Today in History – October 23, 1952 – First flight of the Hughes XH-17

23 October 1952 – The Hughes XH-17 “Flying Crane” was the first helicopter project for the helicopter division of Hughes Aircraft Company. The XH-17, which had a two-bladed main rotor system with a diameter of 134 feet (41 m), still holds the world record for flying with the largest rotor system. It was capable of flying at a gross weight of more than 50,000 pounds (23,000 kg) but proved too inefficient and cumbersome to be mass-produced beyond the prototype unit. (1)

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