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                        Helicopters History

                        Helicopters History

                        1920 to today

                        In 1922, the Spanish engineer Juan de La Cierva entered the final development stage of an autogyro: an airplane whose wings were replaced by a free-spinning rotor, entirely driven by the speed of the forward propeller.

                        1920s

                        In early 1948 the SO1100 (Ariel 1) made its free flight.

                        1930s-50s

                        1950s-60s

                        1950s-60s

                        First Flight on April 15, 1965

                        1960s-90s

                        September 1, 1992: The NH90 development contract is signed between NAHEMA (NATO Helicopter Management Agency) and NH Industrie, a French company, which is the focal point for the NH90 programme

                        1992-1995

                        February 15, 1996: The ceremony for the first official flight of the NH90 took place at the Airbus Helicopters (former Eurocopter) plant in Marignane, France in the presence of military and governmental representatives from France, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands (the nations participating in the NH90 Programme)

                        1996-1998

                        The first flight of the fourth prototype of the NH90 (PT4) took place at Eurocopter Deutschland's test facility in Ottobrunn near Munich

                        1999-2001

                        2002-2004

                        2002-2004

                        The first HAP Tiger, delivered to the French Army

                        2005-2007

                        The EC225 granted FAA type certification

                        2008-2011

                        100,000 flight hours with German Federal Police

                        2012-2017

                        The H160 flies over the Grand Canyon just before its international airshow debut at the 2018 HAI-Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada

                        2018

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