What *is* that thing?

Working on an Army base, I’m used to seeing all kinds of airplanes and helicopters and now drones. But seeing this thing flying around made me wish for a pair of binoculars.

The Huntsville Times obliged with a nice article about this Siamese twin of an aircraft. It’s a Eurocopter X3, with the VTOL of a helicopter and a maximum speed of 232 knots so far.

Interesting with the twin rudders as opposed to a tail rotor. The rudders have some funny styling, too, kind of a sawtooth pattern in front of the flap.

There’s a video at the link, too, that I couldn’t successfully copy here. That video is better in my opinion than the ones on Youtube in that you can see and hear it in flight, and it’s not just a pretty ad for EADS.

6 thoughts on “What *is* that thing?”

  1. Don’t like, it’s ugly as hell and as far as a military application, those prop out there get in the way of rapid off loading, visibility etc. The Sikorsky X-2 is a lot better option IMO. Although to me it’s funny since these concepts have been around since the ’60s and we are just now figuring out how to really make them work. AH-56 anyone?

  2. Plus, I’m sure it will violate the West Point Agreement. Just like the old ’56.

  3. FYI, the part you call the rudder is a vertical stabilizer and what you call a flap is the rudder

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