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PH-AAG Agusta-Bell 47G-2A-1 c/n 1529 - GENERAL-AVIATION - Groningen Airport Eelde in Holland - April 1970 Groningen Airport Eelde (GRQ)

The Bell 47G is a three-seat light utility helicopter powered by a single Lycoming six-cylinder air-cooled piston engine. The prototype of the Bell 47 was flown first on 8 December 1945. Production deliveries of the Bell Model 47 helicopter began in 1946. The helicopter was delivered to civil and military operators. The Bell 47 design developed over the years and was in production till 1976. In February 2010, the Bell 47 type certificates were transferred to Scott's Helicopter Services. Scott's intend to restart production of a turboshaft powered version of the helicopter, using a Rolls-Royce RR300 engine and with composite rotor blades, with deliveries planned from 2016. Helicopters like the Bell 47G were common as cropsprayers. The spraying equipment was placed when needed. The Bell 47 was produced produced under license by Agusta in Italy, Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Japan, and Westland Aircraft in the United Kingdom. Agusta built over 1200 Agusta-Bell 47 helicopters, including the Agusta-Bell 47G.

On 4 November 1963, Agusta-Bell 47G-2A-1 s/n 1529 was registered PH-AAG in the Netherlands, with Aero Ypenburg NV, Rotterdam. On 5 August 1966, the helicopters and aircraft, including the Agusta-Bell 47G PH-AAG, of Aero Ypenburg NV were registered with NV Luchtvaartmaatschappij General Aviation, Luchthaven Rotterdam. On 26 March 1971, registration PH-AAG was cancelled as exported to Germany and the Agusta-Bell 47G was registered D-HABT. On 9 June 1971, Agusta-Bell 47G-2A-1 D-HABT was damaged beyond repair in a crash at Münster-Sarsheim in Germany.
In April 1970, the 1963-built Agusta-Bell 47G-2A-1 PH-AAG was seen at Groningen Airport Eelde in the Netherlands, fitted with floats.

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