SARO, Saunders-Roe W.14 Skeeter

Light Observation Helicopter

SARO, Saunders-Roe Skeeter Mk.50 © Mike Vallentin
Photo ©: Mike Vallentin
The SARO Skeeter is a single-engine two-seat light observation helicopter produced by the British manufacturer Saunders-Roe Limited, developed by Cierva Autogiro Company.
The Skeeter was operated by the British Army Air Corps (Skeeter AOP.12), Royal Air Force (Skeeter T.13), German Army Aviation (Skeeter Mk.50) and the German Navy (Skeeter Mk.51).
Crew2
Propulsion1 Piston Engine
Engine Modelde Havilland Gipsy Major 215
Engine Power160 kW215 hp
Speed194 km/h105 kts
  121 mph
Service Ceiling3.901 m12.800 ft
Range389 km210 NM
242 mi.
Empty Weight794 kg1.750 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight1.066 kg2.350 lbs
Rotor Blades (main/tail)3/2
Main Rotor Diameter9,76 m32 ft 0 in
Tail Rotor Diameter1,83 m6 ft 0 in
Rotor Disc Area74,8 m805 ft
Length (Fuselage)7,80 m25 ft 7 in
Length11,88 m38 ft 12 in
Height2,99 m9 ft 10 in
First Flight10.10.1948
Production Statusout of production
Total Production77
Data for (Version)Saro W.14 Skeeter Mk7 (AOP12)
VariantsSkeeter T.11, Skeeter A.O.P.12, Skeeter T.13, Skeeter Mk.50, Skeeter Mk.51

[Photo-ID: 1978] Karsten Palt 2009-04-04
SARO Skeeter AOP Mk.12, , , c/n , Karsten Palt, 2009SARO
Skeeter AOP Mk.12
 
Luftfahrtmuseum Manfred Pflumm [Schwenningen (EDTS)]
[Photo-ID: 6977] Karsten Palt 2013-05-18
SARO Skeeter AOP Mk.12, Royal Army Air Corps, XL764, c/n S2/5076, Karsten Palt, 2013SARO
Skeeter AOP Mk.12
Royal Army Air Corps
Reg.: XL764
c/n: S2/5076
 
Newark Air Museum [Winthorpe, Newark]
[Photo-ID: 1093] Karsten Palt 2008-07-11
SARO Skeeter AOP Mk.12, Royal Army Air Corps, XL811, c/n S2/5096, Karsten Palt, 2008SARO
Skeeter AOP Mk.12
Royal Army Air Corps
Reg.: XL811
c/n: S2/5096
 
The Helicopter Museum [Weston-super-Mare]
[Photo-ID: 1006] Karsten Palt 2008-07-07
SARO Skeeter AOP Mk.12, Royal Army Air Corps, XL813, c/n S2/5098, Karsten Palt, 2008SARO
Skeeter AOP Mk.12
Royal Army Air Corps
Reg.: XL813
c/n: S2/5098
 
Museum of Army Flying [Middle Wallop, Hampshire]
[Photo-ID: 3588] Karsten Palt 2010-06-12
SARO Skeeter AOP Mk.12, Royal Army Air Corps, XM556, c/n S2/5110, Karsten Palt, 2010SARO
Skeeter AOP Mk.12
Royal Army Air Corps
Reg.: XM556
c/n: S2/5110
 
Luftwaffenmuseum [Berlin - Gatow]
[Photo-ID: 7007] Karsten Palt 2013-05-18
SARO Skeeter AOP Mk.12, Royal Army Air Corps, XM561, c/n S2/5116, Karsten Palt, 2013SARO
Skeeter AOP Mk.12
Royal Army Air Corps
Reg.: XM561
c/n: S2/5116
 
South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum [Doncaster]
[Photo-ID: 7776] Karsten Palt 2013-09-01
SARO Skeeter AOP Mk.12, Royal Army Air Corps, XN348, c/n S2/7154, Karsten Palt, 2013SARO
Skeeter AOP Mk.12
Royal Army Air Corps
Reg.: XN348
c/n: S2/7154
 
Hubschraubermuseum Bueckeburg [Bueckeburg]
[Photo-ID: 1052] Karsten Palt 2008-07-10
SARO Skeeter AOP Mk.12, Royal Army Aviation, XL770, c/n S2/5074, Karsten Palt, 2008SARO
Skeeter AOP Mk.12
Royal Army Aviation
Reg.: XL770
c/n: S2/5074
 
Solent Sky Museum [Southampton]