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Krystal n chips
19th Dec 2006, 08:25
The Beeb did a piece on the Dead Sea a couple of nights back. Reporter comments about a "revolutionary new type" with excellent vision----but the one brief shot of the machine seemed to bear a close resemblance to the Edgley Optica-----anybody know if the design was acquired by the Jordanians at all and subsequently produced ?

Nice shot of the altimeter unwinding below zero as well----and with the aircraft still airborne---which always helps I know. :)

chuks
19th Dec 2006, 08:27
There was an article in Flight International within the last six months on that aircraft. I think it is named 'Seeker.' It looks a bit like an Optica but it's got nothing to do with that, being a completely different design.

XXTSGR
19th Dec 2006, 08:52
http://www.seabirdaviationjordan.com/

Solid Rust Twotter
19th Dec 2006, 09:08
Seeker is based on an Oz design.

ShyTorque
19th Dec 2006, 11:55
Hey Santa, want one! :cool:

G-CPTN
19th Dec 2006, 12:03
What has the new design got (or not got) that the Optica didn't/did have?
Is manufacture in Jordan cheaper than in the UK (though I believe that the Optica was 'shipped' overseas in an attempt to save it)?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgley_Optica
(And of course, it probably hasn't crashed yet . . . )
http://www.hants.gov.uk/hchs/optica.html

warloc67
19th Dec 2006, 12:32
G-CPTN

If I remember correctly it was exported to South Africa to be made in one of the then homelands, I recall seeing it at an airshow or two and think there is a wreck of one lying somewhere at Grand Central airport.

Donít know what has happened since then.

Solid Rust Twotter
19th Dec 2006, 13:19
Think that was the Armscor/CSIR experiment, Warloc. Complete waste of time as I recall.

Art E. Fischler-Reisen
19th Dec 2006, 13:32
Is it just my impression, or does the front end have a design origin in the Gazelle helicopter?

Sultan Ismail
19th Dec 2006, 13:55
African Pilot, a South African aviation magazine has a feature on the Seeker in this months edition.

G-CPTN
19th Dec 2006, 14:04
www.policeaviationnews.com/Acrobat/PANOct2005.pdf

barit1
20th Dec 2006, 03:31
Perhaps give this one a try:

http://1000aircraftphotos.com/Contributions/Brink/2214.jpg

Krystal n chips
20th Dec 2006, 17:21
My thanks for all the responses and clarifications in answer to the question :ok:

As I said, there was only a fleeting shot at the beginning of the piece and then some shots in the cockpit----hence it got me thinking and the question.