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D-HJPF Hughes 269C / 300C c/n 140272 - Jean-Pierre Fallis - heliport Emmen in Holland - 19 April 2014 helicopters in Emmen

The first of two prototypes of the two-seat Hughes Model 269 helicopter flew first in October 1956, only 13 months after commencement of design work. The basic design sparked US Army interest to order five Model 269 helicopters, designated YHO-2-HU, for evaluation. As a result Hughes won a US Army contract for a light helicopter primary trainer and 792 were built as the TH55A Osage. Deliveries of the commercial Model 269A, designated Hughes 200, started in 1961. The three-seat Model 269B, designated Hughes 300, flew first in 1964. In 1969 the 300 was followed by the improved Model 269C, designated Hughes 300C. Since 1983, Schweizer has built the 269C/300C, initially under licence for Hughes. Schweizer Aircraft Corp. acquired all rights to the helicopter in 1986. In 2005, Schweizer Aircraft Corp. became a wholly owned Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. subsidiary, rebranding its popular light training helicopter as the Sikorsky S-300. In 2009, Sikorsky Aircraft announced the creation of Sikorsky Global Helicopters, a business unit made up of the manufacturer’s commercial products, including the S-76, S-92 and H-92 platforms, as well as the Schweizer helicopter line. As part of the rebranding the commercial products, the Schweizer helicopters were market as the Sikorsky S-300C, S-300CBi, S-333 and S-434. For a while, it appeared that the acquisition would revitalize the series. Instead, the S-300 more or less dropped off the map, particularly after Sikorsky shuttered the original Schweizer manufacturing plant in Elmira, N.Y. in 2010. Sikorsky tried to reduce the costs by moving toward a standardized S-300 model with a redesigned instrument panel and as a result Sikorsky discontinued the 300CBi variant of the helicopter. In 2013, production of the S-300C was resumed on a S-300C production line at Sikorsky’s facilities in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, also home to the company’s S-92 and S-76 production lines. By the end of 2014, this line was closed and final assembly was outsourced to Summit Aviation. Selling the S-300 production lines outright is considered, along with the possibility of restructuring the programmes within Sikorsky. On 6 November 2015, Lockheed Martin completed its $9 billion acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft, replacing United Technologies as the American helicopter maker’s parent company. On 24 January 2018, Sikorsky announced that it had sold its light product line, including the S-300, to Schweizer RSG, a new company affiliated with Rotorcraft Services Group in Fort Worth, Texas, bringing an end to years of uncertainty as to the type’s future with the manufacturing giant. Next to this, the company had already established a partnership with Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), which will produce the S-300 under license with approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China. On 25 January 2018, Schweizer RSG LLC became the holder of the type certificate for the 269A; 269A-1; 269B; 269C; 269C-1 and 269D models. Over 3700 helicopters of the 269/300/TH55 are built, of which 2800 by Hughes before production was transferred to Schweizer. The ICAO Aircraft Type Designator for the Schweizer 269C is H269.

The 1974-built Hughes 269C c/n 140272 was registered N8999F in the USA. On 22 September 1986, the Hughes helicopter was registered G-BMYW in the UK with March Helicopters Ltd., Sywell. On 11 August 1988, registration G-BMYW was cancelled by CAA. On 24 August 1988, registration G-BMYW was restored with William Tomkins Ltd., as owner. On 15 March 1993, registration G-BMYW was cancelled by CAA. On 20 May 1993, registration was restored with CM Tomkins Ltd. as owner. On 13 September 1994, registered ownership of Hughes 269C G-BMYW was changed to March Helicopters Ltd., Sywell. On 27 August 1998, the Hughes 269C was registered G-LEMJ with L.J.J. Leeman, Buggen Hout, Belgium. On 21 December 2000, registration G-LEMJ was cancelled as exported to Germany. In 2001, the helicopter was registered D-HXYZ with Helicopter Media and Services GmbH, Hahn Int'l Airport. On 22 August 2002, Hughes D-HXYZ was transferred to Hahn Helicopter GmbH, Hahn Int'l Airport. In 2007, the helicopter was transferred to a privat owner and the name Jean-Pierre Fallis was noted on the fuel tank of the helicopter. On 14 August 2007, the Hughes 269C was re-registered D-HJPF in Germany. On 25 April 2014, registration D-HJPF was cancelled as exported to the Netherlands. On 22 May 2014, the helicopter was registered PH-HDO in the Netherlands. On 8 April 2021, registration PH-HDO was cancelled: more than one year without CofA.
Hughes 269C D-HJPF was seen at the Heli-Holland heliport near Emmen in the Netherlands on 19 April 2014.

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