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Post by (A/229) Shek on Tue 6 Jan - 11:40

Many things were at play here including their rigid rotor system, carbon fiber composite fuselage, altitude and wind that day. Plus their experience and the aviation gods were watching over them.


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Post by (HHC/229) flyer on Tue 6 Jan - 12:50

Those were some lucky fellows...that would have probably been un-survivable in any other air frame.  Bet they were cutting little doughnuts in their seats...very skilled pilots. Excellent video, thanks for sharing Shek.

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Post by (HHC/229) GunfighterSIX on Tue 6 Jan - 14:09

Amazing

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Post by (B/229) NeF on Tue 6 Jan - 14:40

Holy cow that was scary pale
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Post by (A/229) Bandit 89 on Wed 7 Jan - 14:33

Holy Crap! Well done by those guys. A couple of very scary banks in that descent.
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Post by (C/229) Wallaby on Wed 7 Jan - 17:59

Nice, thanks for sharing
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Post by (A/229) DeadHorse on Thu 8 Jan - 4:55

Fantastic, a proof of how experience can help, at least to keep you from panicking... The new fuselage concept is also perfect and simple, and now also proven...
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Post by (A/229) Shek on Thu 8 Jan - 10:24

Thankfully they had a 4 blade rigid rotor system, if that would have been a 2 blade semi rigid like the Huey, they would have had mast bumping due to the low G maneuvers almost immediately and ripped the head right off.

They went into so many low G maneuvers since the machine was pretty much flying itself at some points.
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