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.