The helicopter Kaman K-225. Specifications. A photo.
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The helicopter Kaman K-225. Specifications. A photo.

The helicopter Kaman K-225. Specifications. A photo.

Kaman K-225 - a military helicopter pilot, developed in 1947, the aircraft manufacturer «Kaman Aircraft».

Photo Kaman K-225

The aircraft model Kaman K-225 were developed by American design engineers in 1945 year. Initially, the experts set out to create a small search and reconnaissance aircraft that can be used in the military sphere. The project was exclusively narrow-purpose, and therefore, the management «Kaman Aircraft» Aircraft Company had no hope for the great promise of this aircraft, but, ultimately, the release of the aircraft and all went to a single calculus.

The helicopter Kaman K-225 has an open structure and in fact, could not be used as a combat aircraft, however, thanks to the open frame construction, aircraft manufacturers managed to reduce the unladen weight of the aircraft, which made it possible to equip the helicopter less productive aircraft engines, thereby reducing and costs production of these helicopters.

Helicopter Kaman K-225 with a closed cabin

The Kaman K-225 helicopter made its first test flight in 1947, however, the military command of the US Armed Forces, in particular, the US Navy and the US Coast Guard, was not satisfied with the aircraft, and therefore the project was sent to revision, where he was still for a year and a half. Ultimately, specifically for the three US military departments, 5 aircraft of this model were built, which should have been tested for further production, or abandoned this project.

Because of its fairly small radius of action, the US naval forces, military US Air Force and US Coast Guard abandoned the purchase of helicopters of this model, and therefore the project was officially closed. Moreover, military experts and were not satisfied by the fact that the helicopter Kaman K-225 had a narrow focus of its use, which actually strongly limits its use.

On board his helicopter could not carry out the transportation of people and goods, thus, the aircraft crew consists of two people, one of which was occupied by the management of the aircraft, and the other carried out the observer function.

Cabin Kaman K-225

Depending on its version, the Kaman K-225 helicopter can be equipped with either a piston or a turboshaft engine. The standard powerplant of the helicopter includes one piston aircraft engine of the brand Lycoming O-435-2, which is capable of developing thrust in the 225 hp. and accelerate the aircraft to a speed of 117 km / h, and also provides the possibility of air travel at distances up to 200 kilometers.

Over the entire period of production, the American aircraft manufacturers 7 of aircraft have been built, including the following modifications and variations:

  • Kaman K-125 - A basic prototype of the helicopter, equipped with a power plant with a capacity of 125 hp .;
  • Kaman K-190 - An improved prototype of the aircraft;
  • Kaman K-225 - An improved version of the prototype Kaman K-190;
  • Kaman YH-22 - A test version of the helicopter, transferred for testing in the US Air Force;
  • Kaman XHTK-1 - Test version of the helicopter, transferred for testing in the US Navy;
  • Kaman XHTK-1G - A test version of the helicopter, transferred for testing in the United States Coast Guard.

Specifications Kaman K-225.

  • Crew: 2 person;
  • Capacity: none;
  • helicopter length: 6,84 m (depending on version).
  • The height of the helicopter: 3,35 m (depending on version).
  • The diameter of the rotor: 11,58 m (depending on version).
  • Weight of empty helicopter: 816 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 1226 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Cruising speed: 95 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight speed: 117 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight distance: 200 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 2800 m .;
  • Powerplant: Lycoming O-435-2 (depending on version);
  • Power: 225 hp (Depending on version).

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