Eurocopter SA365N Dauphin F-WQAP
The first production Dauphin, c/n 6001, photographed inside The Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare, on 20 April 2013. Composite materials were used in the airframe to reduce weight and production costs.
This helicopter had been modified by Eurocopter to test a fly-by-wire flight control system, whereby the conventional mechanical control system is replaced by electrical signals transmitted through light-weight wiring from the cockpit to the rotor system and control surfaces. It was retired from flying in 2001 and delivered to the Museum in April 2003.
Picture added on 06 October 2013 at 08:10