tilt rotor


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tilt rotor

[′tilt ‚rōd·ər]
(aerospace engineering)
An assembly of rapidly rotating blades on a vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, whose plane of rotation can be continuously varied from the horizontal to the vertical, permitting performance as helicopter blades or as propeller blades.

tilt rotor

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VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft lifted in the hovering mode by one or more rotors rotated through approximately 90° for translational flight.
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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 and autogiros.
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.