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What Was This Helicopter ?

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From L+K 21/1968,

I can't ID this helicopter,only from Macedonia as google translate ?.
 

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"Monstrous machine pictured is called Helipod and it is a one-seater VTOL aircraft of 317 kg/699 lb max take-off weight. Its surprising peculiarity is an engine of only 40 hp of power. Even then the speed should be about 105 km/h / 65 mph, climb Rate 300 m/min / 984 ft/min, range 500 km / 311 mi and ceiling 3000 m / 9843 ft. Prototype, construction of which uses plenty of fiberglass, is supposed to take-off for the first time during this autumn."
No mention of Macedonia, especially because it didn't even existed at the time (only as one of the republics of Yugoslavia). Maker is American, Helipod Inc. of Oceanside, California, author Lyle K. V. Sudrow. other than a bunch of patents i found only an article hidden behind paywall.
 

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And obviously, where it was also already mentioned? On secretprojects.co.uk!


Stargazer2006 mentioned site www.helipod.com which is since then dead, all pictures all gone, but at least the text is archived:
 

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