The Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters) AS355 Écureuil 2 (or Twin Squirrel) is a twin-engine light utility helicopter originally manufactured by Aérospatiale in France. The AS355 is marketed in North America as the TwinStar.
Development at Aérospatiale began in the early 1970s and the first flight took place in June 1974. A twin-engined version, known as the Twin Squirrel, or in North America as the TwinStar, first flew on 28 September 1979. In 2007, the more capable AS355 NP variant was introduced to service.
An extremely popular helicopter, if you’ve had a camera helicopter on your production then this was likely it. In other roles it’ll serve well as a Police helicopter or a luxury VIP example. In this last role we used one on “The Royals”, landing it on Camber Sands.
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RT @maz_jovanovich: Certainly not ideal, but if you have to crash, this is about as good as it gets. Kudos to the pilot on a textbook ditch…18th April 2021
The building he’d change in is now our office! https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1382742048168685571 https://t.co/yW4GYnHUTu16th April 2021
Today we’re a 24 hr, 3 film, 5 aircraft type, 3 decade business! First up a 1990’s airliner followed by military freighter. Off to the 1970’s with a twin Cessna this evening and then the rest of the night back in WW2! #ukfilm #cessna #messerschmitt #boeing https://t.co/cmA5PXiaUs14th April 2021
Pushing for the finish line... https://t.co/y2d1mxW8ic13th April 2021
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