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In 1953 British European Airways evaluated the two Mk 3A aircraft with extended rear fuselage and baggage locker. The aircraft also went on an extended sales tour. This followed the flight of G-AMWI the Mk 4 prototype; one of the main changes was the pilots control moving to the now standard helicopter position on the right. The Mk 4 was in production from May 1953 until April 1959, later production concentrating on the factory at Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset.A total of 152 Mk 4's were built in all variants, 87 to the RAF as the Sycamore HR.14, three to the Belgium Government, one designated (A91-2) went to the RAAF, ten to the Royal Australian Navy as the HR.51 and fifty to the West German armed forces as the Mk 52.

G-AMWI meanwhile was kept busy demonstrating, over a five year period, in France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Austria. It then was employed training German pilots from June 1957 until January 1958. The aircraft was eventually sold in Australia during 1961

Other demonstrators went to Mexico and Canada (G-AODL) in 1955

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BEA evaluate the Sycamore for city use

BEA evaluate the Sycamore for city use
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Landing at L'Arcade Du Palaise Du Cinquantenaire in Brussels

Landing at L'Arcade Du Palaise Du Cinquantenaire in Brussels
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The first two machines for the German armed forces overfly Brean Down in Somerset.

The first two machines for the German armed forces overfly Brean Down in Somerset.
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