Pace set­ting Siko­rsky X2 pre­served in the NASM

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Siko­rsky has do­nated its X2 Tech­nol­ogy Demon­stra­tor to the Smith­so­nian’s Na­tional Air and Space Mu­seum at the Steven F. Ud­varHazy Cen­ter in Wash­ing­ton, DC. The X2 first flew in 2008, and on 15 Septem­ber 2010 un­of­fi­cially broke the ro­tor­craft world speed record by fly­ing at more than 250kt. In 2010 the X2 was awarded the Col­lier Tro­phy ‘for the great­est achieve­ment in aero­nau­tics or as­tro­nau­tics in Amer­ica, with re­spect to im­prov­ing the per­for­mance, ef­fi­ciency, and safety of air or space ve­hi­cles, the value of which has been thor­oughly demon­strated by ac­tual use dur­ing the pre­ced­ing year.’

“Our X2 Tech­nol­ogy Demon­stra­tor is a great ex­am­ple of the pi­o­neer­ing, in­no­va­tive spirit our team has to ac­com­plish what some peo­ple may be­lieve to be im­pos­si­ble,” said Mark Miller, Siko­rsky’s Vice-pres­i­dent of En­gi­neer­ing and Tech­nol­ogy. “X2 was a suc­cess for many rea­sons. Not only did that he­li­copter ac­com­plish all of the key ob­jec­tives we estab­lished, but it also rein­vig­o­rated and en­er­gized our he­li­copter com­mu­nity to con­tinue to reach new lev­els of tech­nol­ogy. We are hon­oured to have our he­li­copter join the ranks of the air­craft at the Smith­so­nian.”

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