Bell Begins HSVTOL Testing at Holloman Air Force Base | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Most Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne-Monday

Airborne-Tuesday

Airborne-Wednesday Airborne-Thursday

Airborne-Friday

Airborne On YouTube

Airborne-Unlimited-05.20.24

Airborne-Unlimited-05.28.24

Airborne-Unlimited-05.22.24 Airborne-FlightTraining-05.23.24

Airborne-Unlimited-05.24.24

Sat, Sep 16, 2023

Bell Begins HSVTOL Testing at Holloman Air Force Base

The Past and Future of High-Speed Flight

Bell Textron Inc. has delivered a High-Speed Vertical Takeoff and Landing (HSVTOL) test-article to Holloman Air Force Base for demonstration and technology evaluation. Testing teams will leverage the Arnold Engineering Development Complex Holloman High Speed Test Track for purpose of vetting the test-article’s folding-rotor, integrated-propulsion, and flight control technologies at speeds representative of actual flight.

Bell executive vice-president of engineering Jason Hurst stated: “The HSVTOL test-article delivery and start of sled-testing operations serves as a major milestone in our mission to develop the next generation of high-speed vertical lift aircraft. Bell plans to showcase HSVTOL technology informed by more than 85-years of high-speed rotorcraft development and leverage lessons learned to produce a flying prototype with game-changing capabilities.”

Bell, by dint of the forthcoming sled-test regimen, seeks to validate key technologies by way of a full-scale, integrated demonstration in a representative operating environment. Bell plans for the test-article to execute a series of HSVTOL high-speed transition maneuvers—a first-of-its-kind capability for vertical lift aircraft. Prior to the HSVTOL test-article’s delivery to Holloman Air Force Base, Bell successfully completed functional demonstrations of the contraption at the company’s Flight Research Center.

Bell’s High-Speed Vertical Takeoff and Landing (HSVTOL) technology amalgamates the hover capability of a conventional helicopter with the speed (four-hundred-plus-knots), range, and survivability of a fixed-wing jet aircraft. Bell has developed high-speed vertical lift technology for more than 85-years, pioneering innovative VTOL configurations such as the X-14, X-22, XV-3, and XV-15 for customers the likes of NASA, the U.S. Army. and U.S. Air Force. The antecedent vehicles build on Bell’s proven history of high-speed flight, which extends back to the Bell X-1—the storied rocket-powered experimental aircraft in which then Captain Charles “Chuck” Yeager made the world’s first manned supersonic flight on 14 October 1947.

FMI: www.textron.com

Advertisement

More News

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.25.24)

“Warbirds in Review features veterans, aviation legends, and aircraft that simply cannot be seen together in one place anywhere else in the world. Many of these veterans main>[...]

Airborne 05.22.24: NS-25 Chute Failure, #HonorTheWASP, SkyCourier 'Combi'

Also: VAI v Anti-Heli Actions, Electric Aircraft Symposium, 2024 FAA Drone/AAM Symposium, Gravitymaster Blue Origin's seventh passenger flight ended with a smidgeon of drama when o>[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.26.24)

“The importance of this YF-16 paint scheme is celebrating 50 years of the F-16 Viper. Everyone at Edwards has a big sense of pride for not only supporting the Viper Demo Team>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.26.24)

Aero Linx: National Aeronca Association We are dedicated to supporting the design and preserving the history of Aeronca aircraft. Founded by Jim Thompson and fostered by his leader>[...]

Klyde Morris (05.24.24)

Klyde Sounds Like He's Defining An 'Influencer' FMI: www.klydemorris.com>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2024 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC