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Bell BA-609 (N609PA) - A moment before touching down at the Leonardo Helo facility is this is 2016 AgustaWestland Tiltrotor Aircraft AW609 in the Spring of 2020.
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Bell BA-609 (N609PA)


A moment before touching down at the Leonardo Helo facility is this is 2016 AgustaWestland Tiltrotor Aircraft AW609 in the Spring of 2020.


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warmwyndsPhoto Uploader

Thank you for the comment on the Tiltrotor. This is a fun one to catch!
Rick Hoffman
Nice photo !
warmwyndsPhoto Uploader
Rick Hoffman:

Living in the vicinity of where this tiltrotor is based should render some more cool postings of this aircraft in the future. Thanks for the comment!
Very happy to see this platform progress. In the 80's and 90's I was involved with the 609 flight testing at NASA Ames, was not always fast progress because a great deal was to be learned. Experimental racks in, racks out, rack in, rack out. I remember those days, most data was on an 8 track tape and the transition to composite blades, well that's another story…;.
warmwyndsPhoto Uploader

Thank you for the insight on your early days of the aircraft. Never would have thought that 8-Track tapes (alien technology) would have been used for data storage.
C.W. Reed
What a great catch! 5 star+++++++++

warmwyndsPhoto Uploader

Haven't seen much of you lately around this site. Thanks for the comment on this rotorcraft as it is a local favorite that I catch once in a while.
C.W. Reed
Been awhile, my friend. I'll be around more often now.:-)

This thing just flew - S L O W L Y and with a LOT of noise over my office.

Me and a co-worker just stood outside staring at it gradually pass overhead at 6k ft.

It is an ungainly beast. Did I mention it was LOUD?
warmwyndsPhoto Uploader

I actually was in view of the airport and saw that rotorcraft departing to the west. It does have a unique noise, unlike regular helos. Thanks for the comment.
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