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Sikorsky flies first CH-148 Cyclone

17th November 2008 - 22:57 GMT | by Tony Osborne in London


The long-awaited first flight of the Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone has taken place in Florida. The much-delayed aircraft, which will eventually go on to replace the Canadian Armed Forces' fleet of CH-124 Sea Kings took place on Saturday, November 15.

The CH-148 - which features a fly-by-wire control system was flown by Sikorsky Test Pilots John Armbrust and Rick Becker. The aircraft, N4901C was hovered and accomplished low-speed handling tasks including forward flight at speeds reaching 30 knots, and sideward and rearward maneuvers. Future flights will see the aircraft undergo a series of increasingly demanding flight tests leading up to certification

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Tony Osborne


Tony Osborne

Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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