#1170 Sikorsky S-61N, Sikorsky S-92A
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Squadron Prints Lithograph No. 1170 - Sikorsky S61N G-BIMU & Sikorsky S92A G-CGMU, HM Coastguard, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Stornoway Search & Rescue Flight 25th Anniversary, 1987 - 2012. The Stornoway Coastguard Search & Rescue Flight has the responsibility for the largest search and rescue area in the UK. The flight’s role varies from long to short range maritime search and rescue missions as well as mountain rescue and air ambulance support. It covers an area with over a thousand miles of coastline and includes several mountain ranges and part of the Atlantic Ocean. Following a campaign by local people for a dedicated search and rescue helicopter in the area, the flight commenced operations on the 12th May 1987 using a Sikorsky S61N helicopter. With no other emergency aircraft based in the Highlands & Islands and the northwest coast of Scotland, the Coastguard flight provides a vital lifeline service for the inhabitants. In 2007 Stornoway was the first ever flight to use the Sikorsky S92 helicopter for search and rescue operations. The S92 is faster than its predecessor and offers improved aircraft performance along with the latest aviation technology. Its full de-icing capability has increased the range and scope of the flight as well as helping to reduce the transfer time for casualties to hospital care. In 2011 Stornoway completed its longest ever mission, a 1000 nautical mile round trip via Ireland to assist a seriously ill casualty on a submarine. The flight has flown over 3500 missions since its inauguration and received numerous awards in recognition of its services to search and rescue. The Stornoway SAR Flight is extremely grateful for the support it has received from the Coastguard Watch Officers, the Coastguard Rescue Teams, the Mountain Rescue Teams, the RNLI and Stornoway Airport.