Civil Helicopters in the archive

Have a look at this Flight article from 1957 on the development of the Fairey Rotodyne. Further on in the article you can marvel at the intricacies of the craft in our cutaway drawing.

There are some great illustrations of the World’s (retro) Helicopters published in 1953.

1953 helicopters.jpgFlight ponders what the future holds for civil helicopters. Journalist Ian Parker wrote in 1985: “It is a sad fact that, when recession strikes, research and development are often among the first activities to be cut.”

Flight reports that research is under way at Eurocopter to develop “a new breed of helicopter that will offer passengers regional airliner levels of comfort, and pilots a higher degree of all-weather safety”.

Lighthouses are, by force of nature, built in remote places, and ever since the first were erected they have posed difficulties in the transfer of men and equipment. Helicopters land on the helipad of the Eddystone automatic lighthouse, 13 miles off the shore of Plymouth, UK. “Landing on the 25ft-diameter grid platforms on top of the tower lighthouses calls for good focus of attention and no vertigo.”


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One Response to Civil Helicopters in the archive

  1. JAMES SPEORL 13 March, 2010 at 9:13 am #

    I am looking to solve the mystery of a very unusual helicopter I used to see as a kid in the PG County, Maryland area, 1970-73. I have never seen one like it before or since then. I have determined by comparing my vivid memory (swift moving, white with red stripes, rounded looking, fixed-wheeled, jet-style design) to Internet identification photos that the model in question must be the SUD Alouette III. This makes sense as it best matches my memory, it was used for corporate/charter service and my few sightings were of it flying over and quickly descending to land in the distance near a business/industrial park (Industrial City Hyattsville/Bladensburg, Md). It acted as if it were making a runway landing rather than a typical vertical move. I could never pinpoint just where it was landing or who owned it. I am now trying to locate the possible destination, as well as the operator of it. I thought maybe it was a corporate copter for one of the trucking companies in that area? I have discovered there was “one” Alouette listed in Maryland at the Montgomery County Airpark, circa 1970. Does any helicopter buff in this region know of a detailed list of all Alouette models in the region during 1970-1973, as well as have any images? Help solve this mystery!

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