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Puma Helicopter
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two or three
Turmo IVC
2 x 1,575 h.p. ea.
59' 6"
16' 10"
49' 3"
7,953 lbs.
16,280 lbs.
154 mph
182 mph
1,400 fpm
19,700 feet
355 miles

The Puma Helicopter, officially the Aerospatiale SA 330, became the first all weather helicopter produced outside of the Soviet Union. This was in answer to a requirement by the French army for an all weather, mid size transport helicopter. It was the first time a French company manufactured a mid size helicopter completely on its own, without assistance from other countries. Although first flown in 1965, the Puma Helicopter did not received its all weather certification until April 25, 1978.

The Puma Helicopter was initially deployed with the French army in 1970. Westland modified the helicopter for use by the RAF. They produced a total of 48 of the helicopters under license.

During the Falklands war, Argentina used the Puma Helicopter as a cargo transport. The helicopter has over thirty years of service with the RAF. Some IAR SA 330 helicopters carry missiles for operations against tanks and other armored vehicles.

The Puma Helicopter features dual pilot controls with separate hydraulics. The aluminum four blade rotor of early models has now been replaced with ones made from composite materials for lighter weight and greater strength. A five bladed tail rotor keeps noise levels to a minimum. The landing gear of the Puma Helicopter is semi retractable. Up to 18 people or 7,000 lbs. of cargo can be transported in the SA 330.

The Puma Helicopter continues in military and civilian use by many nations around the world, particularly in France and Great Britain.

Great Britain has recently upgraded their Puma Helicopter fleet with the intention of keeping them operational through 2020.

IAR, Romania, has produced over 200 Puma Helicopter SA 330 versions, under license. A total of 686 Puma Helicopter SA 330 versions were built by Aerospatiale, before production ended in 1981.

Puma Helicopter

Heli-Factory's Puma Helicopter, shown above, built by Matthieu Carlin, has a 99" length. It is 29 1/2" high, 13" wide, and has a 98" rotor. Power is by a turbine engine.

Puma Helicopter

The Puma Helicopter from Helicrazy of Scale RC Helis. com has a length of 85" and uses a Jet Cat turbine engine to turn its 84" rotor.

Puma Helicopter

The Puma Helicopter from Tech Group comes ready to fly. Included is a radio, flight battery and charger. Length is about 10".

Puma Helicopter

The Puma Helicopter flown by Michael Tschiemer, pictured above, is 73" long and powered by a Zenoah 25ccm engine. Weight is around 26 1/2 lbs.

Puma Helicopter

The Puma Helicopter from Bauman is available in short and long tail versions. Construction is from epoxy and it has a gel coated surface. Short length is 67", and long length is 71". Its width is 9 1/2" and its height 15 1/2". All up weight is around 14 lbs.

The Puma Helicopter shown in the following three pictures is another Mr. Hino project. It is a conversion from a 1:32 scale Revell plastic kit. Length is 22 3/4", height is 6 1/2", rotor diameter is 19" and weight is 13.5 oz. Propulsion comes from a Hacker B20-36S motor, Century Humming Bird mechanics, and a Kyosho rotor.

Puma Helicopter hovering.

Puma Helicopter maneuvering.

Puma Helicopter held by Mr. Hino.

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