The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) has named the Sikorsky X2 demonstrator the recipient of the 2010 Robert J. Collier Trophy. The coaxial helicopter beat out other nominees for the honor, including teams for the Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, MC-12W Project Liberty and X-51A WaveRider.
Sikorsky Innovations Director Chris Van Buiten noted the significance of a helicopter being chosen for the award “in this age of supersonics, hypersonics and space flight.” President Jeff Pino (below) added that the achievement recognizes the “hard work, skill and dedication of many people.”
In announcing the 100th iteration of the award on March 16, NAA noted that the 250-knot prototype “marks a proven departure point for the future development of helicopters by greatly increasing their speed, maneuverability and utility.” NAA will present the trophy to the X2 development team during a May 5 event in Arlington, Va. (From April 2011 Rotorcraft Report)
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