|National origin||United States|
|First flight||30 August 1985|
|Developed from||Bell 222|
The Bell D-292 was an American experimental helicopter developed by Bell Helicopters for the United States Army Advanced Composite Airframe Program (ACAP) as part of the studies involved in the Light Helicopter Experimental (LHX) program.
Design and development[edit | edit source]
The Bell D-292 was developed under the US Army's Advanced Composite Airframe Program (ACAP) which was a project to develop an all-composite helicopter fuselage considerably lighter and less costly to build than predominantly metal airframes in support of the LHX program. In February 1981, contracts were awarded to Sikorsky and Bell Helicopters, with Sikorsky submitting the S-75. Both companies were to build three airframes, one tool-proof article, one static-test article and a flight-test vehicle.
The Bell D-292 used the Avco Lycoming engines, transmission, two-bladed main and tail rotors, tailboom, vertical fin, and rotor pylon from the Bell 222. The new airframe replaced metal with composites for greater strength, reduced weight and both lower manufacturing and maintenance costs.
Specifications[edit | edit source]
- Crew: 4
- Length: 40 ft 5 in (12.32 m)
- Height: 11 ft 2 in (3.40 m)
- Empty weight: 5,765 lb (2,615 kg)
- Max takeoff weight: 7,485 lb (3,395 kg)
- Powerplant: 2 × Avco Lycoming LTS 101-750C-1 turboshaft, 684 hp (510 kW) each
- Main rotor diameter: 42 ft 0 in (12.80 m)
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Bibliography[edit | edit source]
- Harding, Stephen (1997). U.S. Army Aircraft Since 1947. Atglen, PA, USA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd.. ISBN 978-0-933424-53-1.
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