Friends of The Helicopter Museum

Weston Helidays Gallery for 2005
The Biggest and Best all-Helicopter Fly-in

The 15th Weston Helidays Spectacular started on Friday 29th July 2005 and continued through the weekend to the final day on Sunday 31st July.
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Two Royal Netherlands Air Force AH-64D Apaches, Q-17 & Q-29, from 301 Squadron at Gilze-Rijen, were early arrivals.  SA341G Gazelle I, G-LOYD, was making its 14th appearance at Weston Helidays, having missed the annual event only once. A U.S. Army Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk, 89-26165, from 214 Av.Rgt's base in Mannheim, Germany, attracts visitors.
Carabinieri Agusta-Bell AB412  --  click to enlarge Westland Scout AH1, XV137  --  click to enlarge RNLAF AS532-U2 Cougar  --  click to enlarge
Agusta-built Bell AB412, Code CC-10, ser.MM81514, based at Pratica di Mare, near Rome, and used by the Carabinieri. Westland Scout AH1, XV137, (G-CRUM), was built for the British Army Air Corps in 1967 but is now privately owned. Royal Netherlands Air Force AS.532U2 Cougar MkII, S-447, from 300 Sqn. at Soesterberg, descends onto Beach Lawns. 
Italian A109 in typical Helidays 2005 weather
German Navy Sea King  -  click to enlarge Agusta A129 Mangusta  -  click to enlarge AS350BB Squirrel HT.1  -  click to enlarge
Marking 30 years of Sea King Mk.48 SAR service by the German Navy, 89+55 was painted in a special scheme. Agusta A129 Mangusta, EI919, armed with anti-tank weapons, is an  attack helicopter used by the Italian Army. AS350BB Squirrel HT1, ZJ259, (G-BXFJ) flew from the Defence Helicopter Flying School at Shawbury, in Shropshire.
Robinson R44 Clipper G-REDI  -  click to enlarge German Army Air Corps Bo105P, 86+26  -  click to enlarge Royal Norwegian Air Force Sea King Mk.43  -  click to enlarge
This Robinson R44 Clipper,
G-REDI, was an early civilian arrival. Owned by Redeye.com Ltd, it was built in 2000.  
The Heeresflieger in Bückeburg sent this Bö105P, 86+26. The type will remain in service, in the scout role, for many years. From the Royal Norwegian Air Force SAR base at Ĝrland, near Trondheim, came this Westland Sea King Mk.43B, serial 330.
Helidays 2005 Gallery
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