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DAY 5

DAY 5

THE MOMENT A HELICOPTER CONQUERED EVEREST

The Ecureuil performs in the most extreme conditions

Airbus pioneers know that to make progress, you have to push the limits. That’s why on 14 May 2005, Didier Delsalle, became the first person to land a helicopter on the summit of Mount Everest.

His success paved the way for many treacherous mountain rescue missions by Airbus Helicopters, but his mission was not without challenges.

Although their routes may seem different, the world’s highest peak presents similar challenges to both the intrepid foot explorer, and our pioneering pilot…

Day 5 Everest
Preparation
Difficult navigation
Extreme conditions
Freezing temperatures
Thin air

Didier, an Airbus Helicopters test pilot from France, took on the challenge inspired by the power of the AS350 B3 Ecureuil.

The civil helicopter had been built for high-performance missions in difficult conditions around the world: for aerial work such as firefighting, newsgathering and crop spraying; for law enforcement and emergency medical services.

But Didier wanted to demonstrate its capabilities for high-altitude rescue missions on Everest and beyond.

In fact, he was so determined to prove the aircraft’s capabilities that he completed the feat twice in two days, after a recording equipment failure temporarily erased evidence of his first summit. As with all those who climb Everest, he wanted to push the limits.

UP CLOSE WITH THE WORLD’S MOST FLOWN WIDEBODY

UP CLOSE WITH THE WORLD’S MOST FLOWN WIDEBODY

Since the 1990s, the versatile A330 has carried over 1 billion people

DISCOVER FOUR WAYS TO CLEAN UP SPACE

DISCOVER FOUR WAYS TO CLEAN UP SPACE

RemoveDEBRIS programme declutters space

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