SYNOPSIS: This is a new Anglo-French military helicopter...holder of the latest world speed record for?
SYNOPSIS: This is a new Anglo-French military helicopter...holder of the latest world speed record for its class. it's seen here in trials in West Germany and Britain before the record attempt.
Over a measured course near Glastonbury, in England, the Westland-Aerospatiale Lynx, achieved a speed of 200 miles an hour (321 kms) over a 15-25km straight course. It was piloted by Westland's deputy chief pilot, Roy Mexam.
The aircraft used for the record run was the utility prototype which will be delivered to the British army.
No special development was undertaken for the record attempt. The Lynx was fitted with its standard Rolls-Royce BS 360 engines, each rated at nine hundred shaft horse power.
In its role as a general purpose military helicopter, the Lynx will be able to carry nine fully-armed soldiers as well as its crew of two.
The Lynx is one of three types which are being produced for the armed services of Britain and Frances under the terms of the agreement signed by both countries in nineteen-sixty-seven. It's designed to meet the requirements of the army and navy although a civil version is also planned.