The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!
Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012: Sikorsky S-97 Raider
By Fred Harl
Sikorsky brought their S-97 Raider mockup, a follow-on to the X2 technology demonstrator, to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012. The demonstrator, recently retired after flying over 250 knots and winning the Collier Trophy for aeronautic excellence, will be succeeded by the S-97 Raider Armed Aerial Scout contender. The new design will allow room for 6 troops or additional weapons loads while delivering exceptional flight performance in high-temperature environments. The aircraft will be featured on the Military Channel "Combat Tech" series this winter. Of course, cutting-edge aircraft like the S-97 Raider are seen publicly at AirVenture every year.