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The Flettner Fl 282 Kolibri ("Hummingbird") was a single-seat intermeshing (having a set of two rotors turning in opposite directions) rotor helicopter, or synchropter, produced by Anton Flettner of Germany. According to Yves Le Bec, the Flettner Fl 282 was the world's first series production helicopter. [1] AT the end of the war four of these helicopters fell into allied hands: one was captured at Rangsdorf by Soviet forces, the remains of Fl 282 V-20 Werk.Nr.28368 ended up at the Midland Air Museum, Coventry, England and two found their way to the USA, Fl 282 V-23 was at one time to be found at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton, Ohio.

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