Valor tiltrotor makes first cruise transition
Bell’s V-280 Valor tiltrotor, which first flew last December, transitioned to full cruise configuration for the first time on 11 May, reaching 190kt, and is expected to be flying farther and faster through the rest of the summer. Design cruise speed is 290kt. The aircraft is being developed jointly by Bell and Lockheed Martin for the US Army’s Future Vertical Lift Programme. The Valor will carry up to twelve troops or a 9,000lb underslung load.
Bell V-280 Valor has already reached 190 knots in cruising flight, is designed to hit 290