500 fan wrote:It's great to see so much interest in IHL. Here are a few links to a couple of photos of some of the past fleet;
The 'Papal' Bell 212 from 1981 with the Papal Crest still on the engine fairing.
http://www.worldairpics.com/photo/10050 ... 19343&sp=8
Same helicopter in slightly different markings in 1988.
http://www.airliners.net/photo/Irish-He ... _id=NEXTID
Here is Bell 212 EI-BAM in 1977.
The short-lived Hughes 500D. This would have looked good in IHL orange-and-blue! I think it was with IHL for about two years before being sold on. Does anyone know what roles it was used in. Probably charter, light sling-loading and aerial photography?
EI-BKT in the older all-orange scheme.
I rememeber a Hughes 500 in the Cork hangar it was all grey and I believe the reg was EI-BVY? (Have'nt opened your link yet so I am really testing my memory. I was told it was used for the fish farms for quickly transferring fish in underslung nets. At the time all its main rotors were off and on the bench as they had found some cracks I was told.