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    THE FIRST R.A.F. SQUADRON TO BE EQUIPPED WITH TWIN ROTOR HELICOPTERS GAVE A DEMONSTRATION AT?

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    THE FIRST R.A.F. SQUADRON TO BE EQUIPPED WITH TWIN ROTOR HELICOPTERS GAVE A DEMONSTRATION AT ODIHAM, HAMPSHIRE, NOV 6. THE HELICOPTERS - THE WESTLAND BELVEDERE - NOW GO INTO SERVICE AFTER A YEAR ON TRIALS BY THE R.A.F.

    THE 90-FOOT HELICOPTER HAS A CREW OF TWO. IT CAN FLY AND CLIMB SAFELY ON ONE OF ITS TURBINE ENGINES, IF NECESSARY. ITS ROLE IS PRIMARILY AS ARMY SUPPORT. IT CAN CARRY 18 FULLY-ARMED TROOPS UP TO A RANGE OF 75 MILES OR SLUNG-LOADS OF OVER TWO-TONS.

    THE BELVEDERE WAS CONSIDERED FOR USE ALSO AS A CIVILIAN PASSENGER-CARRIER AND A 23-SEAT VERSION WAS DEMONSTRATED AT THE U.K. FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW THIS YEAR BUT IT HAS SINCE BEEN DISCONTINUED.

    IT SUITS THE R.A.F. FOR BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN THE SMALL HELICOPTER AND THE BIG TRANSPORT PLANE. THIS FIRST SQUADRON WILL BE TAKING THEM TO THE FAR EAST NEXT YEAR. IN DECEMBER, ANOTHER BELVEDERE SQUADRON WILL BE FORMED AT ODIHAM.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE0N3UMVQGXRTKKXE4IAQZCZP8
    Media URN:
    VLVAE0N3UMVQGXRTKKXE4IAQZCZP8
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/11/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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