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Philip Bell, e-mail, 08.08.2020 15:23

Hi
We're trying to find the current owner of G-AWDU is there any way of getting in contact with them please?


Elmer Falcione, e-mail, 08.07.2020 18:30

I FLEW THE BIBLE FOR THE, NOW DEFUNCT, PITTSBURGH PARK POLICE, PA., BACK IN THE LATE 60'S. (contracted out of Miller Aviation, County Airport). IT WAS A FINE HELICOPTER. ONLY (2) PLACE, BUT, GOT THE PATROL JOB DONE FOR US. IF MAINTAINED PROPERLY, IT BECAME AN ASSET TO OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT. THE PITTSBURGH POLICE, LATER USED A BELL 47G5A, WHICH WAS ALSO TERMINATED. THE PA. STATE POLICE, NOW OPERATE POLICE PATROLS WITHIN THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA.
RESPECTFULLY,

ELMER F. FALCIONE
Ret. Police Officer (P.I.C.)


Willmer Simonetto, e-mail, 08.02.2017 11:42

Photos of internal airframe construction, maintenance manual and Illustrated Part Catalog (copy of them can be good) WANTED.

Thanks in advance for help me!


Al Frank, e-mail, 22.06.2016 04:39

I'm interested in making contact with someone familiar with a 305. I have one in a museum environment/display and have a couple of questions that would be helpful for me to explain to museum visitors.


Jackson Hallett, e-mail, 12.08.2015 04:36

Just bought another Brantly this time a B2A n5901X. I found this site and realized I owned N2166U before the crash in Florida. Got all my ratings in the bird Comm/CFI and with an attitude indicator enough instrument time to get typed in a B206. I had a partner in it for a couple of years then bought him out the next day he came out to give a friend a ride and wreck it. Was fixed and few very well again. I later sold it to a buddy and Continental pilot who fixed it. He later sold it to the guy that it was destroyed in the last crash.


George, e-mail, 02.01.2015 20:51

he one in 'You Only Live Twice,' released in 1967, belonged to British Executive Air Services Ltd, G-ASXE. It was painted over for the movie. Brantly's chief test pilot and engineer, Frank Erickson piloted it.
It was the chief pilot of BEAS that flew in and out of the crater in the film 'Peter' regards George


mitch, e-mail, 27.09.2014 08:13

At flickr.com search n2052y and see several pictures of the one most people are saying was in 'You Only Live Twice.' It has a whole new paint job, too.


mitch, e-mail, 26.09.2014 22:19

btw sn 17, originally N6793D was exported to Canada in 1961


mitch, e-mail, 26.09.2014 22:12

The reason for finding no information about Mr Brantly is probably because he was N O Brantly (Newby Odell, which he hated)

The Brantly in 'Goldfinger' could not have been the same ship as the one in 'You Only Live Twice,' although it may or may not have belonged to the same company. That movie was released in 1964. It was definitely not a B-2, like the site says though, you can look at a close up of it on the same site, it looks like a B-2A, to me.

There were 2 in a British documentary series, also in 1964, also owned by British Executive Air Services Ltd. The article on impdb.org claims one was a B-2A and the other a B-2B, but they were both obviously B-2A, sn, 303 & sn 308. The photos there show enough of the profile to be sure.
Sn 303 was painted red and white like the one in 'Goldfinger' and it was around the same time frame so it may have been that same one.
I believe the first B-2B off the production line was sn 319, I think it was also exported to England. I have seen another picture of G-ASEW, sn 308, after upgrade to B-2B but it didn't come off the production line that way.

It is also barely possible that sn 328 N2166U was the one in 'Goldfinger' as it's airworthiness date was in August 1963 but most of the movie was filmed in the UK and Switzerland. The close up looks like a B-2A and the long shot is too fuzzy to be sure. No evidence exists that N2166U had ever left the country. N2166U went down very shortly after take off, in a
training accident in Florida in 2001, the NTSB reported damage consistent with load higher than maximum take off weight but ruled it 'loss of control for unknown reasons.'


mitch, e-mail, 26.09.2014 19:42

I remember my dad telling us at dinner one night that Frank was going to England to fly a ship in a James Bond movie. The one in 'You Only Live Twice,' released in 1967, belonged to British Executive Air Services Ltd, G-ASXE. It was painted over for the movie. Brantly's chief test pilot and engineer, Frank Erickson piloted it. A ship with the same registration was also said to have been used in one episode, aired in March 1966, of a British TV series, 'The Baron.' believed to be sn 445, manufactured in 1965. (At impdb.org search for Brantly B-2) The last known owner is in Sweden and the registration was then N2052Y. There was an earlier B-2B registered under G-ASXE, sn 436, manufactured in 1964, A/W Date 12/10/1964. Now N2271U, it is currently registered in Delaware. I'm not as sure as they which it was.


mitch, e-mail, 26.09.2014 19:32

My dad worked for Brantly from mid 59 to about a year after the factory moved to Kansas. He went from a mechanic, and eventually test pilot, to production manager. Gates-Lear wanted him to ride a desk.


Ken Kelly, e-mail, 30.01.2014 23:49

I have a Brantly serial number 5 which I might sell. It may be the oldest one still flying.


david hillberg, e-mail, 07.12.2013 00:49

Don I have SN#18, it was one of the military test craft, it was returned to Brantly to have a skid gear and bent tail installed..SN#17 is at Ft Rucker as a display...


Dave Stern, e-mail, 31.07.2013 00:47

While in Alaska, owned B-2 #181 & B-2B #345 that crashed in Mtns neear Wasilla. Wilburs Flight Opns in Anchorage had a few for GI Bill traiing. They were a total blast to fly, landed on a postage stamp, and fit like a glove hene was a snap to fly. During flight training at Aero-Copters my A&P and helio insdtructor let me fly a 305 did some maintenance on and it was outstanding in autorotations. Searching for NP Brantly family to borrow Brantly history and form an aviation history article of this great little copter. Nobody has written a history and time to tell.
Credit is given for all data, images, and can trade some too. Thank you.
David


B, e-mail, 25.02.2013 09:28

Serial Number: 328
•Aircraft Registration Number: N2166U
Two people crashed and died in this helicopter used in James
Bond movie


Vincent J montuoro, e-mail, 11.05.2011 20:38

I worked in Fredick from 1956-1966. Helped start factory. Moved from Philadelphia with the prototype Ended up as Executive Vice President. Happy to see it still in service.


CW4 Don Bailey-USA-(RET)), e-mail, 11.05.2011 08:08

As CFI-R[1427730]in the early '60s, I flew and taught in the B2,B2B and 305 Brantlys.I checked out in the Brantly 305 at Frederick, OK. on Jan.11,1966, by CFI-R,Roy Orr-1464120.Bill Beech, CFI-R(USA-MAJ-RET)and I flew the 305 from Frederick, OK to Cleveland,OH.I was Chief Pilot for Cleveland Air Service-Burke Lakefront Airport,OH Have pix.


Robert Johnston, e-mail, 21.01.2011 23:19

does anyone know the Out Ground Effect hover limits for this helicopter? I am doing a report and would really appreciate the help!


Ed Wilson, e-mail, 15.12.2010 06:18

I was a CFI in OKC in 1964-65 and taught several pilots to fly the B2B. We had four machines and gave fifteen hours for 500 dollars. Lots of fun flying. If you could master this little unit you can fly any copter with ease.


Don Hillberg, e-mail, 13.10.2010 06:32

Ladys and Gentlmen, Brantly Has Closed its Doors and looks like No more new Brantlys, Sad times, The little flying snow cone has melted, Glad it an easy helicopter to maintane,Fun to fly,easy to auto,A piece of History sad its gone...


Don Hillberg, e-mail, 09.05.2010 22:52

The "Bond Brantly" was rented from mid western helicopters OK and was sold back to Brantly and painted Black and Gold then sold to the state troopers,crashed and rebuilt,privetly owned and salvaged in California SN 17


terrie schmidt, e-mail, 05.11.2009 22:12

REPLY ABOUT HELICOPTERS USED IN 'JAMES BOND' MOVIE. I DO BELIEVE THE ONE USED IN 'GOLDFINGER' WAS BOUGHT FROM MR BRANTLY,JUST FOR THE MOVIE. IT MAY BE IN A MUSUEM? I WILL E-MAIL MY BROTHER TO CONFIRM THIS!!


terrie schmidt, e-mail, 05.11.2009 21:38

ASKING FOR ANYONE WHO REPLYS TO CONFIRM THEY DID LIVE IN FREDERICK -1957 TO 1965-TO SAY WHAT THE NAME OF THE MOVIE HOUSE WAS AND WHAT STREET IT USED TO BE ON??


terrie schmidt, e-mail, 05.11.2009 21:33

ON 6-8-09 I WROTE,ASKING IF ANYONE HAD ANY OLD PHOTOS TAKEN BETWEEN 1957 AND 1965,OF WHEN BRANTLY WAS LOCATED IN FREDERICK OKLAHOMA?
I RECEIVED ONE REPLY,FROM SOMEONE WHO LIVED THERE DURING THAT TIME AND WHO,S FATHER WORKED WITH MY FATHER.
I,M GLAD THAT THIS PERSON DID REPLY AND I HOPE TO HEAR FROM ANY ONE ELSE WHO LIVED THERE THEN OR LIVES THERE NOW??


terrie schmidt, e-mail, 06.08.2009 05:58

I DO HAVE A COMMENT!,BUT IT IS NOT TECHNICAL . I AM TRYING TO FIND ANYONE WHO WORKED IN FREDERICK ,OKLAHOMA,BETWEEN 1957 AND 1965,AT MR BRANTLYS HELICOPTER PLANT.
MY FATHER,FRANCIS SCHMIDT WORKED THERE AND I DO REMEMBER MR BRANTLY COMING TO THE HOUSE ONE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY.
IF THERE IS ANYONE WHO HAS ANY INFORMATION OR PHOTOGRAPHS DURING THOSE YEARS,PLEASE REPLY??


jerry koch, e-mail, 02.02.2009 21:09

One of these is featured prominently in the James Bond movie "You Only Live Twice" and another one (or possibly the same one) appears at the very end of "Goldfinger". I wonder if one of the series producers owned it, or something. I have never seen one anywhere else.


Jim Brook, e-mail, 03.09.2008 10:27

I am very curious about the altitude performance of the B2B,is it strictly a sea level machine as the h.i.g.e.figure seems to be very low, is this a function of the considerably smaller disc area compared to the Hughes 300 rotor system which is small itself.Does it auto down faster than the 300? Thanks.


Jim Brook, e-mail, 03.09.2008 10:26

I am very curious about the altitude performance of the B2B,is it strictly a sea level machine as the h.i.g.e.figure seems to be very low, is this a function of the considerably smaller disc area compared to the Hughes 300 rotor system which is small itself.Does it auto down faster than the 300? Thanks.




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