Bristol Sycamore

ICAO aircraft code SYCA
Country United Kingdom

The Bristol Type 171 Sycamore was an early helicopter developed and built by the helicopter division of the Bristol Aeroplane Company.


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Bristol Sycamore Specifications

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ICAO aircraft code
Bristol Aeroplane Company
1947 - 1959
United Kingdom

Aircraft performance

1x Alvis Leonides 73
550 HP
Max Cruise Speed:
110 Kts
204 Km/h
Travel range:
290 Nm
537 Kilometers
Service Ceiling:
16,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
1150 feet / minute
5.84meter / second

Weight & dimensions

Max Take Off Weight:
2,540 Kg
5,600 lbs
Max Payload:
454 Kg
1,001 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
107 gallon
405 liter

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About the Bristol Sycamore

The Bristol Type 171 Sycamore was an early helicopter developed and built by the helicopter division of the Bristol Aeroplane Company. The name refers to the seeds of the sycamore tree, Acer pseudoplatanus, which fall with a rotating motion. It has the distinction of being the first British helicopter to receive a certificate of airworthiness, as well as being the first British-designed helicopter to be introduced by and to serve with the Royal Air Force (RAF).

Typically capable of seating up to three passengers, the type was often used as a transport for both passengers and cargo alike. In RAF service, the Sycamore was normally used in the search and rescue and casualty evacuation roles. The type proved the value of rotorcraft to easily traverse inhospitable or otherwise inaccessible terrain; the Sycamore made valuable contributions to British military activities during the Malayan Emergency, the Cyprus Emergency, and the Aden Emergency, in addition to other operations.

In addition to its British military service, various models of the Sycamore were produced and operated by a number of users, including overseas military operations and civil customers. Civilian operations typically involved transportation, mountain rescue, and aerial survey work. In 1959, production of the Sycamore ended after 180 rotorcraft had been completed.

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