Sikorsky’s X2 Technology helicopter demonstrator last week achieved a key design goal when it reached 250 kt. true airspeed in level flight. Sikorsky calls the speed, accomplished during a 1.1-hr. flight, an unofficial speed record for a helicopter. The demonstrator also reached 260 kt. in a shallow dive during the flight. “Our primary key performance parameter has been met,” says Jim Kagdis, program manager for Sikorsky advanced programs. “The 250-kt. milestone was established as the goal ...

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