Royal Navy model. In Northern Ireland found the wreckage of a helicopter that disappeared in 1958 (photo)
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The design of the helicopter is associated with Ukrainian-born aircraft designer Igor Sikorsky.
An unexpected discovery has been made in Northern Ireland. There they were able to identify the wreckage of a lost Royal Navy helicopter on the coast. He fell into Loch Foyle back in 1958, writes the Belfast Telegraph.
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The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Rights (DAERA) helped find the valuable find for aviation. He conducted research using lidar technology and conventional orthography to identify objects threatened by rising sea levels.
During this, a Dragonfly helicopter belonging to the Royal Navy was identified. With the help of aerial photography, we saw the remains of the structure. The tail boom indicated that it belonged to the royal property – the remains of the stencil of the elite fleet are still visible there.
The collected wreckage was examined by experts from the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Plymouth, the Air Fleet Museum in Yeovilton and the Ulster Aeronautical Society. They were able to determine that it was a 1955 Westland Dragonfly helicopter based at RAF Eglinton.
Usually, such models performed search and rescue missions. In addition, this helicopter – a licensed English version of the American Sikorsky H-5/S-51 – was produced by a corporation whose founder was an aircraft designer of Ukrainian origin Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky.
The royal model crashed on November 25, 1958 during time for evacuation drills. While details of the location of the wreckage are not made public. This is due to the large amount of potentially dangerous ammunition from the Second World War.
Marine archaeologists continue to study the area. They hope to find not only the wreckage of helicopters, but also settlements, moorings, sunken ships. To date, more than 150 new heritage sites have been found. Most of them are now below the high tide.