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MD 520N HELICOPTER SETS PARIS-LONDON SPEED RECORD

 MD 520N HELICOPTER SETS PARIS-LONDON SPEED RECORD
 FARNBOROUGH, England, Sept. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- An eight-year-old


Paris to London speed record for single-engine helicopters has been beaten by a McDonnell Douglas MD 520N helicopter.
 The new record of 250.5 km/hr (155.7 mph) tops the old record of 235.15 km/hr (145.8 mph) set in 1984 in a Gazelle.
 Pilot Philip Queffelec and co-pilot Richard Fenwick, both of Paris, flew the NOTAR(TM) system-equipped helicopter 344 km (215 miles) from the French capital to London in 1 hour, 22 minutes, 29 seconds. Queffelec is the McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co. distributor for France, Belgium and Luxembourg.
 The flight went from Le Bourget Airport to Battersea Airport in central London. It was monitored by British and French air controllers and submitted to the Federation Aeronautic Internationale (FAI) for sanctioning.
 The MD 520N is the world's only single main-rotor helicopter to operate without a tail rotor, a fact that assisted in setting the record, according to Queffelec. "Cross winds across the English Channel were 50 to 60 knots," he said. "The NOTAR system was unaffected by the winds."
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