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Bell 206L Long Ranger in Swedish Police Service
The Swedish National Police airborne helicopter unit was established in 1964. The unit, called Polisflyget, has ever since been the only airborne Police unit in Sweden. While it began with only two helicopters, in time the unit expanded its strength to eight rotorcraft divided between four air bases.
Polisflyget has operated Bell helicopters ever since it started helicopter activities back in 1964. The first two were Bell 47s. In 1967 they got their first Jet Rangers and in 1979 they got their first Long Ranger. It served with distinction though many years. However, on February 7th, 2002 the entire Police helicopter base at Tullinge Airport near Stockholm was lost in a huge fire. Among the aircraft lost in the flames were three Long Ranger helicopters. Another Long Ranger was lost in a wire strike in February 2001.
In mid-2000 the Swedish National Police decided to upgrade its current fleet by purchasing the new Eurocopter EC135P2's. The helicopters arrived and in June 2003 the last of the remaining three Bell 206 helicopters was sold.