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