This is G-PASG, a Messerschmitt Bolkow Blohm, the…

This is G-PASG, a Messerschmitt Bolkow Blohm, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Still in it’s familiar yellow ‘AA’ livery (even though the sponsorship has ended) it has the same colour scheme as most of the air ambulances in the UK. It’s ‘PAS’ callsign is from its owners Police Aviation Services, now known as Specialist Aviation Services.

A patient who was thrown from a horse in the North York Moors has been airlifted to hospital. They are removed from the air ambulance on a stretcher and placed in a road ambulance for the short drive to the accident and emergency department.

The three-man crew of the helicopter prepare to take off to another emergency in West Yorkshire. While the pilot begins to start the engines, the two paramedics load the equipment into the back. The pilot is employed by the ambulance service but is not medically trained.

The stretcher is pushed through from the back of the helicopter so that the head appears next to the rear-seated paramedic. All of the same equipment found on a road ambulance is to hand, but in fewer numbers to keep the weight down.

The second paramedic makes one last check of the area prior to take-off. The rotors are almost at full-speed as the pilot radios air traffic control to request priority status for the emergency journey.

Immediately after taking-off the helicopter skims over the ground at only a few feet before rising almost vertically.

A rather scenic shot of the air ambulance as it makes haste towards the sun.

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