Bell V-280 Achieves 280-Kt. Flight Speed Bell’s V-280 Valor advanced tiltrotor demonstrator reached the program’s goal of achieving a cruising speed of 280 kt. on Jan. 23 at the company’s Flight Research Center in Arlington, Texas. The V-280 is competing against Lockheed Martin Sikorsky and Boeing’s SB-1 Defiant to demonstrate technologies for the U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift Capability Set 3 medium-utility helicopter requirement, also known as the Future ...

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