Bristol 171 Sycamore HR.14B

When in the early 1950s the new training base of Kamina (Congo) was build the need arose for a rescue helicopter that could offer fast assistance. It was decided to purchase three Bristol Sycamores that were delivered to the Congo by C119 Flying Boxcars. The helicopters were successfully operated from the base of Kamina.

B1 / OT-ZKA c/n 13199 ex (G-AMWP ntu)
  • 270254: construction date
  • 010354: first flight
  • 100354: Cat.3 before delivery to the Belgian Air Force. During a testflight the helicopter got into trouble and the nosewheel collapsed at Filton (UK). It was flown by a belgian pilot under training. Damage was estimated at 1.400.000 Bfr
  • 100654-140654: delivered to Kamina (Congo), transported by C119G CP27
  • 140654: tt.11.55hrs
  • 280654: first flight at Kamina
  • 251056: tailrotor damaged during landing in de bush, was repaired on site
  • 310360: during take-off from Kamina one of the main rotor blades exploded and the aircraft crashed, the crew of three were all killed (tt. 935:05hrs)

Bristol 171 Sycamore HR.14B - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Collection Laurent Heyligen

B2 / OT-ZKB c/n 13200 ex (G-AMWR ntu)
  • 240354: first flight
  • 030654: flew under its own power to Melsbroek
  • 000054-000055: based at Goetsenhoven for crew-training
  • 210455: departed for Kamina, transported by C119
  • 200156: first flight at Kamina
  • 000060: wfu after engine problems and lack of spares
  • 000860: aircraft is set on fire shortly before the arrival of UN-troops at Kamina

Bristol 171 Sycamore HR.14B - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Collection Laurent Heyligen

B3 / OT-ZKC c/n 13021 ex (G-AMWS ntu)
  • 120454: construction date
  • 140454: first flight
  • 000654-050754: flown from Filton (UK) to Kamina by C119
  • 120555: first flight Kamina
  • 200158: pilot was 'hovering' over the landing when the tail rotor transmission started to slip. The helicopter lost stability and crashed. Fortunately this happened at low altitude and nobody was hurt. The aircraft sustained Cat.4 damaged and was repaired
  • 250760: After a problem with the transmission the helicopter made an autorotation landing in the congolese savanne. A mayday-call was send and the crew was picked-up, apart from the mecanic who had to guard the helicopter until it could be recovered. The next day a C47 arrived to drop spares and supplies. After a first observation flight the aircraft made a slow turn to get into the wind. On the ground the mecano thouht that de C47 had not seen him and he fired a red flare. Upon impact in the dry grass the flare started a fire that also destroyed the helicopter (tt 267:25hrs)

Bristol 171 Sycamore HR.14B - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Collection Laurent Heyligen



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