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Anyone know which FAA type certificated helicopter had retractable skids?

 

I was doing some research for a story and came across some cool facts from long ago!

 

Goldy

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Anyone know which FAA type certificated helicopter had retractable skids?

 

Goldy

Bell 209

Way older and much more obscure!.

Lockheed 286?

Prototype AH1G

 

 

The Bell 209/AH-1G prototype came out in 1965; however, it was modified for production and the retractable skids were replaced with fixed skids. I don’t think the FAA ever certificated the Bell 209/AH-1G, with retractable skids, for civil operation.

 

Lockheed’s XH-51 lead to the Lockheed L-286 with retractable skids and was certificated for civil operation in 1966, TC HSWE. The L-286 may have been the first to receive FAA certification (Normal Category Helicopter).

 

The Bell 47 was the first to receive CAA certificated for civil operation in 1946 TC H-1. It later became the first helicopter with skid landing gear.

 

So he's saying, it must be some other helicopter between the years 1946 - 1966

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Lockheed’s XH-51 lead to the Lockheed L-286 with retractable skids and was certificated for civil operation in 1966, TC HSWE. The L-286 may have been the first to receive FAA certification (Normal Category Helicopter).

 

I think what I am saying is Bingo! The 286 was FAA certified and had retractable skids. What a cool idea that was in 1966! If you look at military projects in the 60's they did a lot of cool stuff with helicopters.

 

I think Counterrotate had it first...

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