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Did the Wilmington Police Department purchase a new helicopter, in addition to the two that they already had?

Brian Freskos
StarNews

The Wilmington Police Department, which operates the SABLE helicopter program in conjunction with other local law enforcement agencies, recently acquired a new helicopter to replace a retiring one.

Lucy Crockett, a police spokeswoman, said the new aircraft is a U.S. military surplus helicopter given to North Carolina for use by a law enforcement agency. The only costs incurred by the SABLE program, which is funded through a multi-agency partnership, involved the inspections and stripping equipment out of the old helicopter and installing it in the new one.

The SABLE program includes two helicopters — SABLE I and SABLE II.

The new military surplus helicopter will replace SABLE I, meaning the program will still fly only two helicopters.

“The new aircraft has had significantly less usage and is in much better condition than the current SABLE I,” Crockett said. “Before the SABLE program acquired it, it already had been refurbished with about $130,000 worth of new equipment and repairs.”

The current SABLE I is slated to be returned to the state, Crockett said.

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One Response to “ Did the Wilmington Police Department purchase a new helicopter, in addition to the two that they already had?”

  1. On March 16, 2013 at 11:10 am Richard wrote:

    Were these helos manufactured by Sikorsky, Bell or some other helo manufacturer? What models (UH-1, H-60, etc.)?



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