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 Aérienne 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

53sycamore
2Sycamore 1
1Sycamore 2
37mk.52




Construction Numbers Help Us

Airframes conv to new variant
C/NBuilt asYearHistory
Filter    
    12835     Sycamore 1 1947 Royal Air Force VL958 : ff 24 Jul 1947 built to Air Min Spec E.20/45
    12836     Sycamore 1 1947 Royal Air Force VL963 : G-ALOU, VL963 ff Feb 1948, w/o 8 Sep 1953 Farnborough, +
    12869     Sycamore 2 1948 Royal Air Force VW905 : built to Air Min Spec E.34/46 G-AJGU, VW905 and ff Sep +
    12888 1948 Royal Air Force 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 Army Air Corps WA578 : (G-ALSU), WA578, 1st military version. Became HC.10 pro+
    12892 G-ALSX : Built at Filton. Sea trials on HMS Triumph during 1952,+
Acquired May 1969 by the British Rotorcraft Collection,+
12Jul15 pictured at International Helicopter Museum, We+
    12894 Royal Australian Air Force 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+
    13063 Fleet Air Arm (RAN) XA219 : Built as Sycamore HR.50
    13064 1952 Fleet Air Arm (RAN) XA220 : Built as Sycamore HR.50
preserved at Fleet Air Arm Museum, Nowra in silver over+
    13065 Fleet Air Arm (RAN) XA221 : Built as Sycamore HR.50
    13066 Fleet Air Arm XD196 : Sycamore HR.13 (for ASR evaluation)
    13067 Fleet Air Arm XD197 : Sycamore HR.13 (second of 2 built for ASR evaluation)
    13071 1953 Fleet Air Arm (RAN) XD653 : Built as HR.51 Allocated G-AMWJ (not used). Delivered t+
XD653 : to Fleet Air Arm Museum, Nowra, in Navy colours as XD65+
    13145 1952 Royal Air Force XE307 : HR.14 dd Jan 1953. Crashed and w/o in Cyprus, c 8nm SE +
    13146 1953 Fleet Air Arm (RAN) XD654 : Built as HR.51 at Filton. Delivered to RN 1954. To RAN +
Ditched alongside RN HMS Hermes while operating from HM+
    13147 1953 Fleet Air Arm (RAN) XD655 : Built as HR.51 at Filton. Delivered to RN 1954. To RAN +
    13148 1954 Fleet Air Arm (RAN) XD656 : Built as HR.51 at Filton. Delivered to RN 1954. To RAN +
    13150 1953 Royal Air Force XE309 : HR.14 Aden Protectorate Communication and Support Squa+
    13152 1953 Royal Air Force XE311 : Post-landing fire at Butterworth with 110 Sq on 4 Apr 1+
    13198 Royal Air Force 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+
    13199 1954 Force Aérienne Belge B-1 : Built as HR.14B, G-AMWP. To FAB with call sign OT-ZKA. +
    13200 1954 Force Aérienne Belge B-2 : Built as HR.14B, G-AMWR. To FAB with call sign OT-ZKB.
Burned, Aug 1960.
    13201 1954 Force Aérienne Belge B-3 : Built as HR.14B, G-AMWS. To FAB with call sign OT-ZKC. +
    13221 1954 Royal Air Force XE319 : w/o 21feb59 crashed following main rotor failure south +
    13222 1954 Royal Air Force XE320 : crashed after loss of control near Peplow on 13 Oct 196+
    13224 1954 Royal Air Force XE322 : crashed in river in Malaya after aborted take off 20 Ma+
    13226 1954 Royal Air Force XF266 : 194Sq after Oct 1954, 110 Sq after 1960, struck off cha+
    13227 1954 Royal Air Force XF267 : w/o 27feb59 crashed following main rotor failure 3.5nm +
    13242 1956 Royal Air Force 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+
Boscombe Down Aviation Collection XJ380 : to Boscombe Down Aviation Collection Jun 2007. Restorat+
    13245 1954 Royal Air Force 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 Royal Air Force XG501 : HR.14 dd 9 Mar 1955. 275 Sq. While operating from RAF +
    13247 1955 Royal Air Force XG502 : RAF Sycamore HR.14 d/d 04mar55; preserved at Army Museu+
    13269 Royal Air Force XG509 : Struck ground in turn and rolled at Ternhill on 13 Feb +
    13271 Royal Air Force XG511 : Rotor struck ships mast during rescue and crashed off F+
    13272 Royal Air Force XG512 : Rotors struck ground after nosewheel collapsed on landi+
    13368 Royal Air Force XG514 : Rolled during sloping ground practice at Ternhill on 10+
    13371 Royal Air Force XG517 : Rotors struck ground on landing at Tobruk on 23 Aug 196+
    13372 1955 Royal Air Force 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 Royal Air Force XG520 : built at Filton, dd 14 Nov 1955. Rolled over at South C+
    13375 1955 Royal Air Force XG521 : HR.14 dd Nov 1955. crashed and w/o 13 Oct 1961 at RAF +
    13376 1955 Royal Air Force XG522 : HR.14 dd Dec 1955. crashed in Pahang State, Peninsular+
    13377 1955 Royal Air Force 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 Royal Air Force 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 Royal Air Force XG545 : Built at Weston-super-Mare as HR.14. 275 Sq. Ditched in+
    13387 1956 Royal Air Force XG547 : Built at Weston-super-Mare as HR.14. 284 Sq/5 by Nov 19+
RAF Sycamore HR.14; 11sep10 pictured preserved at Musee+
    13409 Royal Air Force XJ915 : CFS(H)/B-S by 1965, Damaged at Ternhill during practice+
    13411     mk.52 Luftwaffe 78+01 : Luftwaffe
    13412 1956 Royal Air Force XJ917 : In Rescue c/s at RAF Turnhouse 1958; CFS/S-H by Sep 196+
Flambards Experience XJ917 : To Cornwall Aero Park (at least 1979 to 1985)
XJ917 : Bristol Aero Collection; Kemble 2000 to May 2012; Brist+
    13414 Royal Air Force XJ918 : RAF Sycamore HR.14; preserved Cosford RAF Museum
RAF - Displayed at Farnborough Airshow 1968
    13415 1956 Royal Air Force XL820 : HR.14 dd Feb 1957. Crashed near Tern Hill while with CF+
    13416     mk.52 Luftwaffe 78+02 : Luftwaffe
    13439     mk.52 Luftwaffe 78+03 : Luftwaffe
    13442     mk.52 1958 Marineflieger WE+541 : coming from RVSt 2 last seen 78+04 Museum Berlin Gatow
Luftwaffe 78+04 : Luftwaffe
    13443     mk.52 Luftwaffe 78+05 : Luftwaffe
    13445     mk.52 1958 Marineflieger WE+542 : coming from RVSt 2 last seen D-HAHN Museum Bad Oynhause+
Luftwaffe 78+06 : Luftwaffe
    13446     mk.52 1958 Marineflieger WE+543 : coming from FFS S last seen HFM Mellinghausen
Luftwaffe 78+07 : Luftwaffe
    13458 1958 Marineflieger SC+206 : coming from RVSt 2 w/o
    13459     mk.52 Luftwaffe 78+08 : Luftwaffe
    13460 1957 Royal Air Force XL826 : 275 Sq by Jan 1959, CFS(H)/A-S Ternhill by 1963. w/o 28+
    13461     mk.52 Luftwaffe 78+09 : Luftwaffe
78+09 : 25aug93 seen displayed at Vienna Schwechat Airport, Aus+
Jun13 at Bad Voslau, Austria 25km SW Vienna Flugplatz V+
    13462     mk.52 Luftwaffe 78+10 : Luftwaffe
    13463     mk.52 1958 Marineflieger 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+
Luftwaffe 78+11 : Luftwaffe
    13465     mk.52 1958 Marineflieger WE+544 : coming from FFS S last seen LRDE
Luftwaffe 78+12 : Luftwaffe
    13466     mk.52 1958 Luftwaffe 78+13 : Luftwaffe
    13467 1958 Marineflieger SC+210 : coming from FFS S w/o
    13470     mk.52 Luftwaffe 78+14 : Luftwaffe
    13471 Royal Air Force XL828 : Built at Weston-super-Mare as HR.14 Destroyed by groun+
    13472     mk.52 Luftwaffe 78+15 : Luftwaffe
    13473     mk.52 Luftwaffe 78+16 : Luftwaffe
Marineflieger WE+543 : fake serial preserved Nordholz museum
    13474 1957 Royal Air Force 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 Marineflieger SC+206 : coming from HTG 64 last seen "RAF XG544"
Luftwaffe 78+17 : Luftwaffe
    13476     mk.52 Luftwaffe 78+18 : Luftwaffe
    13477     mk.52 Luftwaffe 78+19 : Luftwaffe
    13478     mk.52 1958 Marineflieger WE+546 : last seen Museum Bueckeburg
Luftwaffe 78+20 : Luftwaffe
    13479     mk.52 1958 Marineflieger WE+547 : last seen Museum Hermeskeil
Luftwaffe 78+21 : Luftwaffe
    13480     mk.52 1958 Marineflieger WE+548 : w/o 10.74
Luftwaffe 78+22 : Luftwaffe
    13481     mk.52 1958 Marineflieger WE+549 : last seen pres GAF-Base Ahlhorn
Luftwaffe 78+23 : Luftwaffe
    13482     mk.52 Luftwaffe 78+24 : Luftwaffe
    13483     mk.52 Luftwaffe 78+25 : Luftwaffe
    13484     mk.52 Luftwaffe 78+26 : Luftwaffe
    13485     mk.52 Luftwaffe 78+27 : Luftwaffe
    13486     mk.52 Luftwaffe 78+28 : Luftwaffe
    13487     mk.52 Luftwaffe 78+29 : Luftwaffe
    13489     mk.52 Luftwaffe LB+105 : Luftwaffe re registered to 78+30; see c/n 13503 for pre+
Luftwaffe 78+30 : Luftwaffe
    13491     mk.52 Luftwaffe 78+31 : Luftwaffe
    13492     mk.52 Luftwaffe 78+32 : Luftwaffe
    13493     mk.52 Luftwaffe 78+33 : Luftwaffe
    13494     mk.52 Luftwaffe 78+34 : Luftwaffe
    13496     mk.52 Luftwaffe 78+35 : Luftwaffe
    13501     mk.52 Luftwaffe 78+36 : Luftwaffe
    13503     mk.52 Luftwaffe 78+37 : Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe LB+105 : Fake serial preserved at Landsberg original LB+105 was +
2013 still preserved Landsberg
    13504 1959 Fleet Air Arm (RAN) XN449 : Built as Type 171 Mk4 Sycamore HR.51 at Weston-super-Ma+
    13505 1958 Fleet Air Arm (RAN) XN450 : built at Weston-super-Mare, UK as HR.51 ex G-18-178. La+
XN450 : to Business Aviation Bankstown Sep 1965. Preserved at B+
93 C/N found.

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