That disparaging view of the RAF’s Bristol Belvedere HC1 transport helicopter was typical of many. In the tough operational environment of Aden, its failings often came to the fore, but the type proved its worth time and again
”Fly in it? I wouldn’t even walk underneath it…”
After 11 years as an RAF pilot, which included tours as a fighter pilot and as an instructor, I was posted — unwillingly — to a helicopter course at RAF Tern Hill, Shropshire, during the summer of 1963. It was intended that, at the end of the course, two of us would be posted to Gütersloh in Germany flying the popular Whirlwind HAR10. Two young, firsttour pilots were posted to Aden to fly the Belvedere.