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We spotted this rather grand old lady of the skies twice flying over Cremyll in south-east Cornwall when we were there on 28 November 2017. Can it really be 50 years old?

According to www.helis.com/database/cn/192/ it was delivered in 1965 and entered the record books by making the first transatlantic flight by a civilian helicopter. A special extra fuel tank was fitted in the cabin. (See www.helis.com/database/news/transatlantic/)

It subsequently spent 16 years with British Airways (1970-86) and has been with British International since then, other than an eleven-year period (Jan 93 - May 04), when it was with other carriers. It has been based at Newquay Airport since May 2017.
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  • Taken: Nov 28, 2017
  • Uploaded: Dec 14, 2017
  • Updated: Nov 30, 2020