The 221st Helicopter Squadron at Náměšť nad Oslavou (Czech Republic) introduced a new special painted helicopter on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the NATO Tiger Squadron Association. The graphic design was made by the Czech street artist Vladimír Hirscher, for whom this work was a great challenge and a first experience. The helicopter was sprayed by airbrush. With a total helicopter area of 100 m2, 50 kg of paint was used.
In the middle part of the helicopter, on one side a Vickers Wellington and on the other side a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft were painted in a realistic form, on which the pilots of the 311th Czechoslovak Squadron flew in the RAF during WWII. There are 247 stars on the helicopter, representing the number of fallen soldiers who served in the 311th unit during the war.
“Camouflage is an expression of respect and thanks to all pilots, armourers, mechanics and other aviation specialists who laid down their lives for freedom in World War II,” described Lt. Col. Miroslav Šajban, commander of the 221st Helicopter Squadron.
The 221st Helicopter Squadron has been a member of the NATO Tiger Squadron Association since 2002 and participates regurarly at the Tiger Meet international exercise.
From 2023 the Mi-24/35 will be gradually replaced by the American Bell H-1 helicopters.