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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.

Tags:   Helicopters Sea King helicopters G-ATFM Sikorsky S-61N Mk II British International record-breaking helicopter

N 17 B 2.4K C 32 E May 21, 2015 F May 21, 2015
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This Robinson R44 Clipper II helicopter is about to land at Sywell airport, near Northampton. The helicopter is operated by Sloane Helicopters, who are based there. They claim to be the UK's leading supplier of helicopter sales and services, which include a wide range of flying training courses.

Tags:   Northamptonshire Sywell Airport Sloane Helicopters Robinson R44 helicopter helicopters in flight *WOW* L-2 *WOW* L-3

N 12 B 2.3K C 8 E May 21, 2015 F May 21, 2015
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Sywell Aerodrome is located some six miles north-east of Northampton, and was originally opened in 1928 on the edge of Sywell village. During WWII RAF Sywell (as it became), was used as a training facility and was later an important centre for the repair of bomber aircraft.

An all-weather hard runway was opened in 2010, enabling small jet aircraft to use the facility. The aerodrome caters for private flying, flight training and corporate flights. There is one fixed-wing flying school, one microlight school and a helicopter school operated by Sloane Helicopters. There is a 1930s Art Deco hotel which has bar and restaurant facilities. Aviation related industries and businesses are also located at the aerodrome.

The Blades aerobatic display team are based at Sywell. They perform aerobatic displays at major events around the country, in Europe, and in the Middle East.

Tags:   Northamptonshire Sywell Aerodrome airports light planes helicopters Sywell Airport

N 170 B 37.5K C 29 E Oct 21, 2018 F Oct 26, 2018
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Having only a few seconds before been driving along a steep wooded river valley it came as a bit of a shock to come across this outstanding RAF interceptor of the '60s and '70s. It was mounted on a plinth on the premises of Castle Air just off the A38 near Liskeard in Cornwall.

It is actually 31 years since this plane took its last flight in November 1987. According to Wikipedia, the Lightning remains the only UK-designed and built fighter capable of Mach 2. It was designed, developed, and initially manufactured by English Electric and was operated by the RAF, the Kuwait Air Force and the Royal Saudi Air Force.

The Lightning was initially designed and developed as a high speed interceptor to defend the V bomber airfields from attack by anticipated future nuclear-armed supersonic Soviet bombers such as the Tupolev Tu-22, but it was subsequently also required to intercept other bomber aircraft such as the Tupolev Tu-16 and the Tupolev Tu-95. The Lightning had an exceptional rate of climb, ceiling, and speed but was limited by its fuel capacity. Later developments provided greater range and speed along with aerial reconnaissance and ground-attack capability.

Tags:   RAF Lightning F6 XS936 interceptors fighters planes Explored

N 17 B 2.0K C 4 E Oct 22, 2018 F Nov 8, 2018
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I spotted this AgustaWestland AW109E helicopter at the premises of Castle Air at Trebrown, near Liskeard in Cornwall. The company, which has other facilities at Biggin Hill and at Gloucestershire Airport, is involved in the charter, management and sales of aircraft. According to their website they have a fleet of AW109 turbine helicopters available to charter.

Developed as the A109 by Agusta, the helicopter originally entered service in 1976 and has since been used in various roles, including light transport, medevac, search-and-rescue, and military roles. The AW109 has been in continuous production for 40 years. It is a lightweight eight-seat twin-engine helicopter, known for its speed, elegant appearance and ease of control.

Sources: Wikipedia and www.castleair.co.uk

Tags:   Cornwall Castle Air Trebrown helicopters AgustaWestland AW109E G-ZIPE


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