#1433 Sikorsky S-92

Sikorsky S-92
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43.8 cm x 29.2 cm
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S92A
G-CGMA
HM Coast Guard
Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
UK - civil
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Squadron Prints Lithograph No. 1433 - G-CGMA, Sikorsky S92A, HM Coastguard, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. Stornoway Coastguard Search and Rescue flight, based on the Hebridean Isle of Lewis is responsible for providing 24 hour all-weather search and rescue on the North West corner of the British Isles - an area that includes over a thousand miles of rugged coastline, the impressive mountain ranges of the Cuillins, Torridon and An Teallach, and open ocean west to St Kilda and beyond. The flight commenced operations on the 12th May 1987 using a Sikorsky S61N helicopter and in 2007 became the first ever flight to use the Sikorsky S92 helicopter for SAR operations. The S92 is ideally suited to the role of search and rescue with its extended range, speed and impressive array of specialist equipment that includes a sophisticated autopilot, weather radar, infrared search camera and night vision capability. The role of the flight varies from maritime SAR missions to mountain rescue and medical evacuation. In 2011 Stornoway completed its longest ever mission; a 1000 nautical mile round trip via Ireland to evacuate a seriously ill casualty from a submarine. In January 2015 the flight made national news with a daring rescue of all crewmembers from the FV Iuda Naofa which sank off the north coast of Lewis in less than a minute. To date Stornoway has flown over 3600 SAR missions and received numerous awards in recognition of services to search and rescue. The rescue helicopter is an integral part of a much broader network of rescue services, and it is widely accepted that a first class service comes from the mutual trust and cooperation that exists between them. Over the years Stornoway SAR flight has forged a great deal of professional and personal bonds with her counterparts within the various Coastguard, Mountain Rescue and Lifeboat units. As the structure of UK SAR has evolved over the years, and as GAP SAR finishes and the flight prepares to become part of UK SAR in July 2017, one thing remains the same, and that is Stornoway’s commitment to providing a first class rescue service for the next 30 years.

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