Aug 3 2010Sikorsky X2: The World's Fastest Helicopter

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Pfft, and you thought your helicopter was fast. YOUR HELICOPTER IS SLOW. My Neon goes faster than your helicopter! Just kidding, I drive an Explorer. And it's twice as fast. Plus has torpedoes and razor-blade hubcaps.

The Sikorsky X2 isn't even a finished vehicle yet and it's already broken the rotorcraft speed record of 249 mph set in 1986 -- though just barely. Then again, at 258 mph, the X2 is just getting started.


The first thing anyone notices about the X2 -- Sikorsky, it's worth noting, was founded by rotorcraft pioneer Igor Sikorsky in 1925 -- is its double-decker, triple quadruple blade design. It's also got a six-bladed prop in the back, and it's all designed to give the craft excellent handling even at high speeds.

I didn't bother reading any of that, but based on the picture I assume the key to a faster helicopter is more rotors. Which is why I just offered to build the government a 180-blade roflcopter to the tune of 40 billion dollars. F***ing light-speed yo.

Hit the jump for a bunch more shots of the copter in action.

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Thanks to Joseph, who refuses to ride in a helicopter without parachute pants on. You, uh, know that's not how those work, right?

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I thought it was RC until after the jump

I got my old neon going 160 k/h, then I got scared and slowed down. I was impressed, it is a prretty shitty car

Hella nice.

2 rotors spinning in opposite direction so no stabilizing rotor in back is needed. Instead it looks like the back rotor is used for forward propulsion.

The 2nd picture suggests it can it fly upside down

and by that I mean fly itself

I shot a man once. It wasn't pretty. He did deserve it though. Both of us understood that.

you've got a real pretty mouth boy....

Moo

Give me a jetpack or give me death

Upside down boy you turn me
inside out and round and round
upside down boy you turn me
inside out and round and round

Yeah Sikorski! CT represent!

where do i get mine

It's Airwolf IRL =^_^=

I'll take a roflcopter!

Objection your onion! That's not a helicopter, it's got a rear facing rotor! That's nothing more than a gyrocopter with a co-axial rotor system. It's not a proper helicopter if it uses a dedicated forward momentum system.

If you're going to count that as a helicopter, than it's trumped by the MV-22, which has a maximum speed of over 350mph, and much more claim to being a helicopter than this.

Well said. I never thought I would agree with this opinion, but I’m starting to view things from a different view. I have to research more on this as it seems very interesting. One thing I don’t understand though is how everything is related together.

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We all know that no helicoptor can fly upside down except for air wolf and that is with rocket assistance

I did my internship for mechanical engineering at Sikorsky. It was the most boring shit ever.

interesting, the routers act more like wings (wish also allows levitate/hover) and thus able to keep more smooth horizon axis where the back routers are powered for forward use, if you wanted speed, use jet engines instead of that back routers or mount some rockets ^^

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