Jan 282012
 

A publicity photo of the BAT (Bell Advanced Tiltrotor), a circa 1984 concept for a one-man attack tiltrotor to complete in the Army scout helicopter program (LHX – Light Helicopter Experimental) that led to the abortive RAH-66 Comanche. Shown here is a full-scale mockup; the prop-rotors as shown are substantially chopped down from the length they’d be on the actual aircraft. The BAT would have outperformed all other competitors except for hover performance; but the Army did not want a fixed-wing vehicle, so the BAT did not progress very far in the competition.

A hi-rez of this image can be found HERE.

 Posted by at 11:47 pm
  • Just a guess but I bet they didn’t want a fixed-wing because of the fits USAF would have about them ‘breaking’ the Key West accords.

  • Michael the Somewhat Civilized

    Why not sell it as a sport plane?

  • allen

    I wonder how much of this is related to the Bell Mighty Mouse?

    http://up-ship.com/blog/blog/?p=107

    from the looks of the mighty mouse it would have been more of an OV-10 replacement instead of pure attack like the BAT, but they could have been, mechanically at least, very similar.

    I could have sworn that I read somewhere the BAT mockup still exists but I can’t find it.

    • Anonymous

      > I could have sworn that I read somewhere the BAT mockup still exists but I can’t find it.

      A few years ago the museum that had it closed up shop, and the BAT mockup was sold. Don’t know to who, though. See this to be uninformed: http://up-ship.com/blog/blog/?p=8014

      • allen

        I sure hope it didn’t end up in some scrap pile. that would be a damn shame. not like they’d get much for it as scrap..beneath the skin it was probably mostly wood.