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PH-SAW Aérospatiale SA365 C2 Dauphin II c/n 5053 - Schreiner Airways - Aviodrome, Lelystad Airport in Holland - 21 May 2011 Aviodrome Lelystad

The Airbus Helicopters SA.365C2 Dauphin II is a twin-engined medium-weight transport helicopter for up to 2 crew and 13 passengers powered by two Turbomeca Arriel 1C2 Turbine engines. The twin-engine SA.365 was developed in 1973 by SNIAS (Société Nationale Industrielle Aerospatiale) out of the single-engine SA.360 Dauphin. The SA.365 prototype F-WVKE, a SA.360 fitted with 2 Turbomeca Arriel 1A Turboshafts, flew first on 24 January 1975. In 1977 production commenced with the SA.365-C, with deliveries starting in 1978. An improved version of the SA 365C Dauphin II, the SA.365N flew first on 31 March 1979. The SA 365N differs from the SA365C in having Arriel 1C turbine engines, a re-profiled fuselage, fully retractable undercarriage and increased fuel capacity in new under-floor tankage. Deliveries of the production model began in 1982. Deliveries of the AS.365 N2, equipped with two Turboméca Arriel 1C2 turboshafts, started in 1990. From 1984, SNIAS operated under the name of Aérospatiale. The helicopter divisions of MBB from Germany and Aerospatiale from France merged in January 1992 to form the Eurocopter Group. A new Eurocopter designation was added: EC155 B1, originally known as the AS 365 N4. The Dauphin II is in use in several military and civilian roles. The AS 565 Panther is the military version of the Dauphin. The AS 366 G1, powered by two Textron-Lycoming LTS.101-750B-2 turboshafts, is used by the United States Coast Guard under the designation HH-65A Dolphin. The Dauphin II is manufactured under licence in China as the Harbin Z-9 Haitung and in Brasil as the Helibras MH-1. Already over 1100 AS 365/366/565 and EC155 versions have been manufactured.

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.

The 1980-built Eurocopter SA.365 C2 Dauphin II s/n 5053 was originally built as an Aérospatiale SA365 C1. In September 1980, the helicopter was registered N3610B in the USA with Aérospatiale Helicopter Corp., Dallas, Texas. On 19 December 1980, registration N3610B was cancelled as exported to France. On 23 April 1981, the helicopter was registered PH-SSC in the Netherlands as an Aérospatiale SA 365 C2 Dauphin II with Luchtvaartmaatschappij Schreiner Airways BV, Den Haag. On 5 November 1981, the PH-SSC was registered with KLM NV, Amstelveen. On 29 April 1982, the SA365 C2 was restored with Luchtvaartmaatschappij Schreiner Airways BV, Den Haag. The next day, registration PH-SSC was cancelled as exported to Argentina and in August 1983, the helicopter was registered LV-APO with Schreiner Argentina. On 21 January 1986, the helicopter was restored as PH-SSC with Luchtvaartmaatschappij Schreiner Airways BV, Leiden. On 25 March 1986, registration PH-SSC was cancelled as exported to Spain. On 26 March 1986, the Aérospatiale SA365 C2 was registered EC-DYU in Spain with Helicsa Helicópteros. In 2009, the helicopter was withdrawn from use and registration EC-DYU was cancelled. On 10 November 2005, the helicopter arrived by truck from Spain at Lelystad Airport in the Netherlands. The helicopter was in Schreiner Airways colors with fake registration PH-SAW. Since, the PH-SAW is on display on the grounds of the Aviation Museum Aviodrome at Lelystad Airport.

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