Aircraft of the Week – AS-332LI Super Puma
The Eurocopter AS332 Super Puma (now Airbus Helicopters H215) is a four-bladed, twin-engine, medium-size utility helicopter developed and marketed by Aerospatiale and Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters).
It is an enlarged and re-engined version of the original Aerospatiale SA 330 Puma. First flying in 1978, the Super Puma succeeded the SA 330 Puma as the main production model of the type in 1980; since 1990, Super Pumas in military service have been marketed under the AS532 Cougar designation. In civilian service, a next generation successor to the AS 332 was introduced in 2004, the further-enlarged Eurocopter EC225 Super Puma.
Images below are of G-BMCX Bristow Helicopters AS-332LI Super Puma during SAR Exercise with KIRBY – 08.10.2009 – www.maltashipphotos.com
And in storage at Misurata Airforce Base in Libya back to 19th September, 2011 – www.maltashipphotos.com