American Helicopter XH-26

  Manufacturer:American Helicopter
  Base model:H-26
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1948-Present
  Basic role:Helicopter

  Length: 12' 3" 3.7 m
  Height:6' 2" 1.8 m
  Empty Weight: 300 lb 136 kg
  Gross Weight: 710 lb 321 kg

  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: American Helicopter XPJ49-AH-3
  Thrust (each): 35 lb 15 kg

  Range: 100 miles 161 km
  Cruise Speed: 70 mph 112 km/h 60 kt
  Max Speed: 80 mph 128 km/h 69 kt
  Ceiling: 7,500 ft 2,285 m

Known serial numbers
50-1840 / 50-1841, 52-7476 / 52-7478

Examples of this type may be found at
United States Army Aviation MuseumOzarkAlabama


Recent comments by our visitors
 , OTH
02/28/2008 @ 23:51 [ref: 19807]
 Robert Platt Bell
 Aurora, New York, NY
There is an article about the XH-26 "Jet Jeep" in the April 1954 issue of Mechanix Illustrated (pages 84-85). I have only a bad photocopy of it. You may be able to locate a better copy in the Library of Congress or other library. (also, check the American Helicopter Association in Alexandria, VA, and/or the research archives at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum).

One interesting feature noted of the "jet jeep":

"Rear-mounted directional control rotor is unconventional, having a single counterbalanced blade"

Single blade propellers were known in the art, and there was an interesting article on this in a recent Sport Aviation magazine. As far as I know, though, this is one of the few applications where a one-bladed prop was used.

I have heard that the noise the wing-tip pulse jets made was deafening.


06/15/2006 @ 06:25 [ref: 13522]
 Robert F. Dorr
 Oakton, VA
I have a beautiful 8x10" black and white photo of XH-26 no. 50-1840 that I received from American Helicopter Co. in 1954. I'm amazed that this photo has lasted so well. I would like to hear from anyone who has knowledge of what happened to this helicopter and to the company that built it.

Robert F. Dorr
Oakton, Virginia
Author of "Air Force One"
11/11/2004 @ 19:15 [ref: 8608]
 piet van cruijningen
 , YT
here is a small page about the xh-26

p.s. the State / Province option other does not work
i DONT live in yukon but in the netherlands!
11/19/2001 @ 15:35 [ref: 3673]


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