A hybrid aircraft, that is part helicopter, part airplane and has the potential to change civil avia.....
A hybrid aircraft, that is part helicopter, part airplane and has the potential to change civil aviation, takes its first flight in Arlington, Texas, March 7, 2003. Texas-based Bell/Agusta Aerospace Co. said its BA 609 tilt-rotor aircraft flew at an altitude of about 50 feet (15 meters) in its first test flight. The aircraft has engines that pivot 90 degrees so it can take off vertically like a helicopter then fly horizontally like a plane. "The first flight was flawless, the 609 performed exactly as we knew it would," said [Roy Hopkins the Bell/Agusta test pilot at the controls of the aircraft.]
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(Credit : REUTERS/ Bell/Agusta Aerospace)