Helicopter History

Historic images, posts, articles and data

Thanks to Cristian MAGRO for this image of the Aerospatiale AS350B2 Ecureuil Eliabruzzo I-ELBR … wearing a brand new paintjob. Trento Mattarello, October 2017.

Thanks to Stefano CULATTI for this image from the past … Aerospatiale AS350B2 Ecureuil Eliabruzzo I-ELBR, taking off from Imola F1 Race Circuit, May 2004.

One of the very first Agusta-Bell AB412SP produced in Italy … this helicopter, construction number 25602, was originally delivered to EliSud as I-LEMA during August 1989 … after very few years of duty in Southern Italy was returned to Agusta Factory and subsequently leased to Sweden Army as 11338 for approximately two years (1993-1994). After the lease in Sweden “25602” returned in Italy and was finally registered as I-MAGM. Always wearing the original EliSud color scheme was than bought by Elilario Italia and operated for several years on behalf of 118 Regione Lombardia – Elisoccorso Como. This helicopter was, for a long time, a very well known machine flying in our skies. With the arrival of the new AW139s within Elilario Italia (Inaer Italia) fleet, I-MAGM was used as a backup machine for a while, and, afterward, sold to Inaer Spain in the second half of 2008 as EC-KUV.

This Eurocopter AS350B3 Ecureuil c/n 3698 was briefly registered in Italy as I-EWAY [owned by BN Commercio e Finanza, Roma] during the year 2005, than immediately cancelled towards Peru. Here you can see the helicopter still wearing the full color scheme of Helicoptere Service SA, the previous Swiss operator. The picture was taken at Eurotech facility in Caiolo (SO) during the month of August 2005.

 This beautiful SNCA Sud-Est SE313B Alouette II ( c/n 1242 ) I-BLIM was originally built in France during the year 1957 and subsequently imported in Italy during May 1999. On date 8 November 2017 was cancelled again towards France … hopefully we will see this helicopter in air again soon.