June 12, 1999 :
Boeing Sikorsky Features RAH-66 Comanche at Paris
Paris, France ( Sikorsky Press Release ) -
The Boeing Sikorsky Joint Program Office will feature the U.S. Army's 21st century combat helicopter, the RAH-66 Comanche, at the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport, June 12-20, 1999.
Comanche Prototype No. 2 will be on display in the U.S. pavilion, and the Boeing
Sikorsky Comanche Team will operate Chalet #411 near the flight line.
Comanche No. 2 recently completed its initial flight test schedule, accumulating more
than four flight hours in four flights in April after its maiden flight on March 30. The
aircraft has a total of 4.9 hours in five flights.
During Prototype No. 2's flights, test engineers evaluated and validated primary flight
control software and completed data collection for infrared (IR) signature testing on the
aircraft's exhaust system. Test flights included about an hour of formation flight with
Comanche Prototype No. 1.
Prototype No. 2 is scheduled to resume flight in 2001, when it will serve as the test
platform for the Comanche's Mission Equipment Package (MEP), the rotorcraft's
integrated digital target acquisition, navigation and communication system.
Following its successful test flights, Prototype No. 2 was on static display at the Army
Aviation Association of America's annual meeting and exhibition in Nashville, Tenn., in
The RAH-66 Comanche, the U.S. Army's 21st century combat helicopter, is being
developed by U.S. Army Aviation and a team of leading aerospace companies
headed by Boeing and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of United
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