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Sikorsky X2 Reaches 250 Knots

By By Joy Finnegan, Editor | September 15, 2010

Today, Sept. 15, 2010, Sikorsky Aircraft’s X2 Technology demonstrator achieved what was long thought impossible. The X2 flew at 250 knots true airspeed (288 mph) at Sikorsky’s West Palm Beach test facility. In addition to achieving that milestone, the coaxial aircraft with pusher prop also met key performance parameters by demonstrating its active vibration control system as well as its fly-by-wire technology. “It’s been an exciting couple of years,” Jeffrey Pino, president of Sikorsky Aircraft, told Rotor & Wing Editor Joy Finnegan. “Safety was our number one priority. We’ve gone from hover to 250 knots in 17 flights and 16.5 hours,” he said. Pino credited his innovations, engineering and flight test teams for their clear focus, close modeling and simulation work in reaching their goal. Shortly after achieving the 250-knot mark this morning Pino added, “It’s a great day.”
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