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German Army EC135

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The EC135, formerly a Eurocopter project but now produced under the auspices of Airbus Helicopters following a re-organisation of what was the EADS conglomerate, has proved highly successful. This twin-engined machine with its enclosed 'fenestron' tail rotor first took to the air in 1994 and soon enjoyed significant commercial success, proving particularly popular with the emergency services of numerous countries. There are two engine options, the EC135 P versions being powered by Pratt & Whitney units, while the EC135 T family uses Turbomeca engines. The German Army acquired 15 examples of the EC135 T1 for use with its helicopter training unit, the Heeresfliegerwaffenschule at Bückeburg. There the type replaced the venerable Alouette II.

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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