New Jet Helicopter 1959

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Swannington Aerodrome, Norwich, Norfolk.

M/S of an unusual looking helicopter in the air. It looks rather fragile. It has a regular 'sledge' base with several gas bottles on top. Rest of it is glass so it looks like an insect or exotic bird. Cut to people sitting at the tables on the field...



Media URN:
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CP 235
Time in/Out:
01:47:20:00 / 01:49:21:00
CP 235
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  • The helicopter seen here is an H-3 Kolibrie "Hummingbird", made by Nederlandse Helikopter Industrie (NHI). Note that "Kolibrie" is Dutch for hummingbird.

    Just 9 examples of this helicopter were built.

    Another H-3 Kolibrie can be seen in clip 2580.04.

    jamied 13th Jun 2012
  • Currently the films listed below have been identified (two of them by jamied) to show the Dutch NHI Kolibrie
    jet helicopter Films #1 (ID91.18) and #2 (ID2778) seem to show the same flight demonstration at Swannington
    Aerodrome, Norwich, Norfolk. Links and film data are:
    #1) DataCataloguer:SanjaStock:ColourSound:SoundMedia URN:1473Sort Number:CP 235Time in/Out:01:47:20:00 / 01:49:21:00Canister:CP 235Film ID:91.18Issue Date:29/06/1959
    #2) DataCataloguer:AmeliaStock:ColourSound:MuteMedia URN:81663Sort Number:UN 3361 ETime in/Out:01:00:02:00 / 01:00:34:00Canister:UN 3361 EFilm ID:2778.01Issue Date:1950 - 1959
    DataCataloguer:JamesStock:Black & WhiteSound:SoundMedia URN:69423Sort Number:UN 3032 DTime in/Out:01:10:52:00 / 01:13:34:00Canister:UN 3032 DFilm ID:2580.04Issue Date:

    OldSaltMKII 29th Jul 2013

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