Rotorway built its first helicopter in 1961. The “Scorpion” was offered in 1967 as the first workable kit helicopter. It was a single-seater intended for the sport flying market. As such it was simple and relatively cheap by helicopter standards.
An improved version was offered in 1971 as the “Scorpion II”. It had a 115 hp Evinrude outboard engine providing enough power to lift two small people.
Our example of this home-built helicopter was built in 1973. It flew until 1978 and sat for 25 years until purchased by Ted Fisher who began a restoration programme. Tragically Mr.Fisher was killed in an airplane accident in 2006. His relatives donated this “Scorpion II” to the Museum in 2011.