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First flight

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The Chrysler VZ-6 was an American VTOL ducted-fan test vehicle designed and built by Chrysler for the United States Army Flying Jeep competition.[1][2]

Design and development

Ordered in 1958 two VZ-6s were built, it was a rectangular-shaped vehicle with two three-bladed propellers inset at the front and back.[2] The 500 hp Lycoming engine was located in the centre driving the ducted fan propellers.[2] It was also fitted with rubber skirts around the bottom edge of the vehicle similar to a hovercraft.[2]

Operational history

The VZ-6 started tethered flight tests in 1959, but these showed that the vehicle was overweight and underpowered with stability problems.[2] An attempt at a non-tethered flight resulted in the VZ-6 flipping completely over writing off the vehicle but the pilot escaped without any serious injuries.[2] Both VZ-6s were scrapped in 1960.[2]

Specifications

Data from [2]

General characteristics
  • Crew: 1
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  • Height: Script error: No such module "convert". [3]
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  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming , Script error: No such module "convert".
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See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

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References

Notes

  1. ^ Andrade 1979, p. 176
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "American airplanes - Ca - Ci". www.aerofiles.com. 15 August 2008. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  3. ^ a b Harding 1990, p.90.

Bibliography

  • Andrade, John (1979). U.S.Military Aircraft Designations and Serials since 1909. Midland Counties Publications. ISBN 0-904597-22-9. 
  • Harding, Stephen (1990). U.S Army Aircraft Since 1947. Shrewsbury, UK: Airlife Publishing. ISBN 1-85310-102-8. 
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