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If you include military helicopters it is estimated that there are more than 45,000 operating worldwide.
The fastest helicopter is the Westland Lynx, which flew at 402 km/h on 6 August 1986. The Westland Lynx is a British multi-purpose military helicopter designed and built by Westland Helicopters at its factory in Yeovil.
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The Piasecki X-49 SpeedHawk is a four-bladed twin-engined experimental compound helicopter under development by Piasecki Aircraft. The X-49A is based on the airframe of a Sikorsky YSH-60F Seahawk but utilizes Piasecki's proprietary vectored thrust ducted propeller (VTDP) design and includes the addition of lifting wings. The concept of the experimental program is to apply the VTDP technology to a production military helicopter to determine any benefit gained through increases in performance or useful load.