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Eurocopter EC665 HAP Tigre

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Eurocopter EC665 HAP Tigre, Paris Le Bourget Air Show 2009

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great photo@!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Andre Blanchard
Awesome 5*
Viv Pike
OK, so who can guess as to which was the first 'copter to be ale to fly upside down? 5 points to the person who knows :)
jobeard
Yes, inverted chopper operations is normally forbbiden.
The Apache was the first to do this due to a FIXED pitch rotor.
cliff731
jobeard... If I'm not mistaken the Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne and the Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm Bo 105 both preceded this helicopter to inverted flight. The two are also rigid rotor designs!
Viv Pike
jobeard & cliff - but the very first chopper to achieve inverted flight was the South African built Rooivalk
cliff731
Viv Pike - The Lockheed Cheyenne first flew in 1967. The MBB Bo 105 first took flight in 1970. The South African Denel Rooivalk first flight did not occur until 1990.
Viv Pike
Hi Cliff - I'm not doubting you at all. Your knowledge of aircraft certainly is a load more than mine !! Could those craft "perform inverted loops", or actually "fly upside down" ? According to Denel, when the Rooivalk first came out, it was the only helicopter in the world that could fly upside down.
cliff731
Viv Pike - I recall reading in the early 1970's that Lockheed's Cheyenne with its rigid rotor design was capable of inside loops. I've previously flown on a MBB 105 and recall that that the pilot of said helicopter mentioned the same capability,
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