BOELKOW BO 105 FLYING BULLS D-HTDM RED BULL HELI DRIFTING POLAND 2015 DEBRZNO
Ludwig Boelkow (1912 - 2003) is one of the greatest German aviation pioneers. He was born in Schwerin at the coast of the East Sea, where his father had been a foreman at the Fokker factory existing there until switching to The Netherlands in 1919. Ludwig Boelkow was involved in many leading aircraft projects; the first ever series made jet plane Messerschmitt Me262 was the most important one beside the Bo 105 helicopter of the company founded by himself. The Boelkow Bo 105 is a multi-purpose light helicopter of German manufacturer Messerschmitt-Boelkow-Blohm, later eurocopter and now AIRBUS Helicopters. It had been designed and developed by Ludwig Boelkow and Emil Weiland back in 1961. It had it`s maiden flight in 1967 and was produced in Germany from 1967 to 2001. Itīs bodywork is 1.58 metres wide, 3.02 metres high and 12 metes long. The Bo 105 with it`s unique rotor head, blades made out of glass fibre and using titanium for making many parts lighter, revolutionized international helicopter technology. It was also the technological base for the building up of the German and European airborne medical rescue system. Because of itīs low weight and the modern technical equipment the Bo 105 is in unique condition for aerobatic flying. The Bo 105 CB-4 with the registration code D-HTDM had been built in 1974 and was owned by the Police of German Federal Country of Baden-Wuerttemberg for many years before sold to the Flying Bulls of Austrian group Red Bull. In the cockpit at the Debrzno airfield in Poland for the Red Bull Heli Drifting 2015 is STRATOS jumper Felix Baumgartner also coming from Austria.
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