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  • Kaman K-MAX

    1991










    Kaman K-MAX

    The Kaman K-1200 K-MAX aerial truck is the worlds first helicopter specifically designed for aerial crane work. Like its predecessor, the HH-43 Huskie, the K-Max is a synchrocopter, meaning that the two rotors are mounted side-by-side, but canted away from each other and their rotor-arcs intermesh. The prototype K-Max first flew on 23 December 1991, piloted by company test pilot Al Ashley. US FAA certification was awarded in September 1994.

    Thirty-eight K-Max helicopters are reported to have been built between 1991 and 2003, however, several have suffered mishaps or are unserviceable.
    In 2015 was announced the K-MAX was back in production after a 12 year gap with expected initial deliveries from 2017




    Specifications


    Engine: 1 x Lycoming T53-17 1800 shp
    Capacity: 1
    Length: (m) 15.8
    Height: (m) 4.14
    Blades: 2
    Rotor diam.: (m) 14.73
    Disc area: (m2) 340.9
    Weight: (kgs) Empty: 2177     Max: 5216
    Speed: (km/h) Cruise: 148     Max: 185
    Range: (km) 494
    Ceiling: (m)     Max: 8740
    Rate/Climb: (m/min) 750
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