|The model 305
five-seater is an enlarged version of the Brantly Helicopter
Corporation's successful B-2 two-seater, and production
commenced in 1964. The model 305 utilizes a similar rotor system
and the entire tail section of its predecessor, and was offered
with a wheel undercarriage at no extra cost, and floats were
available. The double flapping hinge rotor system offers
resonance free characteristics, and the fuselage is a stressed
skin all metal structure. It has separate baggage compartment
with a capacity of 200 lb.
For obvious reasons it is nicknamed the "Flying Ice Cream
It is one of the least expensive helicopters ever built and
remained in production for many years.
When introduced in 1964, the Brantly 305 sold for $48,900, and
was advertised as offering the lowest price per passenger of any
helicopter. Production was stopped and started several times
under various company reorganizations.