VICPOL DAUPHIN 2


Aerospatiale Dauphin 2 VH-PVA


Images by David Constable


Introduction

Residents of the Metropoliton area of Melbourne will be familiar with the distinctive sound of the Victorian Police Air Wing’s Aerospatiale Dauphin 2 helicopters flying over their rooftops. The first helicopter, VH-PVF, was brought into service on 10 October 1979 amid some controversy over cost and suitability, and after a successful introduction, it was supplemented by the purchase of two more similar helicopters in 1986. The two later helicopters, VH-PVK and VH-PVA originally came from the Romanian Government, with PVA being fitted out to the equivalent of a MICA (Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance) unit, the equipment alone costing some $80,000. All this extra weight precludes the use of the ‘night sun’ searchlight and winch on VH-PVA. The three Dauphin helicopters have since become regulars on the TV news services displaying their ability for surveillance, search and rescue and ambulance.


The kit

 

 

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