At the Paris Air Show in June, Bell and Boeing announced a civilian version of their tilt-rotor V-22, Model 609. They already have 36 orders. A contentious program, V-22 was supported by Congress partly in the expectation that it would have an important civilian spin-off; the emergence of Model 609 seems to show that Congress was right. Bell Boeing is advertising a 750nautical mile range and a 275-knot top speed for the Model 609; additional tanks could extend the range. They apparently hope that ultimately larger offshoots of their Model 609 will replace the small turbo-props currently widely used for commuter operations.
World Naval Developments: They Built It - and People Came
By Norman Friedman