Avro Aircraft Ltd.
Designed and constructed in secrecy during the cold-war era of
the Avro Arrow, the Avrocar never really "got off the
ground" until the US miltary became interested in the 1950's and provided
the major funding. It was powered by three J69-T9 turbojet engines that were used
as gas generators to drive the tips of a centrally mounted 5-foot diameter fan
The Avrocar was not designed to be an air cushion vehicle
but, rather, it was designed to leave ground effect and fly supersonically on a
focused jet of air generated from its lift fan. However, this part did not
work out well and it spent its life hovering over field and stream at a cushion
height of several feet!
Diameter: 18 ft Empty Wt: 2,820 lb
Payload: 2000 lb Max
Speed: 225 kts
The Avrocar was built by
Avro Aircraft Limited