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X3 and RACER: The Winning Formula For Faster Helicopter Flight

X3 and RACER: The Winning Formula For Faster Helicopter Flight

Update: 2020-09-24
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The X3’s legacy lives on with today’s RACER demonstrator, part of the European Union's Clean Sky 2 research programme. RACER improves upon the X3’s simple, proven formula, marrying higher speed with cost efficiency and fuel savings.


Flying 50% faster than a conventional helicopter by combining a main rotor with boxed wings and propellers, RACER could have a major impact on missions where speed means lives, such as emergency medical services and search and rescue.


On the 10th anniversary of the X3's first flight, let's take a walk back in time – and then into the future – with Tomasz Krysinski, the head of the X3 programme and today’s Head of Research & Innovation at Airbus Helicopters.


And don't miss the two previous episodes, with X3 test pilot Hervé Jammyrac, X3 flight test engineer Dominique Fournier, and U.S. tech rep Jonathan Hubbell.



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X3 and RACER: The Winning Formula For Faster Helicopter Flight

X3 and RACER: The Winning Formula For Faster Helicopter Flight