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Below check the specific characteristics of the helicopter or eVTOL you are looking for. You can select multiple items for each characteristic. The results will be filtered automatically. 

Aérospatiale AS350/AS355 & Airbus H125

The Ecureuil is one of the most common helicopters. It comes in single and twin engine versions. Characteristic are the narrow tail boom with the tail rotor drive shaft on top, and the cabin window pattern, especially the windows at the feet of the crew.

Aérospatiale SA321 Super Frelon & Harbin Z-8

France’s large helicopter has two separate sponsons attached to the side of the fuselage. They have a boat shape at the bottom, like the fuselage. Also typical are the rectangular cabin windows with rounded corners and streamline body above the tail boom. The Chinese version is the Harbin Z-8.

Aérospatiale SA365 Dauphin 2 & Eurocopter EC155

The main features of the Dauphin 2 and the tall vertical stabiliser and horizontal stabilisers with end plates that are swept above and below the horizontal stabilisers. The engines are placed at the side of the gear box hub. Most versions have a retractable wheeled landing gear, but the first SA365 model had skids.

Agusta A129 Mangusta

This attack helicopter has two separate canopies with flat panels, with the rear seat being much higher than the front seat. The engines with D-shaped air intakes are placed against the upper side of the fuselage. Below are short wings with pylons for weapons. Also typical for the A129 are the thick vertical stabiliser and ventral fin, the latter holding the single tail wheel. Just above are the horizontal stabilisers.

Airbus H145

This Eurocopter EC145 with a shrouded tail rotor and no large outer vertical stabiliser looks much similar to the smaller EC135/H135. The H145 has three cabin windows on each side (after the cockpit door) and no small hub on top of the main engine/gear box housing.

This helicopter has a relatively large engine/gear box housing (creating a 'waterhead' appearance), a five-blade main rotor and a three-blade tail rotor. The main gear does noet really retract, but moves to the side of the fuselage. (photo: Airwolfhound/WikiMedia)

Bell 204/205/212/214/412 & UH-1

The famous Bell UH-1 Huey family consists of many members, but all with a similar fuselage and tail, and all with skids. Most have a two blade main rotor on a long axis, and a two blade tail rotor at the top of the vertical stabiliser. The Bell 412 variants have a four blade main rotor though. At about a third from the end of the tail boom there are horizontal stabilisers on both sides. 

Bell 206/406/407 & OH-58

The window arrangement with the two large curved front windows and large 'feet' windows is a typical feature of the Bell 206 family, as is the long visible rotor axis, with the control rods next to it. It comes in versions with two or four main rotor blades. 

Bell 222/230/430

This sleek helicopter started as the two blade Bell 222, evolving via the 230 in the four blade Bell 430 as shown here. All versions can be fitted with a retractable gear or fixed skids. The trailing link main gear is retracted in sponsons attached to the lower rear fuselage. 

Bell 47

The large bubble canopy and the open frame tail boom are very distinctive recognition points of this helicopter. This version has a two blade main and tail rotor. It comes in different versions though, including ones with a covered tail boom and/or a wheeled gear.