cap Posted September 4, 2007 Report Share Posted September 4, 2007 Murdoch 1) Twinstar is correct. 2) Some were built right from the Serial Number Plate on up. I personally know of one that I have pictures of flying in Oregon with spray-booms attached. I also have pictures of the same a/c on the back of a 3 Ton stake truck a short while later, after a major crash and after it came through a compactor and is nothing but a large square of crushed metal. I also have pictures once again of the exact same 205 with the exact same Serial Number Plate on the Canadian side of the border and in prime flying condition. Oh Yes, Bell Helicopter was and is aware of said a/c and all they can do is issue a warning to all Bell Overhaul and repair shops that if they are ever caught doing anything to this same aircraft, Bell will pull their Certification to repair their aircraft. 3) Bell 212's with single hydraulics? Bell never produced such an aircraft for the civilian market yet I have pictures of such an aircraft in Canada. Canadian MoT spent many dollars paying for one of their Inspectors to to chase all around Africa for many months trying to catch this 'very rare bird' of Canadian registry and unknown ancestry, but never seemed able to 'corner' the beast because it kept moving it's base of operations. I laughed over this aircraft for a long time with a particular MoT Inspector who was a very long time friend. He said that he would love to "shoot' it, but he'd have no wall big enough to mount his 'rare' kill. 4) In 1975 Air America was the largest airline in the world with over 4000 aircraft of all kinds imaginable from airliners to small F/W and R/W and that included a horde of all kinds of R/W. At that point in time the company was 'supposedly' dissolved and ceased to exist afterwards. The vast majority of their aircraft were ex-military and somehow, someway 4000 aircraft dropped off of the edge of the planet and ceased to exist anymore.....'supposedly' :shock: . Numerous ex-Air America 205's ended up in Canada by way of Australia and an Ontario regional airline also somehow managed to acquire 12 ex-Air America Hawker-Siddley 748's that 'supposedly' didn't exist either. All these aircraft and many others were acquired with the full knowledge of the Government of Canada, MoT, Bell and other manufacturers and everyone involved knew their histories. I've personally flown Single Otters years ago that were ex-military, bought from Norway and all they had done to them was have 1000 miles of wiring pulled out of them and away they went to be flown commercially by me and others. I've also logged many an hour on a myraid of ex-military R/W 04's/05's that exist in Canada today and many members on this site have also flown the exact same aircraft. I'll allow them to identify themselves if they so desire. I'll also leave this particular subject die at this point because we've digressed from the original subject and for that I apologize to all offended. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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