Spirit AeroSystems designed and built fuselage flies for the first time with Bell V-280
The Spirit AeroSystems built fuselage for the Bell V-280 lifted off for the first time at Bell’s Amarillo, Texas, facility Dec. 18.
“Spirit AeroSystems would like to congratulate Bell Helicopter and Team Valor on achieving first flight of the V-280,” said Krisstie Kondrotis, senior vice president of Spirit Defense. “Spirit is a proud member of Team Valor, providing the entire fuselage for the V-280 Air Vehicle Concept Demonstrator Competitive Prototype, and we look forward to supporting Bell and the U.S. Army to transform the future of vertical lift for all armed forces.”
Spirit Defense designed and built the fuselage in just 22 months at the company’s Rapid Prototype facility in Wichita, Kansas. The 47 foot long fuselage is comprised of aluminum sub-structure with composite skins.