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    Operational evaluation tests on a rigid-rotor helicopter for United States military use have been completed at an army manoeuvres course in northern California.

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    Operational evaluation tests on a rigid-rotor helicopter for United States military use have been completed at an army manoeuvres course in northern California.

    The helicopter, Lockheed's AH-56A Cheyenne, was put through simulated battleground trials over a month, and same through its tests successfully, according to information supplied with this official film.

    It was required to undergo 36 hours of combat operations working with ground target tanks. Laser instrumentation was used to simulate weapon firing and to record hits. Data from the missions was fed into a central computer system for rating the helicopter's performance.

    During the manoeuvres, the Cheyenne, performing like a helicopter, climbed quickly from behind wooded foothills to fire on targets, descended, manoeuvred backwards or sideways, as well as forwards, and then, flying like a fighter aircraft, sped away across country, hugging the terrain.

    The Cheyenne, which has been under development since 1967, has flown at 238 miles (380 kms) an hour on a straight and level course, and 277 miles (450 kms) an hour in shallow dives.

    SYNOPSIS: At the United States Army's testing grounds in northern California, the rigid-rotor Cheyenne helicopter demonstrates its capabilities by flying backwards in special manoeuvres against ground forces. Information supplied with this officials film says that the helicopter, Lockheeds AH-fifty-six-A, was put through simulated battleground trials over a month, and came through its tests successfully.

    During the manoeuvres, the Cheyenne, performing like a helicopter, climbed quickly from behind wooded hills to fire on targets, descended, manoeuvred backwards, sidewards or forwards, and then, flying like a fighter aircraft, sped away country, hugging the terrain. Laser instrumentation was used to simulate weapon firing and to record hits. Data from the missions was fed into a central computer system for rating the helicopter 's performance. The Cheyenne, which has been under development since nineteen-sixty-seven, has flown at 238 miles an hour on a straight and level course, and 227 miles an hour in shallow dives.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAEKEJPKB94YTVQGF0VO7N5UFW
    Media URN:
    VLVAAEKEJPKB94YTVQGF0VO7N5UFW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/03/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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