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V-280 completes 75 degree conversion

15th November 2017 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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The Bell V-280 Valor prototype aircraft has successfully achieved controlled conversion from 95- to 75-degree pylon and back — allowing for full hover and low speed agility manoeuvring, Bell Helicopter announced on 10 November.

The company said the aircraft will continue ground-run testing at the Bell Helicopter Amarillo Assembly Center in Texas. The aircraft is set to undergo a series of functional tests running all aircraft systems and flight controls in preparation for the first flight this fall.

The third-generation tiltrotor is Bell’s submission for the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator programme.

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