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Airbus Helicopters AS365 N2 Dauphin II

The Airbus Helicopters, previously Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin is a medium twin-engine helicopter equipped with an enclosed Fenestron tail rotor which is beneficial for operating in confined spaces. Originally marketed as the Dauphin 2 and developed from the first single-engine Dauphin, this larger helicopter first flew in 1975. The Dauphin holds a number of speed records including the helicopter travel time from Paris to London. The Dauphin has proved popular with multiple militaries and government agencies the world over. The US Coast Guard operate it as the HH-65, and it is operated by 8 Flight of the Army Air Corps as the primary transport for the SAS.

The Fleet Operational Sea Training (FOST) team provides training for all surface ships, submarines, and Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels. This training includes deploying experts' onboard vessels at sea or as they leave port in order to train and test crews in real world conditions. In order to deploy or recover these specialists, FOST operate a pair of Dauphin IIs which are flown and maintained by Bristow Helicopters.

FOST will be providing one of their Dauphins for static display at this year's Air Tattoo.

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On display