Eurocopter X3 helicopter breaks two speed records

                         Eurocopter X3 and Albatross
The Eurocpter X3 helicopter has recently broken two speed records, the first a speed of 263 knots in a descent and the second a speed of 255 knots in level flight.

With these two successes, the X3 surpasses the unofficial speed record for a helicopter.

“It’s no exaggeration to say that the X3 is clearly in its element at high speeds.” said Eurocopter test pilot Hervé Jammayrac. “While flying at both 255 knots and 263 knots, the X3 performed exactly as it has throughout its flight envelope, exhibiting outstanding stability and providing a low vibration level without any anti-vibration system.”

“Based on the X3 technologies, Eurocopter will continue setting the standard on future helicopters – offering our customers new levels of performance in terms of speed, range and mission capabilities at competitive costs,” said CEO of Eurocopter, Guillaume Faury. “The outstanding X3 achievements result from the commitment and excellence of our teams. I want to recognize everyone involved in the demonstrator’s development.”

The company released a video

Photograph: (Copyright © Alain Ernoult) Eurocopter X3 in flight with an Albatross AL39

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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