3 Chinooks over London now
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?Posted 12 years ago
“Wonder why that is?”
you can tell when you’re going off course quite easily.Posted 12 years ago
I think the thames was always used as a navigational aid for helicopters. It makes sense really. Nice and visible for VFR flight.Posted 12 years ago
William and Harry coming to visit granny?Posted 12 years ago
I seem to remember something about black helicoptors swarming down the Thames a while back. Might bbe the same people. Run for it!Posted 12 years ago
Ah good, my transport has arrived. Was wondering where they were.Posted 12 years ago
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…Posted 12 years ago
That will be the Lord Tharg from Onsillon coming to meet with Prime Minister Brown (note the silly preceeding title of Brown)Posted 12 years ago
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…Posted 12 years ago
RudeBoy, they’re handy for the boats as well;
Want one…Posted 12 years ago
T’is a regular run, they do it at least once a week.Posted 12 years ago
T’is a regular run, they do it at least once a week.
Has the £sterling dropped even further to the Euro? Sheesh.Posted 12 years ago
Is Fred on here again?
Shall we do the helicopter tango again Fred?Posted 12 years ago
I like Chinooks. Quite cute and cuddly looking, for a hekelopter, aren’t they?
(Whistles tune from ‘Airwolf)Posted 12 years ago
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.Posted 12 years ago
That’s what I thought. Quite often get just the one, sometimes 2, but 3 is unprecedented! Triple treat for RudeBoy! 😀Posted 12 years ago
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;Posted 12 years ago
I have also seen unmarked Apache Longbow’s & Super Stallions flying the same path.Posted 12 years ago
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.Posted 12 years ago
One of my favouritest hekelopters of all time!!!!!!!!
Oh, thank you, Cap’n Flashy!!!
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Hinds are horrible, they’re ugly humpbacked things.Posted 12 years ago
Although I suppose a Chinook will never win any beauty contests either…
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 thoughPosted 12 years ago
How about we kick it old school one time?
This might even be Humphrey, not too sure.Posted 12 years ago
CFH – I’ll raise you your Wessex with a Wessex being RTR refuelled by me in Dungannon.
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those blankets look a bit messy jimPosted 12 years ago
Of course they look messy. Have you ever tried stuffing one into a Wessex fuel tank?Posted 12 years ago
i thought that’s what tea bagging was?Posted 12 years ago
Ah, Westland. Wonder what happened to them? Flashy?Posted 12 years ago
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.Posted 12 years ago
don’t some helicopters have sideways firing seats as well?Posted 12 years ago
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..Posted 12 years ago
Saw those three chinooks out near Knaphill(Woking)this afternoon, Heading back to base I presume.Posted 12 years ago
i always thought this ‘rescue’ was impressive 🙂
It beats getting the train to work! I love the heli, ‘spesh when the weather is bad. I think it’s an adrenaline thing.Posted 12 years ago
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!Posted 12 years ago
similarly with mountaiin rescue exercises, real buzzPosted 12 years ago
This is a nice display chopper, was at RIAT in 2006 doing some tricky manoeuvres (for a helicopter anyway)
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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.Posted 12 years ago
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