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The Sikorsky S-76C , in which Kobe Bryant and his companions have found death, is a classic of the genre, a frequent vision in the skies of the world and the improved version of the extended models A and B, born in the years 70. It is a medium-sized helicopter , built in the early 1990s and originally conceived as commercial and civil transportation . In this way, the largest number of approximately 1,100 copies built and sold on five continents is used . But its potential as a military device, duly modified and called "Spirit" , led to it being acquired by a dozen Air Forces. Among them the Spanish.
Spain has helicopters , also some of Sikorsky, in the three branches of its Armed Forces. The S-76C (letter that of Sikorsky), renamed H-76 (helicopter ax), belongs to the Air Force , which uses the eight available copies, assigned to Wing 78, as training platforms, at the base of Armilla ( Granada) . In Armilla all helicopter pilots of our Armies and Armed Bodies are formed (Civil Guard, National Police ...). The Xunta de Galicia has since 2005 two copies, assigned in its Coast Guard Service. One based in Vigo and another in Vivero.
Igor Sikorsky was an engineer, aviator and visionary born in 1889 in the Ukrainian Kiev, then belonging to the Russian Empire. Emigrated to the United States in 1919 , he founded the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation in 1923 . Since then, based in Stratford (Connecticut) , it has been one of the world leaders in the manufacture of civil and military helicopters . Especially military. Among them the SH-3 "Sea King" , the CH-53 "Sea Stallion" , the SH-60 "Seahawk" and the celebrated UH-60 "Blackhawk" . The company was acquired in 2015 by the giant Lockheed Martin , who has kept it at the head of the aviation industry.
The S-76C costs about 13 million dollars per unit , reaching almost 300 kms. per hour , it has a flying roof of 4,200 meters and a range of 760 km . It has two motors and four blades in each of the rotors: the main and the tail. It is a very popular aircraft among senior executives and wealthy characters from all walks of life. Also between hierarchs. It is, for example, the Argentine presidential helicopter and officially used by the British Royal Family .
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