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  • 3 Chinooks over London now
  • Premier Icon RudeBoy
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    Just went over me, heading into town. Thought we were being invaded! Bloody things rattled me letterbox!

    Look, how they seem to follow the course of the Thames. Wonder why that is?

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    “Wonder why that is?”

    you can tell when you’re going off course quite easily.

    Premier Icon Surfr
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    I think the thames was always used as a navigational aid for helicopters. It makes sense really. Nice and visible for VFR flight.

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    William and Harry coming to visit granny?

    Premier Icon WorldClassAccident
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    I seem to remember something about black helicoptors swarming down the Thames a while back. Might bbe the same people. Run for it!

    Premier Icon CaptainFlashheart
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    Ah good, my transport has arrived. Was wondering where they were.

    Premier Icon nickc
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    Fred, are we going to have a re run of the “where helicopters can fly in London” thread

    Go on, it’d brighten my day…

    Premier Icon hora
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    That will be the Lord Tharg from Onsillon coming to meet with Prime Minister Brown (note the silly preceeding title of Brown)

    Premier Icon RudeBoy
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    Flashy, tell you what- they’d be bastard handy for going bikies with! Ride into the back, up and way, drop off wherever you fancy!

    I like hekelopters…

    Premier Icon CaptainFlashheart
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    RudeBoy, they’re handy for the boats as well;

    Clicky linky

    Premier Icon RudeBoy
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    Wow…

    Want one…

    Premier Icon GTDave
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    T’is a regular run, they do it at least once a week.

    Premier Icon hora
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    T’is a regular run, they do it at least once a week.

    Has the £sterling dropped even further to the Euro? Sheesh.

    Premier Icon sootyandjim
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    Is Fred on here again?

    Shall we do the helicopter tango again Fred?

    Premier Icon RudeBoy
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    I like Chinooks. Quite cute and cuddly looking, for a hekelopter, aren’t they?

    (Whistles tune from ‘Airwolf)

    Premier Icon whippersnapper
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    yep, I am up near Tottenham Court Road with a good view south and a chinook or two come over a couple of times a month at least. 3 at a time quite rare though.

    Premier Icon RudeBoy
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    That’s what I thought. Quite often get just the one, sometimes 2, but 3 is unprecedented! Triple treat for RudeBoy! 😀

    Premier Icon CaptainFlashheart
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    Now, if we’re talking hekelopters, we need to mention the ugly beasts that one sees so often around Salisbury Plain. If ever a machine was deigned to be menacing, this is it;

    Then again, the Mi-24 was a pretty hardcore piece of kit, too;

    Premier Icon GTDave
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    I have also seen unmarked Apache Longbow’s & Super Stallions flying the same path.

    Premier Icon curtisthecat
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    we used to get loads of helicopters flying over our nursery in Acton Town. I think they were mostly coming from RAF Northolt. Made a bloody great racket, especialy when the chinooks came over.

    Premier Icon RudeBoy
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    HIND-D!!!!

    One of my favouritest hekelopters of all time!!!!!!!!

    Oh, thank you, Cap’n Flashy!!!

    Premier Icon crazy-legs
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    Hinds are horrible, they’re ugly humpbacked things.
    Although I suppose a Chinook will never win any beauty contests either…

    Premier Icon mrmichaelwright
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    you can’t beat a good old Sea King for impressive power

    i love those whirlybirds

    small ones are far more fun to fly in though

    Premier Icon CaptainFlashheart
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    How about we kick it old school one time?

    Wessex

    This might even be Humphrey, not too sure.

    Premier Icon sootyandjim
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    CFH – I’ll raise you your Wessex with a Wessex being RTR refuelled by me in Dungannon.

    Premier Icon mrmichaelwright
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    those blankets look a bit messy jim

    Premier Icon sootyandjim
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    Of course they look messy. Have you ever tried stuffing one into a Wessex fuel tank?

    Premier Icon polarisandy
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    oh go on then, seems as though i’m in the company of fellow helo lovers.

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=4eHyLS5B3s8
    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=dab_hhoG-LY
    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=oM2YqJDmvSk

    Premier Icon mrmichaelwright
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    i thought that’s what tea bagging was?

    Premier Icon RudeBoy
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    Ah, Westland. Wonder what happened to them? Flashy?

    Premier Icon Muke
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    For improved pilot survivability the Ka-50 is fitted with a NPP Zvezda K-37-800 ejection seat, which is a rare feature for a helicopter. Before the rocket in the ejection seat kicks in, rotor blades are blown away by explosive charges in the rotor disc and the canopy is similarly jettisoned.

    Premier Icon mrmichaelwright
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    don’t some helicopters have sideways firing seats as well?

    Premier Icon Teetosugars
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    That Wessex is still on a Farm down at North Arm, Falkland Islands..

    The old boy dragged it there with his tractor after the lads trip down south had finished..

    Premier Icon Sonor
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    Saw those three chinooks out near Knaphill(Woking)this afternoon, Heading back to base I presume.

    Premier Icon meeeee
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    i always thought this ‘rescue’ was impressive 🙂

    chinook + seaking

    Premier Icon rowemasters
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    http://www.bondoffshorehelicopters.com/

    It beats getting the train to work! I love the heli, ‘spesh when the weather is bad. I think it’s an adrenaline thing.

    Premier Icon UncleFred
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    I’m in an SAR organisation and we sometimes train with the Navy. Being on 29foot RIB with a Merlin hovering 30 feet above you is fun. They kick out a bit of downdraft!

    Premier Icon mrmichaelwright
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    similarly with mountaiin rescue exercises, real buzz

    Premier Icon psychle
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    This is a nice display chopper, was at RIAT in 2006 doing some tricky manoeuvres (for a helicopter anyway)

    Premier Icon crazy-legs
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    similarly with mountaiin rescue exercises, real buzz

    Yeah, watching the Sea King land at the top of Castle Crag descent to pick up my broken mate was a good one. Mountain Rescue said they always liked to use the whole rescue package of flares and watching big yellow helicopters land in impossible spaces.

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