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Eurocopter EC135
D-HBLN Airbus Helicopters EC135 P2 c/n 0192 - ADAC Luftrettung "Christoph 33" - Flugplatz Halle-Oppin in Germany - 10 June 2008 more at Flugplatz Halle-Oppin

The Airbus Helicopters EC135 is a lightweight five/seven seat twin-turbine-engine multi-role helicopter with a radius of 720 km. The EC 135 is offered with either Turbomeca Arrius 2B2 or Pratt and Whitney Canada PW206B2 engines. Development of the Eurocopter EC135 started in the 80s as the MBB Bo.108 Advanced Technology Helicopter. The prototype BO108 with conventional tail rotor flew first on 15 October 1988. When the helicopter divisions of MBB from Germany and Aerospatiale from France merged in January 1992 to form the Eurocopter Group, the Bo108 program was transferred as well. An advanced low noise ducted 10-blade Fenestron tail rotor was, next to other modifications, incorporated into the design and the name of the helicopter was changed into Eurocopter EC135. The prototype of the EC135 (D-HBOX s/n S-01) flew first on 15 February 1994. In 1996, the EC135 went into series production by Eurocopter Deutschland in Donauwörth, Germany. After German certification was granted on 14 June 1996, the first customer delivery was on 31 July 1996. Next to the EC135 a special military version was developed designated the Eurocopter EC635. Over 1200 EC135 airframes have been delivered since the helicopter entered service in 1996. The ICAO Aircraft Type Designator for the EC135 helicopters is EC35.

As a result of the merger between the Eurocopter parents Aérospatiale-Matra; DaimlerChrysler Aerospace (DASA) and Construcciones Aeronàuticas Sociedad Anonima (CASA) in July 2000, the Eurocopter group became a division of the new formed EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space company). Taking off into 2014, EADS was rebranded as "Airbus Group". Uniting all its activities under a single brand, its helicopter division Eurocopter was rebranded as Airbus Helicopters on 8 January 2014.

RTH (Rettungstransporthubschrauber) Eurocopter EC135 P2 D-HBLN "Christoph 33" of ADAC-Luftrettung GmbH was seen near the ALT Air Lloyd Luftfahrt Technik GmbH maintenance facilities at Flugplatz Halle-Oppin on 10 June 2008. In that period the EC135 P2 D-HBLN was operated by the ADAC as "Christoph 33" based at the ADAC-Luftrettungszentrum Senftenberg in Germany. The call sign "Christoph" is used for the German lifeliner helicopters since 1970 and is derived of Saint Christophorus, the Patron Saint for all travellers. The RTH "Christoph 33" started its operations in Senftenberg on 21 December 1991. Next to RTH "Christoph 33"; ITH "Christoph Brandeburg" (ex RTH "Christoph 71") is based at the ADAC-Luftrettungszentrum Senftenberg. The ADAC-Luftrettung helicopter in service as "Christoph 33" was the MBB BO.105 until the type was replaced by the EC135 on 28 February 2007. The 2001-built Eurocopter EC135 P2 c/n 0192 was registered D-HBLN with ADAC Luftrettung GmbH on 28 September 2001.

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