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Bell BA-609 (N609PA) - A moment before touching down at the Leonardo Helo facility is this is 2016 AgustaWestland Tiltrotor Aircraft AW609 in the Spring of 2020.
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Bell BA-609 (N609PA)

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A moment before touching down at the Leonardo Helo facility is this is 2016 AgustaWestland Tiltrotor Aircraft AW609 in the Spring of 2020.

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warmwyndsPhoto Uploader
rwb

Thank you for the comment on the Tiltrotor. This is a fun one to catch!
Rick Hoffman
Nice photo !
warmwyndsPhoto Uploader
Rick Hoffman:

Living in the vicinity of where this tiltrotor is based should render some more cool postings of this aircraft in the future. Thanks for the comment!
firewatch209
Very happy to see this platform progress. In the 80's and 90's I was involved with the 609 flight testing at NASA Ames, was not always fast progress because a great deal was to be learned. Experimental racks in, racks out, rack in, rack out. I remember those days, most data was on an 8 track tape and the transition to composite blades, well that's another story…;.
warmwyndsPhoto Uploader
firewatch209:

Thank you for the insight on your early days of the aircraft. Never would have thought that 8-Track tapes (alien technology) would have been used for data storage.
C.W. Reed
What a great catch! 5 star+++++++++

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warmwyndsPhoto Uploader
C.W.

Haven't seen much of you lately around this site. Thanks for the comment on this rotorcraft as it is a local favorite that I catch once in a while.
C.W. Reed
Been awhile, my friend. I'll be around more often now.:-)

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