First flight of the Bell 525 Relentless

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - Bell facility, Amarillo TX, United States of America



The prototype (registration N525TA) flew from the Bell facility in Amarillo TX (the world’s first commercial helicopter designed with a fully digital fly-by-wire (FBW) flight control system) (see VERTIFLITE September/October 2015, Page 12).

The second prototype (FTV-2 - registration N525BK) flew on 23 Dec 2015 (see VERTIFLITE March/April 2016, Page 6).

The third prototype (FTV-3) flew 22 Apr 2016 from Amarillo, TX (see VERTIFLITE July/August 2016, Page 6). This aircraft was more heavily instrumented to cover load survey testing.


Aircraft related to this milestone
Bell 525 Relentless