Boeing SkyHook JHL-40 Rotorcraft

Boeing SkyHook JHL-40 is the new stunning aircraft by Boeing and looks more like the design of the WWII period. The aircraft runs on the heavy-lift motorcraft, which can lift up to 40 tons, and can travel a distance of up to 200 miles in one refill. It is designed to travel in regions where no other means of transport can access and all this with maximum safety and minimum cost. This eight engine aircraft has four vertical rotors to lift the body with four directional propellers and each having a rotor for directing the same. The icing on the cake is that this big boy is environmental friendly too.

skyhook boeing JHL 40 rotorcraft

skyhook boeing JHL 40 rotorcraft

The SkyHook JHL-40 aircraft will be capable of lifting a 40-ton sling load and transporting it up to 200 miles without refueling in harsh environments such as the Canadian Arctic and Alaska. Currently, conventional land and water transportation methods in these undeveloped regions are inadequate, unreliable and costly. With its lifting capacity and range, the SkyHook JHL-40 aircraft changes that for a variety of industries around the world.

“There is a definite need for this technology. The list of customers waiting for SkyHook’s services is extensive, and they enthusiastically support the development of the JHL-40,” said Pete Jess, SkyHook president and chief operating officer. “Companies have suggested this new technology will enable them to modify their current operational strategy and begin working much sooner on projects that were thought to be 15 to 20 years away. This Boeing-SkyHook technology represents an environmentally acceptable solution for these companies’ heavy-lift short-haul challenges, and it’s the only way many projects will be able to progress economically.”

Boeing is designing and will fabricate two production prototypes of the JHL-40 at its Rotorcraft Systems facility in Ridley Park, Pa. Skyhook will own, maintain, operate and service all JHL-40 aircraft for customers worldwide. The new aircraft will enter commercial service as soon as it is certified by Transport Canada and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

via Boeing

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stephen russell says: December 11, 2009

Great way to ship cargo to Pacific islands vs surface ship.

Must improve speed to 400 mph.

Make larger.

Must for Commercial traffic & Air cargo mode.

M.Feist says: December 12, 2009

Just a small version of the old CargoLifter Project that died as no sponsor or the government give a credit of 1 million compared to the billions they put to mismanaged companies.

KevinC says: September 21, 2011

"The icing on the cake is that this big boy is environmental friendly too."

And then, the very next thing we see is pictures of it servicing some kind of factory or oil well in the Arctic and hauling logs out of a clearcut Canadian forest. If that's Boeing's idea of "environmentally friendly," I'd had to see what their idea of environmentally unfriendly is. *rolleyes*

On the plus side, a vehicle like this could be used to deploy full-scale field hospitals, emergency shelters, and so forth to disaster areas, or as a way to move products in areas without lots of road infrastructure, like Africa.







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