2008-09-01 - X2 first flightSikorsky X2 flies
Erstflug des neuen Hochgeschwindigkeits-Hubschraubers<br /> On 27 August, Sikorsky completed the first flight of its X2 TECHNOLOGY Demonstrator, maneuvering the prototype aircraft through hover, forward flight, and a hover turn, in a test flight that lasted approximately 30 minutes.
Sikorsky Chief Test Pilot Kevin Bredenbeck conducted the test flight at Sikorsky's Schweizer Aircraft Corp. rapid-prototyping facility in Horseheads, N.Y. The milestone culminated more than four years of design, development and testing of the Demonstrator aircraft's suite of technologies that are intended to advance the state-of-the-art, counter-rotating coaxial rotor helicopter.
The X2 TECHNOLOGY Demonstrator is designed to establish that a helicopter can cruise comfortably at 250 knots, while retaining such desirable helicopter attributes as excellent low speed handling, efficient hovering, and safe autorotation, combined with a seamless and simple transition to high speed. "X2 TECHNOLOGY has crossed a major threshold," Pino said. "The team's achievement sets the stage for the next series of tests eventually leading to maximum speed. It also sparks the imagination for what ultimately the technology can mean to the future of the rotorcraft industry. We are far from having a product, but closer than ever to realizing the potential."
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