In 1967 the BO-105 set a design precedent as a twin-engined helicopter with a four-blade hingeless main rotor. The advantage of this rotor system is, that it ensures unparalleled manoeuvrability. The BO-105 remains the only "fully aerobatic" helicopter, capable of performing manoeuvres usually reserved for fixed-wing aircraft only. Manufactured in Germany until 1997, this helicopter is used in over 35 countries world-wide for civilian, paramilitary and military purposes. It has gained widespread use for search and rescue and offshore operations.
At AIRPOWER16, three BO-105, all belonging to the Flying Bulls, can be seen. Two of them (D-HSDM und D-HTDM) were built in 1974, were originally in service with the Baden-Württemberg police force and went on to be used in the movie industry before being acquired by Red Bull in 2005.
The third BO-105 (D-HUBE) is a new addition to the Flying Bulls family. It differs slightly from its two sisters in that it is the "long version" of the BO-105, which is why it is called the type CBS-5. This helicopter has been equipped with a bespoke camera mount designed for the "Cineflex" system, so it can be used to shoot exclusive footage from the air.