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The "Hummingbird" Flying Platform


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The creator of the "Hummingbird", Rafi Yoeli of Isreal considered this machine to be a safe and truly simple-to-operate personal Vertical Take Off & Landing vehicle. It was inspired by an original 1950's idea from the Hiller Company. The design was based on the use of a ducted fan, powered by four small internal combustion engines. The operator, standing on top, controled the vehicle by merely shifting his or her weight. A ballistically deployed emergency parachute unit was available as an optional extra.

SPECIFICATIONS

Width/Diameter2.2 m (7.2 ft)
Height1.9 m (4.2 ft)
Empty Weight145 kg (320 lbs)
Max. Gross Weight260 kg (572 lbs)
Fuel Capacity19 liters (4.8 gal)
EnginesFour Hirth F33-15A
Electric StartBy Ground Assistance
Max. Speed40 knots
Max. Hover Height5000 feet
Endurance30 minutes




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