Helicopter History

Historic images, posts, articles and data

Agusta-Bell AB412 ( c/n 25503 ) I-MGPE

The Agusta-Bell AB412 I-MGPE operated by Elilario was flying on behalf of Regione Lombardia – Pubbliche Assistenze – USL 75-9 from Milano Ospedale Niguarda Helipad [pictured here on May 1987] … this helicopter was later leased to Swedish Armed Forces as 11339 and used for HEMS purposes, and, afterward, cancelled towards Spain as EC-GBE. Unfortunately crashed on date 14 November 2004 while operating HEMS for Helisureste, just after lift off in Seville area.

Agusta-Bell AB204B ( c/n 3061 ) I-BPVV [ex OE-EXP]

Thanks to Oscar BERNARDI for this unique action shot of the second AB204B owned by Elinord Servizi Aerotrasporti Milano and registered I-BPVV [the first one was I-FAIV] … while performing test fligths at Calcinate del Pesce (VA) during December 1987. This helicopter unfortunately crashed few years later [on date 30.11.1993] during aerial operations on behalf of Meteor near Chania (Grecee).

Sud-Aviation SA330J Puma ( c/n 1361 ) I-EHPF

Here one image of the Sud-Aviation SA330J Puma I-EHPF … while operating for Heli-TV wearing full Elitos colors and Italian registration. Lugano Agno Airport, July 1991. The helicopter was cancelled from the Italian registered a few weeks later and registered HB-XXR only for her ferry flight to France … where was delivered to a new operator.

Agusta A109K2 ( c/n 7340 ) I-DACE

Thanks to Oscar BERNARDI for this image of the “pre-serie” Agusta A109K2 ( c/n 7340 ) registered I-DACE … on display to the public during “MAV 1997” at Vergiate (VA), October 1997. This helicopter was originally built as A109AII, than converted to the A109K standards … and subsequently modified up to the A109K2 version.