The Agusta 109 is a helicopter which is built by Agusta, which was recently renamed AgustaWestland. The manufacturer is run out of Italy. The helicopter is designed to be light in weight. It can seat eight people, runs on a dual engine, and is built to serve several different purposes.
The Agusta 109 was designed in the late 1960s. The helicopter originally was planned to run on only one engine, but the company soon realized that the capabilities of the helicopter could be drastically improved by giving it two engines. The dual engine design was created in 1969, which was powered by two Allison 250-C14 turboshaft motors. A planned military version of the helicopter was scrapped. The focus instead went toward the eight seat version.
The first prototype was launched August 4th, 1971. The first production run was subsequently completed in April of 1975. Soon after, the Agusta 109 helicopter became widely successful. It was quickly adopted for many different uses. In addition to transporting people from one location to another, it became popular for us during search and rescue missions, and for use as an air ambulance.
In the same year, Agusta again began returning to the possibility of producing a military version of the helicopter. They began trials in 1976 and 1977 by attaching TOW missiles. Two military variants of the helicopter were then created. One was intended for light attack and support, the other for naval purposes.
The Agusta A109S is the fastest helicopter from New York to Los Angeles. Scott Kasprowicz and Steve Sheik broke records by traversing the globe in eleven days, seven hours, and two minutes. The previous around the world record in a helicopter was almost six days longer. Very impressively, the factory-standard executive configured Agusta 109 helicopter was not modified in any way to break the record.