Tag Archives | Rotorcraft

Boeing looks ahead to a ‘V-23′ Osprey

As I reviewed my notebook from the Paris Air Show today, I can’t believe I skipped over this tantalizing gem from Boeing’s rotorcraft press conference. The BellBoeing V-22 is in full-swing production, but Boeing’s people at least are already looking beyond the Osprey configuration. In an answer to my question, Phil Dunford, Boeing’s president for […]

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Video briefing on Sikorsky X2 armed scout mock-up

Here’s Jim Kagdis, Sikorsky business development manager, explaining the X2 light tactical helicopter’s aerodynamic and technical details in the exhibit hall at the Quad-A convention on 6 May. The X2 aircraft on the exhibit floor is not the real thing. It’s just a mock-up. But Jim’s presentation reveals a lot of new and interesting data […]

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Bell Helicopter reveals “Hybrid Tandem Rotor” to replace AH-64 and UH-60

The mysterious sign in Bell Helicopter’s exhibit space today at the Army Aviation Associaton of America’s (Quad-A) convention simply reads: “It’s not a tiltrotor … what is it?”It is Bell’s candidate for replacing both the AH-64 and UH-60 with an all-new configuration called the Hybrid Tandem Rotor, Robert Kenney, Bell’s executive VP for government programs, […]

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AHS: Save the Joint Heavy Lift

Joint Heavy Lift (JHL) is the at least five-year-old concept to develop a new rotorcraft with the power to carry roughly the same payload as the Airbus A400M. It would be at least 50% larger than the Mi-26, the largest production helicopter in history. The American Helicopter Society now says the US Congress wants to […]

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Has the Chinook met its FATE?

The first Boeing CH-47, a 33,000lb machine powered by two 1,640shp Lycoming (now Honeywell) T55 engines, achieved first flight on Sept. 21, 1961. Nearly 47 years and seven major upgrades later, the CH-47F and MH-47G has doubled in weight to 50,000lb, while the engine shaft horsepower rating has tripled with introduction of the 4,868shp T55-GA-714 […]

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Boeing doesn’t make civil helicopters. Why?

At last week’s Boeing shareholders meeting gathering for Wall Street analysts, Morgan Stanley aerospaceguru Heidi Wood popped an unexpected question to Integrated Defense Systemspresident Jim Albaugh. Why, Wood queried, is Boeing still the only US militaryhelicopter manufacturer lacking a product to offer the rapidly growingcommercial market for vertical lift? I’ve noticed over the years that […]

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