Helicopter Saro P.531. Specifications. A photo.
Helicopter Saro P.531. Specifications. A photo.

Helicopter Saro P.531. Specifications. A photo.


Saro P.531 - British multi-purpose aircraft, developed by «Saunders-Roe» in 1958 year.


Photo Saro P.531


The Saro P.531 helicopter began to be created by British aviation specialists in 1957, while, at the same time, the Saro Skeeter helicopter model was taken as the basis, which in just a year of its operation demonstrated the high prospects of its capabilities. Nevertheless, the aircraft of the Saro P.531 model was supposed to become a civil aircraft capable of carrying people and small cargoes on board, however, due to the rather low popularity of this aircraft, it found application only in the military sphere, although at the initial design stage, the aircraft was not intended for this.

Its first flight model helicopter Saro P.531 implemented July 20 1958 years, at the same time a helicopter test trials were very successful, so that, even after a year the project went into production, which was just over one and a half years.


Saro P.531 photo


Experts believe that the low popularity of the aircraft Saro P.531 in the civil aviation sector due to the fact that the helicopter could not provide an effective passenger transportation in the commercial aviation sector, and at the same time, its ability to transport goods were very limited at that time, as in military aircraft could be used for patrol work, the implementation of observation flights and transportation of high-ranking military officials.

The cabin Saro P.531 aircraft can accommodate up to 5 people - two pilots and three passengers, and, in addition to the transportation of people on board, the helicopter Saro P.531 can also be used for transporting small cargo cabin, but, taking into account the limitations weight and dimensions, as in fact, the aircraft with its design is not intended as transport aircraft.

Helicopter powerplant Saro P.531 includes a gas turbine aircraft engine brand Blackburn-Turbomeca Turmo, having a capacity of hp 325 Current power plant has a rather high reliability, but very costly in terms of its maintenance, although it allows the helicopter to accelerate to a maximum speed of 195 km \ h. The maximum distance at which a helicopter Saro P.531 can make air travel is 390 kilometers.


Helicopter Saro P.531


The options of the helicopter:

  • Saro P.531 - A prototype of the aircraft;
  • Saro P.531-0 - The second variant of the prototype of the aircraft;
  • Saro P.531-2 - The military version of the aircraft.

Over the entire period of production, aircraft manufacturers of the «Saunders-Roe» was created 6 aircraft, of which only 3 instance survived to the present day.


Specifications Saro P.531.


  • Crew: 2 person;
  • Capacity: 3 person;
  • helicopter length: 8,84 m .;
  • The height of the helicopter: 2,9 m .;
  • The diameter of the rotor: 9,92 m .;
  • Weight of empty helicopter: 949 kg .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 1724 kg .;
  • Cruising speed: 175 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 195 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 390 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 3200 m .;
  • Powerplant: Blackburn-Turbomeca Turmo;
  • Power: 325 hp


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