Civilian Tilt Rotors!

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Civilian Tilt Rotors!

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Hey! The future is here! :D

From AvWeb, courtesy of Michael Dark: 8)
Civilian Tilt-Rotor Nears First Flight
The Bell Agusta 609 -- a civilian tilt-rotor aircraft -- is one step closer to its first flight, perhaps this spring. Fort Worth-based Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., which shares the experimental aircraft with Italy's Agusta, is in the final weeks of system tests and is preparing for flight. "The basics are cooking together properly," Jack Gallagher, director of the BA609 program, told The Dallas Morning News. "We're looking at six to eight weeks, or about 50 hours of ground run testing where we do the final tweaks," he added. However, the program has experienced its set of delays, especially after the recent controversy of the V-22 -- the Agusta's military sibling, which has suffered multiple crashes and deaths in its pre-production history. This military version -- which is produced by Bell and Boeing Co. -- was grounded from December 2000 until last May. Officials allowed flight tests to resume last spring and are now moving ahead slowly but steadily on its development.
http://www.avweb.com/newswire/9_04b/com ... 8-1.html#3

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I want one RIGHT NOW! :o

http://www.bellhelicopter.textron.com/c ... Rotor/609/


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Ooo! Neat link!

If you click around in there, you can find a virtual tour of the cockpit
and exterior. :D

I want one! Neeeeeeooooooomeee!
(Goes around making airplane noises)

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While waiting at the Airport yesterday for a friend flying up from Sydney, I amused myself by imagining a tilt rotor (with me at the controls, of course!) landing vertically on the runway and taxiing up to the gates. I thought "That would be so cool!"

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