Helicopter History

Historic images, posts, articles and data


Thanks to Alessandro SIGNORINI and Fabrizio MARTELOZZO for these images of the historical Agusta-Bell AB206B Jet Ranger III I-DACG operated by Agusta Elicotteri, AgustaWestland and Leonardo Spa as basic trainer helicopter during the years, from 1983 till 2016.

Thanks to Dario COCCO for this beautiful image of the factory new Agusta A109C 3A-MSG operated on behalf of Monacair …  resting at Milan Malpensa, May 1991. This helicopter flew with several different owners and registrations: 3A-MSG, VR-CEC, VR-CHJ[2], VP-CHJ, N7LQ, N109CW, VH-XNB, VH-NBX, EI-MCP, M-SSNB, UR-SSNB, UR-SSB, RA-01702, N876VJ … but still airworthy. Returned to Italy few days ago as N876VJ and showed up at Eurotech facility in Caiolo (SO) to perform some dedicated maintence activity. Thanks to Emanuele GHIROLDI for the picture of the Agusta A109C N876VJ showing the current paint scheme of the helicopter.

Thanks to Roberto SORRENTINO for this image of the Agusta A109E Power I-PAXE operated from Elilombarda on behalf of HEMS 118 Regione Campania … approaching Ischia Helipad (NA), May 2009.

I-SEIA – Helicopter History

Two images of the long history of this Agusta A109AII, registered I-SEIA in September 1987, were add into the historical database of the website. I-SEIA flew several years with Servizi Elicotteristici Italiani till was sold to Air Mach in 1998 and later to StarFly. The A109 was cancelled from the Italian Register in March 2012 towards Spain as EC-LQG, but, a few years later, returned in Italy again and she is now flying wearing the new registration I-MMLL.


Thanks to Roberto SORRENTINO for this great image of the Eurocopter BK117C1 I-HBMS “Pegaso 3” operated by Helitalia on behalf of HEMS 118 Regione Toscana. The picture was taken at Massa Cinquale Airport (MS) on September 2009.

F-GNGR – Helicopter History

The historical section of the website is always growing … today new images were uploaded regarding the Agusta A109K2 F-GNGR … operated in Italy from Freeair, on behalf of HEMS 118 Regione Piemonte, out of Novara Base, during the early months of Year 2001. This helicopter was later returned to Agusta and leased to ATAL Milano, afterwards sold to USA as N109LF. Unfortunately the helicopter suffered a fatal crash, while operating an HEMS flight on behalf of I.H.C. Hospitals, on date 10 Jan 2003 near Salt Lake City, Utah [at that date the A109K2 was wearing N601RX registration].

I-CRBN – Helicopter History

Agusta A109A/AII/C/MAX Photo Page
Agusta A109C ( c/n 7623 ) I-CRBN
HEMS 118 Regione Piemonte – Novara Base … Photo Page

Another old image scanned from my personal archives. Here we have the Agusta A109C I-CRBN operated by Elilario on behalf of HEMS 118 Regione Piemonte. This helicopters was on duty at Novara Hospital during the month of February 1995. I-CRBN was registered in July 1990 and cancelled during November 1996 as I-CRBM.

I-BXWB – Helicopter History

Again new images are now available, as part of the historical area of the website, related to the Aerospatiale SA315B Lama I-BXWB. This was the first Lama to join Air Walser fleet in March 1999 … bought from Switzerland, where she was previously operated as HB-XGG.

I-BXWA – Helicopter History

Other new images are now available, as part of the historical area of the website, related to the Aerospatiale SA316B Alouette III I-BXWA. This was the first helicopter to join Air Walser fleet early in 1997, followed by many Lamas and other interesting Agusta-Bell and Bell helicopters. These images were taken at Trontano Base in March 2005.

I-AGUS – Helicopter History

Thanks to Luciano CARLI for this unique image of the Bell B47J Ranger I-AGUS … operated by Aeronautica G. Agusta in the early ’60s. The helicopter was registered in Italy during the year 1957 and was later sold to France as F-OBPQ.