AAI Penetrator

Specifications

1st Flight 1991

Main rotor Diameter – 44 ft.

Tail Rotor Diameter – 9 ft.

Fuselage Length – 48 ft.

Maximum Height  – 13.66 ft.

Wing Span – 20 ft.

Wheel Track (Skids) – 8.5 ft.

Wheel Track (Landing Gear) – 12 ft.

Weights

Empty Weight – 5,200 lbs.

Maximum Internal Fuel – 1,600 lbs.

Crew (4) – 800 lbs.

Maximum Ordnance – 2,500 lbs.

Cabin Payload – 1,600 lbs.

Cabin Payload – 8 soldiers

Max. Gross Take Off Weight – 9,500 lbs.

Performance

Hover In Ground Effect – 13,600 ft.

Hover Out Ground Effect – 4,000 ft.

Rate of Climb – 1,800 fpm.

Cruise Speed – 130 kts.

Maximum Speed – 150 kts.

Maximum Range – 400 nm.

Maximum Endurance – 3.5 hrs.

Variants

Only 1 single Bell UH-1 was used to convert to the 3 models making this the most rebuilt Bell air frame to date.

Named The Aggressor, The Penetrator, The Stealth Star.

A single prototype was built in 1991 but the manufacturer never won any contracts for production.

It was first designed by the American Aircraft Corporation (AAC) and was marketed by a separate company, American Aircraft International (AAI).

The prototype aircraft was overhauled by Lt. Col Robert Laura’s  ‘Aerocraft R&D & Kulair’ in 2004 and is now known as the Stealth Star.

 

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