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Weston Helidays Gallery 2008

Westland Sea King HAS.41, 89-64, at Helidays 2008
The 18th Weston International Helidays opened on Friday 25th July and continued until Sunday 27th July 2008. One of the first arrivals was the German Navy's Sea King HAS.41, 89-64, based at Kiel and painted in its SAR 50th Anniversary Colour Scheme. 
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Gazelle HT.2, G-CBGZ (was ZB646) EC135T2+, G-DORS CH-53GS, 84-42
Westland SA341C Gazelle HT.2, G-CBGZ, was previously ZB646 with 705 Squadron RNAS. The Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance now operates Eurocopter EC135T2+, G-DORS. From the German MTHR 25th Regiment, Laupheim, was this CH-53GS, with Serial 84-42.
Robinson R-22 Beta, G-OASH Griffin HT.1, ZJ240 MDH Hughes 369E, G-TRUE
Heliflight's Robinson R22 Beta, G-OASH, was built in 1988 and previously registered N262ZZ. Bell 412EP Griffin HT.1, ZJ240, came from the DHFS No.60 Sqn SAR Training Unit at RAF Valley. MD Helicopters Hughes 369E, G-TRUE, owned by Nick Bailey, had flown in from Draycot.
Gazelle HT.3,  XW898 / G-CBXT Robinson R44 Astro, G-JANI Bell 47G-5, G-BAXS
Privately owned WS Gazelle HT.3, XW898, (G-CBXT), was originally at CFS Shawbury.  G-JANI, a Robinson R44 Astro, is owned by JT Helicopters and was built in 1994.  The much admired Bell 47G-5, G-BAXS, a regular at Helidays, making its 18th appearance.
Eurocopter EC135T2, G-SPHU Ben Cope's experimental Bug Mk.4 German Navy Sea King HAS.41, Serial 89-64
Great Western Air Ambulance's Eurocopter EC135T2, G-SPHU, based at Filton, was formerly with the Strathclyde Police. The latest version of Ben Cope's 'ring rotor' trials platform is the Bug Mk.4, which is unregistered while awaiting sponsorship. Another view of the German Navy's Westland Sea King HAS.41, Serial 89-64, from the SAR base at Kiel-Holtenau.
Aerospatiale SA342J Gazelle, HA-LFH, at The Museum Helipad
Hungarian registered Aerospatiale SA342J Gazelle, HA-LFH, on 26 July 2008.
Many of the helicopters arranged to refuel at The Museum Helipad before or 
after their Beach Lawns appearances. Thanks to Mike Reading for this photograph.
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