The X3 ( X-Cube ) is an experimental compound helicopter demonstrator developed from the EC.155 which in turn is the latest version of the Dauphin. The goal was to prove the concept of a high-speed helicopter and the X3 did so on May 2011 when flew at a speed of 430 km/h (267 mph) for several minutes. The only aircraft built is on display at the French National Air and Space Museum at Le Bourget, Paris
Clean Sky 2 Demonstrator Advancing, 01-Jun-16 : A mockup of the breakthrough airframe design of a high-speed, compound helicopter demonstrator has just undergone wind tunnel testing in an Airbus facility
X3 to the France national Air and Space museum, 19-Jun-14 : LE BOURGET, France - After opening the frontiers of flight during a record-setting test program, Airbus Helicopters’ X3 is now ready for its place in history as this high-speed helicopter demonstrator is welcomed for display at the French national musée de l’Air et de l’Espace (Air and Space museum) of Paris-Le Bourget.
X3 reaches 255 kn 472 km/h during level flight, 11-Jun-13 : The Eurocopter X3 hybrid helicopter has opened the frontiers of aviation by attaining a speed milestone of 255 knots (472 km/hr) in level flight on June 7. Several days before this accomplishment, the X3 reached a speed of 263 knots (487 km/hr) during a descent. With these two successes, the X3 surpasses the unofficial speed record for a helicopter.
Eurocopter X3 completes US tour at Pentagon, 26-Jul-12 : Washington, D.C. - Eurocopter completed its U.S. tour of the X³ high-speed hybrid helicopter today at the Pentagon, where the aircraft landed and was on static display.
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