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Eurocopter EC135
PH-MMT Heer 82+64
Eurocopter / MBB BO.105
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86+45 87+26
D-HCDL Eurocopter EC135 P2+ c/n 0700 - DL Helicopter "MFG 5" - Naval Air Station Nordholz near Cuxhafen in Germany - 17 August 2013 Marine' Super Sea Lynx "83+20

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. Over 1200 airframes have been delivered since the helicopter entered service in 1996. Next to the EC135 a special military version was developed designated the Eurocopter EC 635. The EC635 can be equipped with wire-guided, laser-guided, autonomous missiles.

AAs 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.

On 25 July 2008, permit to fly was issued for Eurocopter EC135 P2+ c/n 0700 with Eurocopter Deutschland test registration D-HECB. On 22 August 2008, the aircraft was registered D-HCDL with S.U.H. (Spedition & Helikopterservice Linke GmbH) and jointly operated for Eurocopter Germany. In 2013, the 2008-built helicopter was leased to DL Helicopter GmbH, Hamburg. DL Helicopter has an operational base at Sea Airport Cuxhafen/Nordholz, the civil part of Naval Air Station Nordholz. Eurocopter EC135 P2+ D-HCDL is equipped with emergency floats, a hoist and a cargo hook in combination with an externally mounted load mirror and is used by DL Helicopter for training purposes on behalf of the German Navy - Marinefliegergeschwader 5 (MFG 5). On 17 August 2013, Eurocopter EC135 P2+ D-HCDL was seen with "MFG 5" stickers at Naval Air Station Nordholz during the spottersday prior the Air Day Nordholz "100 Jahre Marineflieger".

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