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The AW-609 tilt-rotor (airplane+helicopter) sets speed record on 1000 km journey: 2 hours 18 minutes from UK to Italy

Rome, Italy - It is set to achieve FAA civil certification in 2017

The Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland AW-609 TiltRotor (airplane+helicopter) set a speed record on a 1000 km ‘point-to-point’ journey. The aircraft, with its unique combination of the turboprop airplane’s speed and helicopter’s take-off and landing capabilities, flew from its Yeovil facility in south-west England to its Cascina Costa facility near Milan, Italy, a distance of 1161 km (721 miles / 627 nm)...

fra/pec - 1170417

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