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1970 - First flight of Harbin Model 701 light helicopter

Our latest featured aircraft for January is the Guimbal Cabri G2 .


The Cabri G2 is a two seat helicopter designed for both the training role and personal use. The over-arching design was by Bruno Guimbal, a former Eurocopter engineer who created the company.

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