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Euro Copter x3 SmallThe high-speed Airbus Helicopters’ X3 demonstrator is the latest and probably the most unusual exhibit now showing at the French national Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace (Air and Space Museum) of Paris-Le Bourget.

The X3 (X-Cubed) is holds the fastest helicopter in level flight speed record of an incredible 255 Knots, set in 2013, making aviation history. Whilst the X3 has now completed it's testing the engineers at Airbus learnt an incredible amount about the performance and limitations of rotary flight at such high speeds.


The combination of higher cruise speeds and excellent VTOL performance is well-suited for military use, such as special forces operations, troop transport, SAR and medical evacuation. The H3 concept, which the X3 was the test bed, is designed for to service long transit flights at high speeds, while retaining full vertical lift and hover capabilities – all at a very affordable cost and Airbus certainly believes it will find a willing market for the H3 design concept.

The UK oil industry would of course be a potential and obvious customer. Recent issues with the current fleet of helicopters and lower maintenance costs added to the other benefits the X3 may be in production as early as 2020.


Quite apart from getting up close to the X3 the Air and Space museum has many other worthwhile exhibits such as Concord, a planetarium, simulators and of note a special exhibition dedicated to the British aviator Amy Johnson. "Amy Johnson - the fate of a heroine!" who was the first woman to have flown solo from the UK to Australia in 1930 and died in mysterious circumstances crashing into the English Channel. The Amy Johnson exhibit is on until August 31, is open to all and free to access.

For more information visit the website or contact:

Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace
Pascale Nizet
Tel: +33 (0)1 9 92 70 16
Mon: +33 (0)6 03 74 18 42

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