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Bell Model 65

The Bell Model 65 Air Test Vehicle (ATV) was an experimental tilt-jet VTOL aircraft built by Bell using parts from a number of general aviation aircraft.

Bell used the fuselage of a Schweizer 1-23 glider with the wing of a Cessna 170 and the landing gear of a Bell 47 helicopter.

Two 1,000 lbf (4.4 kN) thrust Fairchild J44 turbojet engines, as used on drones, missiles and for JATO – were mounted one on each side of the aircraft under the wing.

These could be tilted from horizontal to vertical.

A Turbomeca Palouste turbo compressor powered small thrusters at the tail and wingtips to provide a reaction control system during hover.


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