Bell 609

By Evan Ackerman

In the market for a new form of transportation? Trying to decide between an Agusta A109 and a Pilatus PC-12? Well, forget those, just forget them. Mortgage your house, rob a couple banks, and sell your friends into slavery ’cause a civilian version of the V-22 Osprey is now up for grabs. Called the Bell 609, it’s functionally the same (albeit a lot smaller) than its big brother, sporting the ability to take off and land with the versatility and precision of a helicopter. After takeoff, it can rotate its engines forward to vertical allowing it to fly with the speed and efficiency of an airplane. It’ll seat up to 9 passengers, has an 1100 mile range, and can hit 300 mph at 25,000 ft.

Bell 609

What’s this little toy going to set you back? Unsurprisingly, it’s likely to be somewhere north of $20 million. And considering the uninspiring development record of the original V-22 (which cost $70 million a pop or $115 million fully outfitted, by the way), you might want to set aside a little extra for maintenance. And flight school.

[ Bell 609 ] VIA [ Danger Room ]


  1. This is perfect for NY. Flies like a plane but can land anywhere. However the osprey has good track record of flying, bad track record on landing.