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The Army Air Forces selected helicopter pilot training candidates from rated volunteer applicants. At first there no specific qualifications for helicopter training, although the AAF later required a current flight physical. After the end of World War II, the AAF in early 1946 restricted eligibility to flight officers, lieutenants with a pilot rating, or service pilots on flying status.
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Robinson Helicopters: The R22 Beta II incorporates a Lycoming O-360 four-cylinder, carburetor-equipped engine fueled with 100L grade aviation gasoline. This 145 hp engine is derated to 131 hp for five minutes at takeoff and 124 hp for continuous operation. A powerful engine, a lightweight steel-tube airframe, and aerodynamic shape gives the R22 a cruise speed of up to 90 kts and an average fuel consumption of only 7-10 gallons per hour.
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