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AEG Helicopter

The A.E.G. helicopter, designed by R. Schmidt in 1933, bore a striking resemblance to the Petroczy-Karman aircraft utilized during World War I.

To ensure stability, the A.E.G. was secured to the ground by a system of three tethering cables, allowing it to function as an observation post or provide aerial support when necessary.

The co-axial contra-rotating two-bladed rotors were powered by an electric motor positioned between them.

These rotors received power through the three anchoring cables, which were attached to girder-type arms fixed above the upper rotor.

These tethering girders provided support for the observer’s cabin.

In the event of engine failure, the observer could escape using a parachute propelled into the air by a powder charge.

To transport the helicopter to its designated location, a specialised truck equipped with a launching stand and control desk was utilised.

Despite successful trials, it seems that the AEG helicopter was not adopted for military use, likely due to the impracticality of sourcing a significant electric current supply.


Max take-off weight

1,225 kg (2,701 lb)

1 × AEG Electric motor,

150 kW (200 hp)
Main rotor diameter

2 × 7.92 m (26 ft 0 in)
Main rotor area

98.5 m2 (1,060 sq ft) Contra-rotating

Service ceiling

1,000 m (3,300 ft)


Die Deutsche Luftrüstung 1933-1945 – Vol.1-H Nowarra.


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