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H-32 Hornet

The Navy showed interest in the Hiller tip-jet concept, since it would eliminate the safety dangers associated with operating tail rotors from the cramped confines of a ship. A new helicopter called the HOE-1 was built for evaluation by the service and by NASA. The navy bought three of them. The Army also tested the aircraft as the H-32. Only 17 were built, after the prototype flew in 1952. The H-32 had a small engine to bring the rotor to speed; then small ramjets at the tips of the two-bladed rotor were ignited. Unfortunately, the HOE-1/H-32 suffered numerous development difficulties and was deemed unacceptable for military use.

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