Pentecost E-III Hoppicopter - Pima ASM, Tucson, AZ
Posted by: kb7ywl
N 32° 08.375 W 110° 51.951
12S E 512651 N 3555915
Quick Description: Pentecost E-III Hoppicopter s/n none r/n none
Location: Arizona, United States
Date Posted: 3/13/2012 4:26:20 PM
Waymark Code: WMDZJ0
The Hoppicopter is a part of the long quest for a truly low-cost personal flying machine. It was designed by Horace Pentecost of Seattle, WA, during World War II. He marketed it to the US military as a replacement for the parachutes used by paratroops. The design consists of a small 20 horsepower motor powering two counter-rotating sets of rotor blades, strapped to the back of the pilot. The greatest weakness of the design was its use of the pilot's legs as landing gear. If he stumbled during landing or take-off the blades would quickly turn into thousands of potentially lethal splinters as they pounded themselves to bits on the ground. This was, quite correctly, seen as ridiculously hazardous and the idea was quickly abandoned.
The Hoppicopter was designed by Horace Pentecost of Seattle, Washington during World War II as a replacement for paratroopers' parachutes. Twin co-axial rotors were powered by a 20 hp engine.
A few test hops were made; however, relying on the pilots feet for landing gear was inherently dangerous. If the pilot stumbled on landing, the rotating rotors would quickly turn into thousands of lethal splinters.
An improved version was developed with landing gear.
Type of Aircraft: (make/model): Pentecost E-III Hoppicopter
Tail Number: (S/N): s/n unknown
Construction:: original aircraft
Location (park, airport, museum, etc.): Located in hangar 1N at Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson, AZ
inside / outside: inside
Pima Air & Space Museum
6000 E Valencia Rd
Tucson, Arizona 85756
Open 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Daily
Last admittance at 4:00 PM
$12.50-Pima Co Residents
FREE---Children 6 & under
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