2019 Engine Yearbook
Hefty Bee

Rolls-Royce’s ‘Hefty Bee’ Helps New Advancements Take Flight


In the world of civil aviation, engine manufacturers test their engines by attaching them to specially remodelled research aircraft called ‘flying testbeds’ or FTBs (hence the nickname ‘Hefty Bee’).

And the Hefty Bee has been busier than Rolls-Royce ever expected. Though it was originally intended for just 150 hours – and only 25 flights – so far, it’s racked up more than 800 hours in the sky from more than 250 flights.

Find out what the Hefty Bee has been busy doing here.

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