On 8 December 2011, I grabbed my Nikon D3100 camera and joined Flight International helicopter test pilot Peter Gray (pictured above with his Sikorsky experimental test pilot for the day, Greg Barnes) for a test flight and photo shoot of the new Sikorsky S-76D twin-engine medium helicopter, set for certification and first deliveries later this year.
Below is a YouTube video I made of the event. Not a bad day at the office, I must say.
For airborne photos, Sikorsky provided the photogs with an S-76A model. With the left and right rear sliding doors opened aft, myself and a photog from Vertical magazine in Canada, had vast views of the southern Florida landscape near West Palm Beach and the S-76D on a beautiful December day.