Polish Aviation Museum

31-864 Kraków,
al. Jana Pawła II 39
phone: (12) 640 99 60,
(12) 642 40 70
e-mail: info@muzeumlotnictwa.pl

a cultural institution of the Malopolska Region

Małopolska – Kraków Region

Mecenas Muzeum

Kraków Airport

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Glider: Human-powered helicopter

Human-powered helicopter

  • Technical data

Length 15 ft
Wing area
Empty weight 37,5 lb
Take-off weight
Glide ratio
Sink rate
Minimum speed
Max. diving speed


Mikołaj Surmanowicz, a retired employee of WSK PZL Kalisz factory built a human powered helicopter during 1971-1973. It is a structure of steel and duraluminium tubes, with wooden empennage and rotor of 2.5 m diameter, weighing 17 kg. In autumn of 1973 and summer of 1974 the designer conducted trials of the helicopter at Ostrów Flying Club airfield, making short „leaps”, but failing to make a full flight. Further work on the helicopter was terminated by the designer's death
in 1975.


Dofinansowano ze środków Ministra Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego
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