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Schweizer/Hughes 269C/300C
D-HACA D-HBOL
D-HHEX D-HRIC
PH-ATT PH-DIB
PH-HYH PH-RYF
Schweizer 269D/330/333
PH-ECP PH-HHA
PH-HHB PH-HTR
SE-JGS SP-SSH
PH-HBH Hughes 269C / 300C c/n 110-0986 - Heli-Holland - heliport Emmen in Holland - 28 January 2014 more Heli-Holland helicopters

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. It remains to be seen what the effects of this merge are on a possible restart of the S-300 production. 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.

Over the years a number of Hughes 269B, 269C and Schweizer 300 were operated by Heli-Holland. On 14 April 1975, Hughes 269B PH-HOP was the first helicopter registered by Heli-Holland in the Dutch register. The first 269C was the PH-JOH, registered with Heli-Holland BV on 29 May 1976.

On 31 October 1983, the 1980-built Hughes 269C c/n 110-0986 (ex N1108T; C-GDLW) was registered first as PH-HBH with Heli-Holland BV, Emmer-Compascuum. On 2 November 1983, the registration was cancelled and the Hughes 269C was registered SE-HNC in Sweden with Heli AB, Linköping on 11 November 1983. On 18 February 1987, the SE-HNC was transferred to Heliparts AB, Linköping. The registration SE-HNC was cancelled on 27 February 1990 and on 8 May 1990, the Hughes was registered PH-HBH with Heli Holland Holding BV. On 16 October 1992, the registration PH-HBH was cancelled as the Hughes was withdrawn from use. The helicopter was rebuilt with parts of the Hughes 269C s/n 70-0024 ex LN-OBL and re-entered the register with Heli Holland Holding BV as PH-HBH on 26 February 1996. Hughes 269C PH-HBH was photographed at the Heli-Holland heliport near Emmen in the Netherlands.

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