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A Sycamore helicopter [2]

This photograph shows a front view of a Bristol Sycamore helicopter in an airfield. It captures the helicopter's nose, an open door and the aircraft's three rotor blades. There is a crew standing near the body with his head hidden by the open door of the helicopter. The Sycamore first entered Malaya in 1953 and replaced the older Dragonfly helicopters in casualty evacuation and extraction missions of ground troops during the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960). One of the Sycamore's drawback is its wooden rotor blades which rapidly deteriorate in Malayan tropical climate. Another is the low rotor blades that are nearly flushed with the roof, which prove to be dangerous when coming into near contact with the aircraft. In the photograph, the Malay words, "Kipas Merbahya", meaning dangerous blades, are painted on the nose of the aircraft. Title devised by Library staff. Date of creation estimated.

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