The Alouette is a French built helicopter, hence the 'F' in the registration number F-BNKZ which can be seen on the cabin just beneath the door. This is the helicopter used for filming at Portmeirion, seen in aerial shots, and used for filming ground shots from the air.
Powered by the Turbomeca artouste C6 turboshaft engine built by Sub-Aviation. First known as Aerospatiale between 1955 and 1961, when the design changed to the Alouette II which continued in production until the advent of the Alouette
III in 1975.
The Alouette II helicopter lives in the minds of fans for it's appearance in the Prisoner, yet F-BNKZ, which had been re-registered G-AVEE by the time of filming for the episode 'Fall Out,' is not the only helicopter to apprear in the series. A second Alouette F-BOEH was used in the later part of 'The Schizoid Man 'pictured below. However unlike F-BNKZ, F-BOEH did not go to Portmeirion, but was used simply to take off and land during The Schizoid Man on a back lot at
MGM studios at . At the time of the shoot for 'The Schizoid Man,' F-BNKZ was not available, so a substitute helicopter had to be found, that was F-BOEH owned at the time by Hili-Union in Elstree, England . Paris
Yet the French helicopters were not the only ones to appear in the Prisoner, in the episode 'The Girl Who Was Death' is G-ATSH, an American built Bell 47 D-1.
has only a fleeting appearance in The Prisoner episode of The Girl Who Was Death, but worthy of mention none the less for that. G-ATSH was registered on Bell the 11th of March 1966 and was fairly new to the country when it was used in the episode. Little is known about this helicopter, except that it was operating out of Rush Green Aerodrome in for Farmair Limited as a crop sprayer. G-ATSH also appeared in other televiison series, and more notably a James Bond film. Hertfordshire, England
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