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Number of Kolibries

boxkite

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Does anybody know the number of built NHI H-3 Kolibrie helicopters?

Thank you in advance,
Thomas
 

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As far as I understand production total was 11 (elveven). The NHI-3 was preceded by at least 2 prototypes known as the SOBEH-1 and SOBEH-2 (SOBEH stands for Stichting Ontwikkeling en Bouw Experimentele Helicopter in Dutch which in English is Foundation/Association for Development and Construction of Experimental Helicopter. The SOBEH-2 and at least one NHI-3 are preserved in the Aviodrome collection at Lelystad Airport, Lelystad/The Netherlands. (website www.aviodrome.nl)
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Hi Thomas,
Indeed, 11 were built including prototypes. Seven Kolibries went to Israel, but only four of them were flying- mainly as cropdusters.
All of them had disappeared, except one in a very poor condition, that awaits restoration.

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Walter and Shai - Thanks for the information.

All of them had disappeared, except one in a very poor condition, that awaits restoration.

The one waiting for restoration is still in Israel?
 

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Yes. still in Israel :)

In a small airfield, about ten km north of Tel Aviv.
Here are some pictures that I have taken http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=kolibrie+ramjet&m=text
 

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