 mk.52 1958 WE+549 : last seen pres GAF-Base Ahlhorn
78+23 : Luftwaffe
13482 mk.52 78+24 : Luftwaffe
13483 mk.52 78+25 : Luftwaffe
13484 mk.52 78+26 : Luftwaffe
13485 mk.52 78+27 : Luftwaffe
13486 mk.52 78+28 : Luftwaffe
13487 mk.52 78+29 : Luftwaffe
13489 mk.52 LB+105 : Luftwaffe re registered to 78+30; see c/n 13503 for pre+
78+30 : Luftwaffe
13491 mk.52 78+31 : Luftwaffe
13492 mk.52 78+32 : Luftwaffe
13493 mk.52 78+33 : Luftwaffe
13494 mk.52 78+34 : Luftwaffe
13496 mk.52 78+35 : Luftwaffe
13501 mk.52 78+36 : Luftwaffe
13503 mk.52 78+37 : Luftwaffe
LB+105 : Fake serial preserved at Landsberg original LB+105 was +
2013 still preserved Landsberg
13504 1959 XN449 : Built as Type 171 Mk4 Sycamore HR.51 at Weston-super-Ma+
13505 1958 XN450 : built at Weston-super-Mare, UK as HR.51 ex G-18-178. La+
XN450 : 1979 Camden Museum of Aviation, in RAN marks /848
to Business Aviation Bankstown Sep 1965. Preserved at B+
95 C/N.

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