The Dragonfly tilt-rotor aircraft is a vertical take-off and landing vehicle that can hover efficiently like a traditional helicopter and fly horizontally at speeds up to 350 knots. It is meant as a personnel transport for civilian or military use. Originally designed as a low cost ship to shore transport for naval operations using their compact size to enable multiple Dragonflys to operate from one vessel. It has since been envisioned to span the US Coast Guard and the civilian sector as well. Dragonfly is projected to cost $5 million per unit and stands in a fiscal region between smaller helicopters and larger Blackhawks ($20 million each) or V-22 Ospreys ($72 million each). By using a ducted fan within the rear fuselage of the vehicle, the front propeller diameter can be reduced, drag during forward flight is lessened and faster forward speeds are obtained without compromising VTOL capability.

  • Aluminum frame and stainless steel outer shell
  • 2 Tilt-rotor PT6 800 Hp turboprops
  • 4-bladed high efficiency propellors.
  • 1 Rear ducted fan powered by a Lycoming 350 Hp piston engine powers off for forward flight saving fuel.
  • Optional power for rear ducted fan using an electric motor with 240-volt Lithium-ion battery packs with inflight recharging by the turboprops.
  • Titanium engine arms
  • 350 knots forward speed
  • 25,000 feet operational ceiling
  • 4,500 lb load capacity (vertical lift fully fueled)
  • 800 nautical mile range

Front View

Front View


Dragonfly has rotating engines for the best VTOL and horizontal flight capability.

Side View

Side View


Nine person capacity.

Front View

Front View


Dragonfly has a rear ducted fan for the best VTOL and horizontal flight capability.