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AW-139 at Olympics 2012
AW-101 at Olympics 2012

Olympic Games 2012 - TV broadcasts for the summer event's opening ceremony in London included a short film (directed by Danny Boyle), featuring a helicopter stunt. A re-painted Agusta-Westland AW-139 took off from the lawn of Buckingham Palace, flew along the River Thames, accompanied by a Eurocopter A-Star camera-ship, and through Tower Bridge, before stuntmen playing the Queen and James Bond parachute down into the Olympic stadium.

A second helicopter in the same Union Jack flag-burst livery, was an AW-101 Merlin (which also appears in Bond movie Skyfall), used to drop tons of confetti on the stadium.

Tower Bridge stunt flying
2012 Olympics helicopters

AW-139 at London Olympics
helicopter stunt for 2012 Olympics

Westland Sea King over Tower Bridge
The pictures above are from daylight rehearsals. The actual ceremony took place after dark.

When the Olympic flame arrived in London, it was carried by a Royal Marine commando who abseiled from a Royal Navy Westland Sea King (the British version of a Sikorsky S-61) helicopter down to the riverside by Tower Bridge.

Sea King hovers over London
Olympic flame arrives by helicopter