27/12-2014 by MS
With this helicopter Zao is flying out of serious trouble, evading Bond and Jinx assasination efforts.
MD900 or MD Explorer helicopter design started in 1989, first flight ocurred in December 1992. Design since beginning included NOTAR control system (NO TAil Rotor) - anti-torque solution without the rear rotor, which reduces the vibration and noise generated by the machine, improving its reliability. In 1997 the improved MD902 version appeared. MD900 and MD902 version codes were quite common but unofficial and with next upgrade MD finally claimed them, issuing a message to refer the machines as "MD Explorer" no matter which engine version was applied.
For the movie purposes Explorer was loaned from Eastern Atlantic Helicopters together with his smaller brother MD600N. Company owner Simon Oliphant Hope flew both machines. Original reg marks have been masked with fictious CU-H13 and labels suggesting that chopper belongs to the Cuban military medical unit....Scenes were shot in Spain.
Our actor was born in 1993 and received serial number 900-00010. Registered as N9208V. By default it was treated as a demo and development unit, so its CV is full of interesting points like: Tests in Swedish Army, European marketing tours, Test in US Coast Guard, (serious one - being modified to MH90 Enforcer, chopper was refitted with stronger PW206 engines and some armory)... More details on this project to be found in the MH-90 Enforcer link.
Early in 2002 during its promotional journey in UK it was caught up for Bond movie.
In 2007 the chopper changed registration number to N555WA and served till April 2012. Put on sales and found a new owner in Mexico for approx. 2,250,000 USD. Registration changed to XA-FAA.
Registration number: CU-H13
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