2022 VFS History Calendar

The VFS History Committee is proud to present the 2022 VTOL History Calendar, thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Kaman Corp.

The VTOL History Calendar is mailed to all current VFS members in December. Each month is provided here with more information about each of the featured photos. We hope you enjoy the calendar! VFS members can also download a complimentary pdf of the whole calendar by logging into My-VFS or the VFS Online Store

Check out the historical descriptions in past VFS VTOL History Calendars as well:  

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2022 Calendar Cover Kaman TITAN Helicopter

Kaman Air Vehicles, a division of Kaman Aerospace Corporation, aims to fly an FAA-certified K-MAX optionally piloted vehicle (OPV) for commercial operators. Kaman's drone developments span 60 years: using seed money for a drone helicopter provided in 1952 by the US Office of Naval Research, Kaman launched the first of many drone programs with an intermeshing rotor K-225 HTK helicopter.

Based on exceptional experiences and the first-ever combat deployment of the K-MAX UAS — CQ-24A — during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan for 33 months, Kaman launched the TITAN program in 2020.

TITAN is an OPV version of a commercial K-1200 K-MAX helicopter designed for repetitive lifting work with external loads up to 6,000 lb (2,721 kg). The fifty-two-foot intermeshing rotor aircraft has a maximum alternate gross weight of 12,000 lb (5,443 kg), an external load under cargo hook, and a weight empty of 5,145 lb (2,333 kg). K-MAX is powered by an 1,800-shaft-horsepower Honeywell T53-17 gas turbine engine. TITAN’s first OPV flight took place on April 21, 2021. The helicopter was controlled from the ground with a safety pilot onboard during its debut flight.

With a mission payload capacity of more than 4,500 lb, TITAN will continue to lead the way in the repetitive heavy lift but will now operate without the constraints of manned operations. For the dirty, dangerous and mundane missions, TITAN will stay in the fight longer, potentially doubling the work capacity of the gritty, known performer, K-MAX.

Prepared by Jacques Virasak.
Kaman photo

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