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Aerospatiale AS316 Alouette III

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Today hospital-based helicopter ambulance services all over the world save hundreds of lives every day, but in 1972, there was just one, and it was in Denver, Colorado.

At that time, emergency medical services were brand new. Using lessons learned during combat in Korea and Vietnam, hospitals were improving emergency room procedures and ambulance companies were hiring the first paramedics and emergency medical technicians.

Staff at St. Anthony Hospital in Denver had been working on using helicopters to transport severely-injured patients, but creating this complex emergency response system involved bringing together first responders, trauma surgeons, nurses, hospital staff, and government officials. Communication links had to be established, procedures created, and new technology developed. The hospital built a helipad on the roof, but the missing piece was a helicopter that could function well on hot days in Denver’s thin atmosphere.

The French Alouette III was perfect for the job. It was large enough for the pilot, two flight nurses, and two patients. Its powerful turbine engine gave it exceptional performance at high altitudes. Flight for Life used Alouette III helicopters from 1972 to 1992, replacing them with Aerospatiale AS350 aircraft that are still in use today.

Aircraft specifications:
Length: 32 ft 11 in (10.03 m)
Rotor diameter: 36 ft 2 in (11.02 m)
Maximum speed: 130 mph (210 km/h)
Maximum weight: 4,850 lbs (2,200 kg)
Engine: Turbomeca Artouste IIIB turboshaft, 570 hp (425 kW)
Ceiling: 10,500 ft (3,200 m)
Carries pilot, flight nurses, and one or two patients

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Upcoming Events

Saturday Jun 15
9:30AM TO 12:30PM
Exploration of Flight (Centennial Airport)

Breakfast Fly-In

Breakfast Fly-In
Saturday, Jun 15, 2024 | 9:30AM to 12:30PM

Wings is moving our regularly scheduled Breakfast Fly-in to be held on June 15 (third Saturday) as we help support Centennial Airports’ first Runway 5K Race on June 1.

Plan to join us on June 15 at Exploration of Flight for a fly-in featuring planes, pilots and breakfast!

Enjoy breakfast from a local food truck, watch aircraft fly in and explore interactive exhibits and simulators. Join us at 11:00 a.m. for a presentation titled “High Altitude Physiology and it’s Impact on Pilots” by Dave Gissen. This presentation is eligible for WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program credit.

Pre-Purchase Tickets Here

Pilots – Fly in for free breakfast! For tie-down space, contact Flight@WingsMuseum.org or 303.360.5360 ext 160.

Food Truck: Cruz In & Eat

*Weather permitting. Aircraft on display are subject to change. 

Saturday Jun 15
10:30AM TO 12:30PM
Air & Space Museum

Comic Creator Workshop

Comic Creator Workshop
Saturday, Jun 15, 2024 | 10:30AM to 12:30PM

Unleash your creative side at this workshop celebrating the opening of our new Snoopy and the Red Baron exhibit! A docent will share insights about the exhibit and the power of Peanuts, and then you will learn how to draw your own comic strip.

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Limited spots available. Suggested age is 9+.

Sunday Jun 16
12:00PM TO 5:00PM
Air & Space Museum

Dad’s Free Day at the Museum

Dad’s Free Day at the Museum
Sunday, Jun 16, 2024 | 12:00PM to 5:00PM

Celebrate Father’s Day at Wings Over the Rockies! All dads will receive FREE admission at both Wings locations on Father’s Day.

Bring the whole family and explore captivating exhibits, see iconic aircraft, immersive displays and more. Create lasting memories with Dad as you explore the wonders of aviation and space! Family members are welcome to pre-purchase their tickets online. Dad’s free admission ticket will be available at check in.

Click here to learn about visiting our second location, Exploration of Flight, on Dad’s Free Day.

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