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  • Okanagan 206


    Bell 206B JetRanger II C-FCQE (cn 535) as seen in Banff, Alberta, Canada on 28th September 1983 (Photo: Steve Aubury)

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    • Lynx and Scout


      Army Air Corps Lynx AH1 XZ172 (013) with Scout XW280 (F9735) as seen in the 1970's

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      • Agusta-Bell 206B JetRanger II G-AVIG (cn. 8004) as seen at Coventry on 18th May 1979 (Photo: Rob Hodgkins)

        Number 4 off Agusta's production line and the first JetRanger delivered to the UK, in March 1967.

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        • S-76A G-BHLY 'Glenrothes' (76-0046) as seen at Farnborough on 5th September 1980 (Photo: Terry Fletcher)


          Jim Edmundson standing beside S-76A G-BISZ (76-0156) as seen at Blackpool in the late 80's early 90's (Photo: Stuart Bellis)

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          • Industry insider
            Industry insider commented
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            1987 Sav. I ran that operation for the Fina drilling campaign using the Rowan California jack up rig. G-BISZ used to be based in Redhill and was used by Management and the UK Charter department. The Bristow above the door was for advertising when the TV cameras were showing a VIP disembarking.

          • Savoia
            Savoia commented
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            Grazie mille I.I. - much appreciated!

            I seem to recall BISZ was the subject of some discussion on the former thread, including the issue of the over-door lettering. Great stuff!

            Nice to see the 'Spirit' titles on BHLY, probably just prior to the name-use infringement case, which I think occurred not long after.



        • Bell 206A G-AWJL (cn. 181) as seen at Farnborough in September 1968 (Photo: Jack Poelstra)

          G-AWJL was the 19th JetRanger to be registered in the UK (1968) and the second Bell-built example.

          Sadly, fourteen months after her delivery she was written-off in an accident at Leavesden Aerodrome.

          She was operated by Point-to-Point Helicopters.

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          • Industry insider
            Industry insider commented
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            Its amazing how good a Bell 206 still looks 50 years later on Pop Outs and a standard simple Bell paint scheme. It still holds a magic for me.

          • Savoia
            Savoia commented
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            Agreed, she's only missing her skid fairings (plus the removal of her wheels) to make her even prettier! But yes, Bell struck gold when Charles Butler transformed the D-250 (YOH-4) into the 206.

            For an example with skid fairings fitted, see here: http://www.aviafora.com/forums/forum...=4947#post4947

            I once wrote a small piece about the transformation of the D-250 on that 'other' place and which you can read here: https://www.pprune.org/7843547-post2056.html

        • AB205A sn4002 HE10A-1 Granada, Spain, December 2017




          Ex-Spanish Air Force (Ejército del Aire) AB205A on display at the Granada Science Park in Andalusia, Spain. This is the 2nd built and probably oldest surviving AB205. This aircraft was also allocated the registrations EC-AYQ and EC-SSD during its career.

          If sn4001 I-UHAG is stored away somewhere by Agusta, it would be an interesting craft to see, as it was reportedly converted to AB205TA [Twin-Astazou] configuration.

          nosco

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          • Savoia
            Savoia commented
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            Very nice Nosco!

            I'm really not sure what happened to 001 but will make some enquiries when I'm next home. It would surely be nice to find a shot of her. The flight tests with the Twin-Astazou were carried-out in 1967 I believe.

            There was an additional 'TwinHuey' developed by Agusta, the 205BG, which was fitted with dual Bristol Siddeley Gnome H1200's. The test bed for this was cn.028 which seems (sadly) to have been dismantled. I have a colour photo of 028 at Farnborough in 1968 which I will post soon.



        • Bell 212 G-BAFN (cn.30550) as seen at Seething Airfield in Norfolk on 17th September 1978 (Photo: Phil Cossey)

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          • Classic Autos


            Canadian Bell 206 performing a zero speed full touchdown auto (throttle to idle) .. to water!

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            • H-34 BiBastan (aka the French Wessex)

              In seeking to advance its rotary-wing capabilities, the French Air Force commissioned two Sikorsky testbeds in the early 1960's with a view to developing an aircraft with improved performance and safety margins.


              The H-35 'BiBastan' at Marignane in 1962 being flown by Jean Boulet

              In cooperation with Turbomeca, two Sikorsky S-58's were modified to accept a pair of Turbomeca Bastan IV turbines providing 1,500 hp continuous usable power.

              The initial prototype was given the designator H-34 BB 01 (for 'BiBastan' or twin Bastan turbine) and performed its maiden flight on 5th October 1962 at Marignane. The craft was flown by test pilot Jean Boulet. The second prototype H-34 BB 02 made its first (and only) flight on 27 June 1963.

              The air force would go on to employ the SA330 Puma which Sud Aviation began developing after the BiBastan trials.

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              • Charles Hughesdon Garden Party in Ripley Surrey


                Scenes from one of Charles' garden parties taken from the early 70's

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                • Army Lynx


                  Lynx AH7 ZD280 (cn.302) as seen at Watch Tower R12 in South Armagh in the 1980's (Photo: Ian McClure)

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