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AS350 BA
Eurocopter AS350 AStar/TwinStar
Production information
Manufacturer

Aérospatiale
Eurocopter
Airbus Helicopters

Model

AS350/AS355

Technical specifications
Minimum crew

Pilot

Usage
Role(s)

Light utility helicopter

Affiliation

Brazilian Air Force
Australian Defence Force
Royal Jordanian Air Force

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The Eurocopter AS350 AStar, known in France as the Écureuil (Squirrel), is a French-made single-engine light helicopter originally designed and manufactured by Aérospatiale (later Airbus Helicopters). A visually similar twin-engine variant, the AS355 TwinStar (known in France as the Écureuil 2), has also been produced.

AppearancesEdit

In Predator 2, Peter Keyes and his OWLF team use a silver AS355 TwinStar with the tail number N500NM to move around Los Angeles. Following the disastrous failure of their mission to capture the City Hunter, Garber and the remaining OWLF personnel flee the authorities in the helicopter.

In Alien vs. Predator, Max Stafford uses a Weyland Industries AS350 with the tail number F-GTTB to retrieve Lex Woods from Mount Everest in Nepal.

Behind the scenesEdit

In Alien vs. Predator's script and novelization, the helicopter Stafford uses is a Bell 212.[1] A different Bell helicopter, the Bell 205, was later featured in the film's sequel, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem.

F-GTTB in 2005

F-GTTB with the same paint job used in the film in June 2005.[2]

The helicopter used in the film, registration F-GTTB, was provided by Chamonix Mont Blanc Hélicoptères (who were listed in the film's credits), although it was repainted sometime after the film. The helicopter was operated by the company until it was destroyed in 2009.

TriviaEdit

  • The F prefix on the helicopter's registration indicates that it is a French helicopter.

VideosEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Marc Cerasini. Alien vs. Predator, p. 31 (2004), HarperEntertainment.
  2. http://www.airliners.net/photo/Chamonix-Mont-Blanc/Eurocopter-AS-350B-3-Ecureuil/0865341/&sid=b2ba131be1f1f8e42f93b8bcd7d5a108

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