Rotorcraft World Records

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Current Rotorcraft World Records
Sub-class : E-1 (Helicopters)
Category : General
Group 2 : turbine

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additional documents available Altitude in horizontal flight : 11 010 m

Date of flight: 04/11/1971
Pilot: James K. CHURCH (USA)
Course/place: Stratford, CT (USA)

Rotorcraft:
Sikorsky CH-54-B

Database ID 9918
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Altitude with 1 000 kg payload : 9 499 m

Date of flight: 26/10/1971
Pilot: Brendan P. BLACKWELL (USA)
Course/place: Stratford, CT (USA)

Rotorcraft:
Sikorsky CH-54-B

Database ID 9896
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Altitude with 10 000 kg payload : 6 400 m

Date of flight: 02/02/1982
Pilot: G. KARAPETIAN (USSR)
Crew: Y. CHAPAEV
Course/place: Podmoskovnoe (USSR)

Rotorcraft:
MIL Mi-26

Database ID 9902
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Altitude with 15 000 kg payload : 5 600 m

Date of flight: 04/02/1982
Pilot: S. PETROV (USSR)
Crew: A. CHETVERIK
Course/place: Podmoskovnoe (USSR)

Rotorcraft:
MIL Mi-26

Database ID 9904
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Altitude with 2 000 kg payload : 8 761 m

Date of flight: 24/04/1965
Pilot: Ulyess V. BROWN (USA)
Course/place: Stratford, CT (USA)

Rotorcraft:
Sikorsky CH-54-A

Database ID 9899
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Altitude with 2 000 kg payload : 9 595 m

Date of flight: 29/10/1971
Pilot: Eugene E. PRICE (USA)
Course/place: Stratford, CT (USA)

Rotorcraft:
Sikorsky CH-54-B

Database ID 9898
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Altitude with 20 000 kg payload : 4 600 m

Date of flight: 04/02/1982
Pilot: A. KHOLOUPOV (USSR)
Course/place: Podmoskovnoe (USSR)

Rotorcraft:
MIL Mi-26

Database ID 9906
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Altitude with 25 000 kg payload : 4 100 m

Date of flight: 03/02/1982
Pilot: G. ALFIEROV (USSR)
Crew: L. INDEEV
Course/place: Podmoskovnoe (USSR)

Rotorcraft:
MIL Mi-26

Database ID 9909
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Altitude with 30 000 kg payload : 2 951 m

Date of flight: 22/02/1969
Pilot: Vasily KOLOCHENKO (USSR)
Crew: L.V. VLASSOV, V.V. JURAVLIOV, V.P. BARTCHENKOV,S.G. RIBALKO, A.I. KRUTCHKOV
Course/place: Podmoskovnoe (USSR)

Rotorcraft:
V-12

Database ID 9915
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Altitude with 35 000 kg payload : 2 255 m

Date of flight: 06/08/1969
Pilot: Vasily KOLOCHENKO (USSR)
Crew: L.V. VLASSOV, V.V. JURAVLEV, V.P. BARTCHENKOV, S.G. RIBALKO, A.I. KRUTCHKOV
Course/place: Podmoskovnoe (USSR)

Rotorcraft:
V-12

Database ID 9916
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Altitude with 40 000 kg payload : 2 255 m

Date of flight: 06/08/1969
Pilot: Vasily KOLOCHENKO (USSR)
Crew: L.V. VLASSOV, V.V. JURAVLEV, V.P. BARTCHENKOV, S.G. RIBALKO, A.I. KRUTCHKOV
Course/place: Podmoskovnoe (USSR)

Rotorcraft:
V-12

Database ID 9917
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Altitude with 5 000 kg payload : 7 778 m

Date of flight: 27/10/1971
Pilot: Eugene E. PRICE (USA)
Course/place: Stratford, CT (USA)

Rotorcraft:
Sikorsky CH-54-B

Database ID 9900
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Altitude without payload : 12 442 m

Date of flight: 21/06/1972
Pilot: Jean BOULET (France)
Course/place: Aérodrome d'Istres (France)

Rotorcraft:
SA 315 Lama

Database ID 754
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additional documents available Distance over a closed circuit without landing : 2 800.20 km

Date of flight: 26/03/1966
Pilot: Frederick Jack SCHWEIBOLD (USA)
Course/place: Edwards AFB, CA (USA)

Rotorcraft:
MDD-Hughes YOH-6A

Database ID 786
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Distance without landing : 3 561.55 km

Date of flight: 06/04/1966
Pilot: Robert G. FERRY (USA)
Course/place: Culver City, CA - Ormond Beach, FL (USA)

Rotorcraft:
MDD-Hughes YOH-6A

Database ID 784
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Greatest mass carried to height of 2 000 m : 31 030 kg

Date of flight: 22/02/1969
Pilot: Vasily KOLOCHENKO (USSR)
Crew: L.V. VLASSOV, V.V. JOURNALIOV, V.P. BARTCHENKO, S.G. RIBALKO, A.I. KRUTCHKOV
Course/place: Podmoskovnoe (USSR)

Rotorcraft:
V-12

Database ID 9938
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Highest take-off : 8 848 m

Date of flight: 14/05/2005
Pilot: Didier DELSALLE (France)
Course/place: Mount Everest (Nepal)

Rotorcraft:
Eurocopter AS 350 B3
Registered 'FWQEX'

Database ID 11596
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Speed around the world, Eastbound, without refuelling in flight : 136.7 km/h

Date of flight: 18/08/2008
Pilot: Edward KASPROWICZ (USA)
Crew: Steven SHEIK (USA)
Course/place: New York, NY (USA) - Greenland - Aberdeen (UK) - Milano (Italy) - St. Petersburg (Russia) - Novosibirsk (Russia) - Fairbanks, AK (USA) - Calgary, AB (Canada) - Santa Fee, NM (USA) - New York, NY (USA)

Rotorcraft:
Agusta A109S Grand (Pratt & Whitney Canada PW207C, 815 shp)
Registered 'N1US'

Database ID 15170
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Speed around the world, Westbound, without refuelling in flight : 91.76 km/h

Date of flight: 03/09/1996
Pilot: Joe Ronald BOWER (USA)
Crew: John W. WILLIAMS
Course/place: London (UK) and return (via Faeroe Islands, Reykjavik, Narssarssuaq, Mirabel, New York, Washington, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Wichita, Austin, Denver, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Seattle, Anchorage, Omsk, Moscow, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Brussels)

Rotorcraft:
Bell 430
Registered 'N430Q'

Database ID 3362
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Speed over a closed circuit of 1 000 km with 1 000 kg payload : 300.38 km/h

Date of flight: 15/09/1962
Pilot: Boris GALITSKI (USSR)
Crew: Fiodor KOZYREV
Course/place: Tushino (Russia)

Rotorcraft:
MIL Mi-6

Database ID 2159
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Speed over a closed circuit of 1 000 km with 2 000 kg payload : 300.38 km/h

Date of flight: 15/09/1962
Pilot: Boris GALITSKI (USSR)
Crew: Fiodor KOZYREV
Course/place: Tushino (Russia)

Rotorcraft:
MIL Mi-6

Database ID 2158
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Speed over a closed circuit of 1 000 km with 5 000 kg payload : 284.35 km/h

Date of flight: 11/09/1962
Pilot: Vasily KOLOCHENKO (USSR)
Crew: G. Karapentian, S. Kliepikov, C. Chtcherbinine, S. Ivanov
Course/place: Touchino (URSS)

Rotorcraft:
MIL Mi-6

Database ID 9999
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Speed over a closed circuit of 1 000 km without payload : 332.65 km/h

Date of flight: 13/08/1975
Pilot: Galina RASTORGOUEVA (USSR)
Crew: Ludmila POLYANSKAIA
Course/place: Ramenskoye (Russia)

Rotorcraft:
A-10

Database ID 2144
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Speed over a closed circuit of 100 km without payload : 340.15 km/h

Date of flight: 26/08/1964
Pilot: Boris GALITSKY (USSR)
Crew: L.V. VLASOF, I.M. POSTALUK, S.P. KOBINEK, V.N. POUKHOV, J.A. KORCHEEV
Course/place: Podmoskovnoe (USSR)

Rotorcraft:
MIL Mi-6

Database ID 9966
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Speed over a closed circuit of 500 km without payload : 345.74 km/h

Date of flight: 08/02/1982
Pilot: Thomas F. DOYLE Jr. (USA)
Course/place: Palm Beach, FL (USA)

Rotorcraft:
Sikorsky S-76 A
Registered 'N5445J'

Database ID 1844
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Speed over a straight 15/25 km course : 400.87 km/h

Date of flight: 11/08/1986
Pilot: John Trevor EGGINTON (UK)
Crew: Derek James CLEWS
Course/place: Glastonbury, Somerset (UK)

Rotorcraft:
Westland Lynx
Registered 'G-LYNX'

Database ID 1843
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additional documents available Speed over a straight 3 km course at restricted altitude : 372.00 km/h

Date of flight: 19/11/1991
Pilot: Guy DABADIE (France)
Crew: Bernard FOUQUES, Michel SUDRE
Course/place: Aérodrome d'Istres (France)

Rotorcraft:
Aérospatiale AS 365 N Dauphin
Registered 'F-WDEK'

Database ID 1833
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Speed over both earth's poles : 13.51 km/h

Date of flight: 23/05/2007
Pilot: Jennifer MURRAY (UK)
Crew: Colin BODILL (UK)
Course/place: Fort Worth, TX (USA) - Sout Pole - American Continents - North Pole - Fort Worth, TX (USA)

Rotorcraft:
Bell 407 (1 Rolls Royce 250C, 675 shp)
Registered 'N407PF'

Database ID 14671
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additional documents available Time to climb to a height of 3 000 m : 1 min 22.2 sec

Date of flight: 12/04/1972
Pilot: John C. HENDERSON (USA)
Course/place: Stratford, CT (USA)

Rotorcraft:
Sikorsky CH-54-B

Database ID 9942
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Time to climb to a height of 6 000 m : 2 min 59 sec

Date of flight: 12/04/1972
Pilot: John C. HENDERSON (USA)
Course/place: Stratford, CT (USA)

Rotorcraft:
Sikorsky CH-54-B

Database ID 9957
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Time to climb to a height of 9 000 m : 5 min 58 sec

Date of flight: 04/11/1971
Pilot: Delbert W. HUNT (USA)
Course/place: Stratford, CT (USA)

Rotorcraft:
Sikorsky CH-54-B
Registered '2'

Database ID 9960
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