On Saturday, the largest unmanned helicopter built in China to date made its first flight in Weifang City of east China’s Shandong Province.Â With a max take-off weight of 757kg, it flew from the flight-test center of Weifang Tianxiang Aerospace Industry Co.Ltd, hovering for ten minutes, before performing a few manoeuvres before concluding with a stable landing.
The helicopter, with some marked design similarities to the Brantly B2 of the 1950s, has an availabile load of 80kg, maximum speed of 161kmh (100 mph, 86 knots) and a duration of over four hours.
The aircraft has been developed together by the following organizations:- Weifang Tianxiang Aerospace Industry Co.Ltd., Qingdao Haili Helicopters Manufacturing Co. Ltd, China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation.
Jeremy Parkin, HeliHub.com
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