Bell V-280 Valor

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Unread post22 Oct 2017, 22:29

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Unread post23 Oct 2017, 00:34

What are those?
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Unread post23 Oct 2017, 03:01

popcorn wrote:What are those?


Looks like GBU-39 to me, but I'm not that great at vis ID of munitions.
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Unread post23 Oct 2017, 04:13

Correct, classic SDB1

Here is a link to a C-130 dropping Laser SDB1 (yes, there is such an animal). It's a massive pic so I won't embed it.

https://media.defense.gov/2016/Dec/16/2 ... 8-0080.JPG

It can do Hellfires too.

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Unread post19 Dec 2017, 18:27

Bell’s Next-Generation Tiltrotor Takes Flight

Bell Helicopter’s third-generation tiltrotor prototype, the V-280 Valor, achieved first flight at the company’s plant in Amarillo, Texas, on Dec. 18.
A Bell spokeswoman confirmed that the V-280 took flight at 2:03 p.m. Central time, although the exact flight duration has not yet been confirmed.

The first flight follows a series of ground tests over the past weeks, in which the wheels were expected to leave the ground momentarily. The company spokeswoman says the aircraft flew long enough on Dec. 18 for the event to be counted as a first flight, and it landed back down on the tarmac safely...



http://aviationweek.com/vertical-flight ... 423577a2aa
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Unread post20 Dec 2017, 00:23

I see that they are still blurring the region around the gearbox.
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Unread post20 Dec 2017, 14:44

I'm surprised they don't put a polymer inner sleeve to completely protect it from the elements and hide what's going on inside the gearbox.
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Unread post16 May 2018, 00:15

V-280 Valor hits cruise speeds

WASHINGTON — Bell’s V-280 Valor tilt-rotor demonstrator has now flown in cruise mode, reaching 190 knots.

To achieve cruise mode, the rotors in the V-280 pivot from vertical lift to fully forward-facing. While the company reached 190 knots in recent flight tests, it will continue to expand the envelope until it reaches an expected speed of 280 knots, a company spokesman told Defense News on May 15...

https://www.defensenews.com/land/2018/0 ... se-speeds/


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