Good-Bye BK117 …
The MBB/Kawasaki BK117 (later Eurocopter BK117) helicopter type was in service in Italy since 1989 flying with several operators such as Elilombarda, Aeroveneta, Croce Alata, Avioriprese Jet Executive, Elilario, Alidaunia, Helitalia and Inaer Aviation Italia … but, after 28 years since the first one was registered, the last airworthy BK117 (I-DENI) was cancelled from the Italian Register on date 13 March 2017, heading north back to Airbus factory in Germany.
Thanks to Piero ALBISINO for this rare image of the first Airgreen helicopter … the Sud-Aviation SA318C Alouette II Astazou I-SWOK. Ready for take-off from Fiano (TO), May 1989.
17 March 1969 …
48 years ago the Sud-Aviation SA315B Lama made the first flight !
1969: SA315 “LAMA”
In 1968, in response to an invitation for bids from the Indian government, the Helicopter Division decided to combine the airframe of an Alouette II with the dynamic components of the Alouette III. The helicopter performed its first flight on March 17, 1969 with Roland Coffignot and Gérard Boutin at the crew.
It was initially planned to land the helicopter on top of the Himalayas. But authorization could not be obtained, and it was then decided that an attempt would be made to set a world record using the aircraft.
On June 21, 1972, Jean Boulet set the altitude record for all categories combined when he climbed to 12,442 meters. This officially certified record still stands today. The turbine also shut down due to the reduction in power, which means that the Lama also recorded the longest auto-rotation in the history of helicopter flying. Until the Ecureuil B3 came along, the Lama was the king of aerial mountain work thanks to the amazing amount of power it could generate for its weight. A total of 447 Lamas would be delivered by Sud Aviation / Aerospatiale. India also was licensed to manufacture the Lama under the name Cheetah.
Very rare image of the Elifrilulia’s Agusta-Bell AB47G2 I-COLO … resting at Cividale del Friuli (UD), 1976.
Here one very rare image of the Italian Brantly B-2A ( c/n 138 ) operated by Air Trading Italiana Srl. The helicopter was tested as I-RAIA and subsequently registered as I-AIRL. Fiera di Genova, September 1963. Thanks to Piero ALBISINO for this unique contribution.
Agusta Bell AB47J2A Ranger Eliservizi Italia Roma I-TULI … filming for Folco Quilici’s documentary “L’Italia vista dal Cielo”. Torino Aeritalia, July 1975. Thanks to Piero ALBISINO for this unique contribution.
Sud-Aviation SA341G Gazelle Heliduebi I-LDAV … resting in Sarnico (BS) during “Riva Raduni 2005” event, June 2005.
Sud-Aviation SA341G Gazelle [RA-….] ex I-LDAV … Vladivostock, July 2015.
Sud-Aviation SA341G Gazelle Ezio Denti Elicotteri I-LDAV ... resting at Milan Malpensa General Aviation, October 1998.
Agusta A109K2 Helitalia I-HBHB … operating on behalf of SAMU 26-07. Valence Hospital, February 1998.
Aerospatiale SA316B Alouette III Vigili del Fuoco Trento I-SINE … resting at Trento Mattarello, April 1990.