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Boeing Says Its Hummingbird Has Legs

Flies A160T UAV For Over 12 Hours

Boeing tells ANN it successfully completed a 12-hour test flight of its A160T Hummingbird unmanned rotorcraft on October 12. The half-day excursion marks the aircraft's longest flight to date.

The A160T took off at 0627 PDT near Victorville, CA and landed 12.1 hours later at 1832. The aircraft carried a 500-pound payload at an altitude of 5,000 feet, simulating a multi-sensor operational mission.

Boeing reports the flight used less than 60 percent of the aircraft's maximum fuel, demonstrating the advantages of the A160's design, including its unique optimum speed rotor. The 12-hour flight followed an eight-hour flight on September 27 during which the Hummingbird carried a 1,000-pound payload module.

Ultimately, Boeing plans to fly the aircraft for 18 consecutive hours with a 300-pound payload. The turbine-powered A160T features unmatched range, endurance, payload and altitude for an unmanned rotorcraft.

FMI: www.boeing.com/ids

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