Bell FCX-001

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FCX-001
FCX-001 angle.jpg
Mock-up at Heli-Expo 2017
Role Research helicopter
National origin United States
Manufacturer Bell Helicopter
Status Concept

The Bell FCX-001 is an American experimental concept helicopter built by Bell Helicopter. It was first presented to the public at Heli-Expo 2017 in Dallas on March 7, 2017.[1]

Design and development

On March 7, 2017, Bell Helicopter presented a conceptual, futuristic looking aircraft. The mock-up presented is configured for eight passengers, but will be capable of accommodating up to 12.[1] On top of the aircraft are five "morphing" main rotor blades which aim to allow the tip of each blade to move between different flight regimes.[2] This feature is supposed to maximize efficiency and performance and reduce noise. The airframe is a little bit bigger than that of a Bell 412.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c Vertical Online Magazine Bell Helicopter unveils futuristic FCX-001 concept aircraft
  2. ^ Flying Mag, Bell Unveils FCX Concept

External links

  • Bell FCX-001 page
  • Bell’s FCX-001 Concept Helicopter Showcases Future Technology – AINtv
  • Look Inside the Sleekest Helicopter That Will Never Fly – Bloomberg
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