The AHS History Committee is proud to present the 2015 History Calendar, sponsored by AgustaWestland.
The AHS History Calendar has been mailed out to all AHS members with the November/December issue of Vertiflite. Quick Response (QR) codes on the back cover and with each month will provide more information about each of the featured photos or graphics. We hope you enjoy the calendar!
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Westland G-LYNX World Speed Record
The Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) speed record for Class E-1 (Helicopters) was claimed by the Westland Lynx G-LYNX, for achieving 400.87 km/hr (216.45 kt) on August 11, 1986.
The world speed record was flown by Trevor Egginton, flying G-LYNX along a 15 km course, from East Huntspill to Hartlake Bridge in Somerset, assisted by Flight Test Engineer Derek Clews. The record has now remained unbroken for more than 28 years.
The attempt was made to provide a dramatic demonstration of the BERP blade (British Experimental Rotor Profile) now fitted to most AgustaWestland Lynx and AW 101 aircraft.
The aircraft G-LYNX was taken from the production line in 1976 and maintained by the company as a demonstrator and trials aircraft. It was recently restored and is now on display at Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare.
(AgustaWestland photo; text by David Gibbings)