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Schweizer 269D/330/333
PH-HHA Schweizer 269D Model 330 c/n 0014 - Heli-Holland - Heliport Emmen in Holland - 2 June 2008 more 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 5, 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. To join in the 1990 U.S.Army NTH competition for the TH-55 replacement, Schweizer Aircraft Co. developed the 269D out of the 269 basic design. The 269D uses the 269 airframe, has an enlarged cabin and is powered by an Allison 250 turboshaft engine. Schweizer markets the 269D as Model 330. An evolutionary development with upgraded dynamic systems components, new-technology rotor blades with cambered airfoil and larger diameter is the Model 333. The Schweizer 333 is featuring more gross weight, more useful load, more speed and more hover performance. On 28 September 2000, Schweizer achieved FAA-certification for the Model 333. In 2005, Schweizer Aircraft Corp. became a wholly owned Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. subsidiary. 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 of the commercial products, the S-300C, S-300CBi, S-333 and S-434 helicopters will no longer retain the Schweizer name. Schweizer Model 333 helicopters manufactured after February 2009, will be known as Sikorsky S-333 helicopters. For a while, it appeared that the acquisition would revitalize the series. Instead, the S-333 more or less dropped off the map, particularly after Sikorsky moved the production of the S-333 from the original Schweizer manufacturing plant in Elmira, N.Y. to a S-333 production line at Sikorsky’s facilities in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, also home to the company’s S-92 and S-76 production lines. In 2014, Cherokee Nation Industries was provided the frame assembly for the S-333 cockpit, as well as manufacturing the aircraft’s full instrument panel. Once completed, the units were integrated into final assembly at Sikorsky. By the end of 2014, Sikorsky stopped taking orders for either the S300 or S333 and after the single-engine productionline was closed, final assembly was outsourced to Summit Aviation. The S-434 production line was officially closed after the Saudi Ministry of Defense bought and then returned several of the four-bladed turboshaft helicopters because they were wearing out before the end of their estimated service lives. 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.

Schweizer 269D / 330 c/n 0014 is one of three helicopters of the type operated by Heli-Holland. The 1995-built helicopter was test flown as a Schweizer 269D Model 330 with the temporary registration N86G. On 29 March 1995, the registration PH-HHA was reserved and the helicopter was registered PH-HHA with Heli-Holland Holding BV, Emmer-Compascuum, on 13 July 1995. By the end of 1997, the PH-HHA departed in Koninklijke Marine colours to Willemstad, Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles. The PH-HHA was based at Hato AB and operated for the Royal Netherlands Navy. In March 2008, Schweizer 269D Model 330 PH‑HHA returned to the Netherlands. Schweizer Model 330 PH-HHA was photographed at the Heli-Holland heliport near Emmen, the Netherlands.

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