With the speed and range of a turboprop and the vertical takeoff and landing performance of a helicopter, the tilt rotor promises to infiltrate, exfiltrate and resupply SOF over long distances in a single night.
Original requirements for the special operations tilt rotor were shaped by the 1980 aborted mission to rescue U.
In this much enlarged second edition, the author, a teacher and researcher in the field, seeks to provide a modern treatment of the aerodynamic principles of helicopters and other rotating-wing vertical lift aircraft, such as tilt rotors
It has the appearance of a conventional fixed wing aircraft, but with tilt rotors
at the end of each wing, it can maneuver up or down and hover.