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Webinar: Art Linden, Comanche Program Director, hosted by VFS Stratford Chapter

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Please join the VFS Stratford Chapter in welcoming the September 2022 chapter dinner and webinar speaker, Art Linden, who was the Director of Boeing Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche Program from 1996 to 2000.

The RAH-66 Comanche program was cancelled in 2004 due to funding problems. It had been very successful technically, building a much-needed replacement for the Army's Vietnam-era light helicopters. New technologies included low observables - radar, IR and acoustic -, a bearing-less main rotor with a fly-by-wire flight control system, retractable weapons within a fully composite fuselage, and a fan-in-fin anti-torque system. This was combined with a breakthrough mission equipment package to better find and track an enemy at a range where the Comanche was undetectable. Twelve weeks prior to its cancellation the Army's Deputy Chief of Staff, after flying the aircraft, described it as "exceeding my expectations," "was easy to fly," and "should be put in the hands of soldiers as soon as possible". Art Linden will describe these events and the situation that led to the cancellation of this extremely successful helicopter technical development program.The RAH-66 Comanche program was cancelled in 2004 due to funding problems. It had been very successful technically, building a much-needed replacement for the Army's Vietnam-era light helicopters. New technologies included low observables - radar, IR and acoustic -, a bearing-less main rotor with a fly-by-wire flight control system, retractable weapons within a fully composite fuselage, and a fan-in-fin anti-torque system. This was combined with a breakthrough mission equipment package to better find and track an enemy at a range where the Comanche was undetectable. Twelve weeks prior to its cancellation the Army's Deputy Chief of Staff, after flying the aircraft, described it as "exceeding my expectations," "was easy to fly," and "should be put in the hands of soldiers as soon as possible".

Art Linden will describe these events and the situation that led to the cancellation of this extremely successful helicopter technical development program.


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