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While Gulfstream's G650 private jet streaks along at north of 600 mph, conventional choppers like the police or your local traffic reporter might use maxes out around 160 mph. Quick, but not that quick when talking about flight. Airbus thinks it found a way of closing the speed gap without sacrificing a helicopter's inherent advantages: add wings and props to create an aircraft that can take off and land vertically, hover, and cruise at a heady 250 mph. Airbus calls it the Racer, for Rapid and Cost-Effective Rotorcraft.
originally posted by: ignorant_ape
a reply to: Flipper35
damm it - didnt look carefully - i assumed that it had a NOTAR system in the rear boom
now - looking at it again - it doesnt make sense
with no tail rotar - one wingtip thruster has to provide twice the thrust of the other
looking at igoogle images - it has no torque control system [ unless the wingtip thrusters are doing it - in which case - see above ]