The Agusta A.104 Helicar was an Italian prototype light commercial helicopter first flown in December 1960.
|A.104 prototype exhibited at the 1963 Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport|
|First flight||December 1960|
|Status||none active, one preserved|
|Primary user||the manufacturer|
The A.104 was a slightly enlarged version of the A.103, and added a second seat beside the pilot's seat. The cockpit was enclosed by a perspex bubble with the engine at the rear and the tail rotor carried on an enclosed boom.
Two piston-engined prototypes were built, followed by a single example of a turbine-engined variant designated A.104BT. No production resulted.
Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1961–62
- Crew: 1
- Capacity: 1 passenger
- Length: 6.35 m (20 ft 10 in)
- Height: 2.35 m (7 ft 9 in)
- Empty weight: 380 kg (838 lb)
- Gross weight: 640 kg (1,411 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Agusta GA.140 air-cooled flat-four engine, 100 kW (140 hp) (derated to 89 kilowatts (120 hp))
- Main rotor diameter: 7.95 m (26 ft 1 in)
- Main rotor area: 49.6 m2 (534 sq ft)
- Maximum speed: 165 km/h (103 mph, 89 kn) at sea level
- Cruise speed: 135 km/h (84 mph, 73 kn)
- Range: 330 km (210 mi, 180 nmi)
- Endurance: 2 hr 30 min
- Service ceiling: 3,000 m (9,800 ft) (hover ceiling in ground effect)
- Rate of climb: 4.1 m/s (810 ft/min)
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- Simpson, R. W. (1998). Airlife's Helicopters and Rotorcraft. Ramsbury: Airlife Publishing. pp. 32, 36.
- Taylor, John W. R. (1961). Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1961–62. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company.
- Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 40.
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