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Helicopter Saro P.531. Specifications. A photo.
Helicopter Saro P.531. Specifications. A photo.

Helicopter Saro P.531. Specifications. A photo.


Saro P.531 - British multi-purpose aircraft, developed by «Saunders-Roe» in 1958 year.


A photoSaro P.531


Helicopter Saro P.531 became established in British aviation professionals 1957 year, at the same time as the foundation, was taken helicopter model Saro Skeeter, who just one year of its operation demonstrated the high potential of its features. Nevertheless, the aircraft model Saro P.531, was supposed to be a civil aircraft, capable of carrying on its board of people and small loads, however, because of the rather low popularity of this aircraft, it has been used only in the military sphere, though at the initial design stage, the aircraft and this was not intended.

Its first flight model helicopter Saro P.531 implemented July 20 1958 years, at the same time a helicopter test trials were very successful, so that, even after a year the project went into production, which was just over one and a half years.


Saro P.531 photo


Experts believe that the low popularity of the aircraft Saro P.531 in the civil aviation sector due to the fact that the helicopter could not provide an effective passenger transportation in the commercial aviation sector, and at the same time, its ability to transport goods were very limited at that time, as in military aircraft could be used for patrol work, the implementation of observation flights and transportation of high-ranking military officials.

The cabin Saro P.531 aircraft can accommodate up to 5 people - two pilots and three passengers, and, in addition to the transportation of people on board, the helicopter Saro P.531 can also be used for transporting small cargo cabin, but, taking into account the limitations weight and dimensions, as in fact, the aircraft with its design is not intended as transport aircraft.

Helicopter powerplant Saro P.531 includes a gas turbine aircraft engine brand Blackburn-Turbomeca Turmo, having a capacity of hp 325 Current power plant has a rather high reliability, but very costly in terms of its maintenance, although it allows the helicopter to accelerate to a maximum speed of 195 km \ h. The maximum distance at which a helicopter Saro P.531 can make air travel is 390 kilometers.


HelicopterSaro P.531


The options of the helicopter:

  • Saro P.531 - A prototype of the aircraft;
  • Saro P.531-0 - The second variant of the prototype of the aircraft;
  • Saro P.531-2 - The military version of the aircraft.

Over the entire period of production, aircraft manufacturers of the «Saunders-Roe» was created 6 aircraft, of which only 3 instance survived to the present day.


Specifications Saro P.531.


  • Crew: 2 person;
  • Capacity: 3 person;
  • helicopter length: 8,84 m .;
  • The height of the helicopter: 2,9 m .;
  • The diameter of the rotor: 9,92 m .;
  • Weight of empty helicopter: 949 kg .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 1724 kg .;
  • Cruising speed: 175 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 195 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 390 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 3200 m .;
  • Powerplant: Blackburn-Turbomeca Turmo;
  • Power: 325 hp


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