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#2091 Czech Air Force - PZL-Świdnik W-3A Sokół (0718)

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PZL-Świdnik W-3A Sokół (0718) from the Czech Air Force at the ILA 2006, Berlin-Schönefeld (Germany)
(Internationale Luftfahrt-Ausstellung, ILA or International Aviation Exhibition - also known as Berlin Air Show)

The PZL W-3 Sokół (Falcon) is a Polish medium-size, twin-engine, multipurpose helicopter manufactured by PZL-Świdnik
(now AgustaWestland Świdnik). In 1979, with nearly 20 years experience of building Mil-designed helicopters behind it, Poland's PZL-Świdnik flew the first prototype of a new design designated W-3 and named Sokół (also spelled Sokol). There was a long series of tethered tests and extensive design changes before the second prototype flew in May 1982, and it was another three years before production began. Since then, PZL has developed several specialized variants for military and civil applications. By 2011 PZL had completed more than 149 production W-3s.
The PZL W-3 Sokół combat helicopters have been delivered to the Polish Air Force, Polish Army, Polish Navy, Czech Air Force, Philippine Air Force and Myanmar Air Force. But is also offered in transport, cargo-lifter, police, VIP, medical evacuation (MEDEVAC),
Emergency Medical Services (EMS), (Search and Rescue) SAR-mountain, and SAR-sea variants.

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