Two minutes of magic

Mark Ayton reviews the maiden flight of the all new Bell V-280 tiltrotor

V-280 N280BH restrained by dampered-jacks on the run stand at the Amarillo test facility.
Bell Helicopter

AFTER 90 minutes of ground running, Bell’s V-280 N280BH (c/n 60105) lifted off the large pad used by Bell Helicopter at its Amarillo, Texas facility. For any layman watching on, the two-minute hover would not have amounted to much. For a team, comprising 11 companies led by Bell Helicopter known as Team Valor, it was the culmination of four years of development and assembly work, and the type’s maiden flight. The date: December 18, 2017.

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