This photograph shows a close-up front view of a Bristol Sycamore helicopter. It captures the helicopter's nose, an open door and the aircraft's blades. 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. Title devised by Library staff. Date of creation estimated.
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