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X2, Sikorsky High Speed Lifter

Before I bailed Sikorsky to work for a maintenance contract that is several miles closer to the house, the Sikorsky president came down to the Troy plant and gave us the state of the company speech. These speeches are usually seen as the ol' smoke-up-the-skirt events and few actually pay attention. Still, I remember the guy saying that Sikorsky is looking at developing aircraft beyond the traditional rotorwing concept as the traditional helicopter is going to be taking its place in the history books as did the do-do bird, the dinosaur and the vacuum tube.

Here is the future:


An heavy lift aircraft that can hold a steady hover and also cruise at 250 knots (460 km/hr)

This is going to be a joint heavy lift aircraft with the speed of a fixed wing, the hovering stability of an helicopter, and without the transitional difficulties of VERTOL aircraft.

By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 20-4-2006

Wow, so the undercarraige retracts?

getting more and more like planes. I saw a helicopter on TV taking hours to fly out to a deep sea platform in the Gulf, it did seem a slow and uncomfortable ride compared to something like this
By netchicken: posted on 26-4-2006

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