First flight of the BA 609 tilt rotor
Friday, March 7, 2003 - Bell Helicopter Flight Test facility, Arlington, TX, United States of America
The aircraft was originally produced by a joint company, Bell/Agusta Aerospace Company and was designated the BA609. Pilots were Senior Test Pilot Roy Hopkins and Dwayne Williams.
The program was then taken over by AgustaWestland (now Leonardo) and the aircraft is now designated the AW609.
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology, March 17, 2003, Page 17