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Role Military transport helicopter
National origin United States
Manufacturer Kellett Autogiro Corporation
First flight 24 April 1947
Number built 2

The Kellett XR-10 was a military transport helicopter developed in the United States in the 1940s but which only flew in prototype form. It was designed in response to a USAAF Technical Instruction issued for the development of a helicopter to transport passengers, cargo, or wounded personnel within an enclosed fuselage. Kellett's proposal followed the general layout that the company was developing in the XR-8, with twin intermeshing rotors, and was accepted by the Air Force on 16 October over proposals by Sikorsky, Bell, and Platt-LePage. The XR-10 resembled a scaled-up XR-8, although its twin engines were carried in nacelles at the fuselage sides, driving the rotors via long driveshafts, and the aircraft was skinned entirely in metal. The first of two prototypes flew on 24 April 1947, and at the time, was the largest rotorcraft to fly in the United States.[1] During test-flights, however, the same problem that had been encountered with the XR-8's rotor system emerged when blades from the two rotors collided in flight. With fixes in place, flight testing continued, but on 3 October 1949, the first prototype crashed due to a control system failure and killed Kellett's chief test pilot, Dave Driskill. The project was abandoned shortly thereafter, and a 16-seat civil variant, the KH-2, never left the drawing board.


General characteristics

  • Crew: Two pilots
  • Capacity: 10 troops or 6 stretchers or 3,550 lb (1,610 kg) of cargo
  • Length: 29 ft 2 in (8.89 m)
  • Main rotor diameter: 2× 71 ft 0 in (21.64 m)
  • Empty weight: 9,550 lb (4,340 kg)
  • Gross weight: 15,380 lb (6,990 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Continental R-975-15, 425 hp (317 kW) each


  • Maximum speed: 100 mph (160 km/h)
  • Range: 350 miles (560 km)
  • Service ceiling: 15,000 ft (4,600 m)


  1. NASM
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. pp. 558. 
  • Simpson, R. W. (1998). Airlife's Helicopters and Rotorcraft. Ramsbury: Airlife Publishing. pp. 225. 
  • Lambermont, Paul Marcel (1958). Helicopters and Autogyros of the World. 
  • NASM website

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