World-Class Helicopter Records
Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
Selected records. Source: National Aeronautic Association
- Great Circle Distance Without Landing
- International: 2,213.04 mi; 3,561.55 km.
- Robert G. Ferry (U.S.) in Hughes YOH-6A helicopter powered by Allison T-63-A-5 engine; from Culver City, Calif., to Ormond Beach, Fla., April 6–7, 1966.
- Distance, Closed Circuit Without Landing
- International: 1,739.96 mi; 2,800.20 km.
- Jack Schweibold (U.S.) in Hughes YOH-6A helicopter powered by Allison T-63-A-5 engine; Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., March 26, 1966.
- Altitude without Payload
- International: 40,820 ft; 12,442 m.
- Jean Boulet (France) in Alouette SA 315-001 Lama powered by Artouste IIIB 735 KW engine; Istres, France, June 21, 1972.
- Speed around the World, Eastbound
- 40.99 mph; 65.97 kph.
- Joe Ronald Bower (U.S.) pilot, in Bell JetRanger III, powered by one Allison 250-C20J (317 shp), covered 23,800 mi in 24 days, 4 hr., 36 min. June 28–July 22, 1994.
- Speed around the World, Westbound
- 57.01 mph; 91.75 kph.
- Joe Ronald Bower (U.S.) pilot, John W. Williams (U.S.), co-pilot in Bell 430 powered by 2 Allison 250–C40, (811 shp), Aug. 17–Sept. 3, 1996.