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All new AH-6i

Fresh goods from Boeing here, a lovely shot of the production configured version of the AH-6i making its maiden flight. Boeing

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Big cat saves lives

Belatedly spotted on the Rex picture agency site is this wonderful shot of a French Search and Rescue helicopter – an Aerospatiale SA330 Puma no less – on a mission to rescue seamen from the stricken Spanish freighter Luno on 5 February near Bayonne, France. Rex Features

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Last lap for Canada’s Sea Kings

On the grounds that we’ll be seeing a lot less of these marvellous machines in the future (assuming Sikorsky gets its act togther and delivers some Cylcones) here’s a recent image taken from the Canadian Forces Combat Camera image site of a CH-124 doing its thing on the ocean wave. Department of National Defence

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Friday rotary fun

Ooooh, we like this. Taken from the UK’s Defence Images website is this cracking shot of an UK Commando Helicopter Force Westland Sea King taking off from the deck of HMS Illustrious while on exercises off the coast of Norway.

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Tiger, Tiger, burning bright

Great picture here sent in by reader George Empson showing a Eurocopter Tiger attack helicopter operated by the Australian army during a flight display over Brisbane. Love the reflections of skyscrapers in the windows. George Empson

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Dusty Black Hawk

Searching for an image of Sikorsky’s redoubtable UH-60 Bl;ack Hawk on the US Air Force site yielded this little gem. It apparently shows combat training taking place, but that’s not important, simply marvel at the image. US Air Force

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Bristow hits the bullseye

It looked good at Paris, it looked alright at Helitech, but this image of the AW189 in Bristow livery, just released by AgustaWestland, is even better. Bristow has firm orders for the helicopter – not least that it’s taking 11 for search and rescue work in the UK – but it may n0t get the very […]

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Apache

Ooooh look, another Apache

I know, I know, far too many of the damn things. But you can’t argue with the quality of the picture from AirSpace forum user vipmig – and on that basis I’m using it. User vipmig on flightglobal.com/AirSpace

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Canada’s newest recruit

Canada, bless its big bear-fur-lined socks, doesn’t have the best record with helicopter procurement (just where are those Cyclones, exactly?) so it’s heartening to encounter a rotorcraft in Royal Canadian Air Force markings from a programme that appears to be going just fine, thank you very much. This, of course, is the first new CH-147F Chinook on […]

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Apache, inverted (almost)

Another great photograph from the UK’s Defence Images website, this one showing a Westland/Boeing Apache attack helicopter from the Army Air Corps’ Apache display team being put through its paces at RAF Cosford earlier in the year. The team is drawn from 3 Rgt AAC, which is part of the Attack Helicopter Force within 16 Air Assault […]

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