Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Big Lifter N1073W
This includes the Seasprites NZ3602 and NZ3603, the UH1 NZ3816 plus the local Oceania Helicopters Tauranga Ltd's Aerospatiale AS350 BA ZK-HLW.
One stranger over from Australia is the Bell 214B-1 "Big Lifter" N1073W (c/n 28012) of McDermott Aviation. This is the Lycoming T5508D powered variety capable of lifting 3 tonnes on the sling although it is limited to 2.7t between ship and shore. Note the wide chord rotor blades.