If we go back to mid-1980s, the Guinness book of records the world’s fastest helicopter held by a British Army Westland Lynx helicopter with the speed 249 mph. But a couple days ago, the Sikorsky X2, a helicopter which has been working on the X2 since 2005, can reach maximum speed to 258 mph. It is still an unofficial top speed. If they want to claim the Guinness title, they have to repeat the high-speed run accompany with the Guinness officials.
The Program Manager, Advanced Programs of The X2, Jim Kagdis said,
“The X2 Technology demonstrator’s latest flight is continuing to push the speed envelope, successfully flying approximately 50 knots faster than a traditional helicopter”.
“Vibration levels and aircraft performance have continued to meet or exceed our expectations, so we are pleased to report that all systems are ‘go’ in our mission to achieve a 250-knot cruise speed later this year.”
Well, lets take a look what the Sikorsky X2 can do next. Are they can repeat the high-speed and take the title of world’s fastest helicopter? To find more information about the Sikorsky X2, visit sikorsky.com.