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Airmaster

Airmaster Helicopters Ltd.


History

Airmaster Helicopters Ltd was formed in Camberley, Surrey by D.J. Fry in 1971 to design and manufacture the lightest, smallest, simplest and lowest cost two-seater helicopter. The resulting machine, the H2-B1, was a development of the American Helicom H-II Commuter, designed by Harold E. Emigh. Construction of the prototype H2-B1 commenced in September 1970, was completed in January 1972 and was first flown in February 1972. In mid-1972, the machine migrated to Redhill airfield in Surrey, UK, where it was to spend some time under the watchful eye of the Cierva Organisation, the object being to develop the machine into a production H2-B2 with streamlined fuselage and monocoque tailboom. However, things seemed to grind to a halt for one reason or another, not least of all being the winding up of the Cierva Organisation. The aircraft was subsequently seen at Blackbushe Airfield, Hampshire, by the autumn of 1977, where it was reported to be ‘long past airworthy’, the aircraft’s CofA having expired on February 13th 1973.

Company References
  1. British Private Aircraft, 1946-1970, Volume 2, Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume (Mushroom Model Publications, 2013)
  2. http://www.redbackaviation.com/british-h2-b1-airmaster-helicopter/




Project Data top

Project No
Type No
Name
Alternative Name(s)
Year
Spec (Requirement)
Status
Qty
Description
References
   H2-B1      1972    Proto  1  2S helicopter  1,2,3,4
   H2-B2      1972    Proj  0  2S helicopter  1,2,3,4

Project References
  1. British Civil Aircraft Since 1919, Vol 1, A.J. Jackson (Putnam, 1973)
  2. Flight 1 Feb 1973
  3. British Private Aircraft, 1946-1970, Volume 2, Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume (Mushroom Model Publications, 2013
  4. http://www.redbackaviation.com/british-h2-b1-airmaster-helicopter/



Production Data

One aircraft only : G-AYNS, c/n 1. First flew September, 1972.

   Total Airmaster Production     1   

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