Origin of the Species
We want speed! We want vertical lift! The Bell XV-3 Tilt-rotor was the first to satisfy all aeronautical tastes.
- By Jay Miller
- Air & Space magazine, July 2004
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The restoration efforts will be shepherded by Charles Davis, one of the original XV-3 engineers. “Looking at it today, I realize just how basic it really was,” he says. “But the XV-3 was able to do what it was designed for: Prove tilt-rotors could work. The V-22 and [civilian] model 609 are the result.”