SA330 Puma 55 years ago on this day

Here's a variant;
 

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With us out of the EU and not needing to be "good Europeans" anymore what's the betting that the US will lean on us to go with one of theirs and the Puma gets replaced with the S-92? Or the UH-60...?

In which case we might as well just chin off both parties and keep Yeovil in jobs by buying more Merlins...
Merlin for some, however there may be a need for a smaller airframe.
 

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Merlin for some, however there may be a need for a smaller airframe.
Such as...? There seems to be a veritable smorgesbord of off-the-shelf proven models to choose from and customise to requirement at a presumably comparatively reasonable price (compared to commissioning a new design, developing it and going through that whole EH101/Merlin nightmare again) at the moment.
 
Such as...? There seems to be a veritable smorgesbord of off-the-shelf proven models to choose from and customise to requirement at a presumably comparatively reasonable price (compared to commissioning a new design, developing it and going through that whole EH101/Merlin nightmare again) at the moment.
Merlin is a very good airframe, despite what our Russian correspondent says about it, however it’s big, it would be very good for the lakes and Scotland SAR taskings, AW189 1
AW169 for other tastings.
 
1974 ad I noticed in passing

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Note Vought Helicopter Corp text, they were the Aérospatiale dealer for the USA and pitched the Puma as the off the shelf alternative to the UTTAS program.
 
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