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The Bristol Sycamore was the first British designed helicopter to serve with the Royal Air Force. Created by the Bristol Aeroplane Company, it was used for search and rescue and anti-submarine warfare.
The Sycamore also has the distinction of being the second helicopter type to be used by the Australian Defence Forces.
- First flight: 27 July 1947
- Powerplant: Alvis Leonides 550 hp (410 kW)
- Rotor diameter: 48 ft 7 in (14.8 m)
- Length: 42 ft (12.8 m)
- Height: 14 ft 7 in (4.4 m)
- Empty weight: 3,810 lb (1728 kg)
- All-up weight: 5,600 lb (2540 kg)
- Maximum cruising speed: 132 mph (212 km/h)
- Cruise range: 330 miles (531 km)
- Endurance: 3½ hours
- Crew: Two, plus accommodation for three passengers
- Chaz Bowyer : The Encyclopedia of British Military Aircraft, Bison Books Limited, ISBN 0-86124-258-0
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