MEG-1X and MEG-2X

In the early 1950’s the U.S. Air Force opened a competition to build a portable helicopter for use by  troops  in  the field.   Eugene M. Gluhareff had recently opened his own experimental helicopter company, E. Gluhareff Helicopters, Inc. in Manhattan Beach, California and  entered the race with his design of the MEG-1X single bladed, portable helicopter.

MEG-1X Portable Helicopter

The MEG-1X, which Eugene termed the world’s smallest helicopter, would allow a soldier to essentially wear it like he would a backpack. The aircraft would enable him to fly over rivers and other geographical obstacles.  Read the rest of this entry »



Eugene Gluhareff is best known for  the Gluhareff Pressure Jet Engine, but he was also responsible for the Yellow Jacket Hovercraft. In 1960, Eugene was asked to design and build a prototype “Ground Effect Machine” or what is also referred to as a hovercraft.   A hovercraft was a relatively new concept of transportation at the time but being the visionary that he was,  he put pencil to paper and came up with his own design. With the goal  of achieving lift and propulsion to float over land and water, Eugene decided to use the Delta Wing concept.  Read the rest of this entry »

Gluhareff Helicopters Attends Hiller Aviation Museum Vertical Challenge Airshow!

On June 19, 2010 Gluhareff Helicopters participated in the Hiller Aviation Museum Vertical Challenge Airshow in San Jose, California. Just for the airshow, which was exclusively for helicopters, Gluhareff Helicopters put on public exhibition the MEG-1X Portable, Single Bladed, One-Man Backpack Helicopter and the EMG-300 Personal Tip Jet Helicopter.


Gluhareff Helicopters Exhibit, Hiller Air Show 2010EMG-300 Helicopter at Hiller Air Show, 2010







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Welcome to!

Gluhareff Helicopters LLC is very proud to announce the launch of our new, corporate site at

Effective immediately,  this new site will represent our Corporate home where we will continue to provide our followers historical and archival information as well as the latest news on Gluhareff Helicopters’ on-going and future projects. I encourage you to visit and browse the updated content on our new site. Read the rest of this entry »

Featured Presentation
“The Gluhareff Pressure Jet Engine, Past, Present and Future”
By Professor Ronald Barrett of the University of Kansas

E.M.Gluhareff & Flying Experiment Test Stand, c. 1950

AIAA Presentation