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Former Dorset Coast Guard rescue helicopter “Whiskey Bravo” returning to base at Portland (Dorset, England).
The helicopter is a Sikorsky S61N with a crew of four – two pilots, a winchman and a winch operator. It can carry 19 passengers, has a maximum speed of 131 knots, and covers a coastline of 100 miles. Now in its 13th year of operation, the Whiskey Bravo team routinely perform an average of 2 rescues a week.
35mm slide scanned using Plustek 7200.
Date: June 2006
Footnote: Whiskey Bravo was retired from service in 2008 and has been replaced by an AgustaWestland AW139. The new helicopter was in the news recently because a winch failed during a rescue mission.