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Category Aviation Books, Subcategory Australia/NZ, ISBN/Box RB0401, Publisher/Brand Red Roo, Author Gary Byk, Richard Hourigan, Kevin Kerle, Format a4, No. Pages 60, Version geb, Language English
Following the construction of the Sikorsky R-5, Australian interest was re-awakened and subsequently an order was placed for one Sikorsky S-51 four-seat helicopter. This helicopter was allocated the group/section stores identification A80 and the serial A80-1. The helicopter was flown extensively before being lost in a crash in November 1951. Two additional examples of the S-51 were ordered during 1950 and arrived in Australia in May 1951. One of these (A80-636) crashed in December 1952 and the other (A80-374) remained in service until 1964 when it was converted to an instructional airframe. A80-374 is now displayed at the RAAF Museum, Point Cook, Victoria.
In this book the authors examine the design, structure, development, history and RAAF service of the S-51 in detail. Many photographs used in this volume have never previously been published. Clear, colour profiles provide a detailed, accurate account of the various colour schemes and national markings carried by this helicopter in RAAF service. A comprehensive modeling section provides additional detail tips for the modeler and reviews available kits. The book is a worthy addition to the modeller's reference library.
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