View photosMoreHttps%3a%2f%2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fstory%2fthumbnail%2f9438%2fhttps 3a 2f 2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com 2fuploads 2fcard 2fimage 2f94321 2fexph-0726-10The hybrid aircraft is an advanced version of the Airbus' Eurocopter X3, which is currently under development and set an unofficial record in 2013 for the world's fastest helicopter, attaining a top speed of 263 knots — or about 303 miles per hour — in a descent.That's still much slower than a commercial jet, but for a helicopter, it's greased lightning."Airbus' Eurocopter X3 is the fastest helicopter in the world," said Deepak Gupta of PatentYogi, which made the above video to demonstrate the patent's ideas.Airbus' "compound helicopter" is capable of reaching high speeds due to its fixed airplane components.When pilots want to attain higher speeds, they bring the aircraft to a low pitch, essentially converting the helicopter into a plane.Another unique feature of the hybrid helicopter is its absence of a tail rotor.
Airbus has filed a patent update to its experimental hybrid X3 helicopter — the world's fastest chopper that can soar through the skies at speeds of 293mph by using innovative aeroplane-like, wing-mounted propellers.The aerospace manufacturer has been secretly working on its high-speed hybrid helicopter X3 design for years, which was previously known as the Eurocopter X3 with its first flight taking place back in 2010.What makes this aircraft so special is its revolutionary compound design that uses a traditional main rotor for vertical take-off but also wing propellers you'd see on an aeroplane.This newly filed patent looks to update to its design by placing the motors behind the wings rather than at the front "which results in comfort by reducing noise and vibrations and increased passenger safety" according to the patent granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office.It also goes on to say that the new propeller positions will help increase the amount of lift and offer "considerable advantages" for aerodynamics.Having a chopper that can hit high-speeds for long distances could be a huge advantage for military missions and medical evacuations as well as changing the landscape for business travel.
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