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Old 19th Dec 2007, 15:50
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I found a reference in Derek N James book Westland Aircraft since 1915 regarding the Whirlwind HAS.3 that some of the HAR.3s were equipped with US Asdic 194 (AQS-4) licence-built by R B Pullin and Co. Could the boom be connected with that?
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Old 19th Dec 2007, 16:23
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Were these aircraft involved in Operation Grapple, collecting air samples? Derek James states " four Mk 3s also participated in Operation Grapple"
Operation Grapple, and operations Grapple X, Grapple Y and Grapple Z, were series of British nuclear testing operations which sought to test a hydrogen bomb. The operations were conducted from 1956 to 1958 at Malden Island and Christmas Island (now Kiritimati). A total of 9 nuclear detonations took place during the trials and resulted in Britain becoming a thermonuclear power.
Although your last hint would possibly indicate chemical spraying.
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Old 19th Dec 2007, 16:28
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Experimental mine sweeping gear?
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Thank you, Speechless Two. Open House, Sir.
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Old 19th Dec 2007, 16:55
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Lt Cdr John Sproule RN

Speechless Two.
I understand that the early marks of Whirlwind were provided with a pilot-operated power winch similar to that fitted in the Dragonfly. The boom however,was much too low and had to be traversed to get the casualty into the cabin. It is reported that Lt Cdr Sproule RN designed a raised boom so that the man hoisted was suspended much higher and could be swung easily into the cabin without moving the boom.
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Old 20th Dec 2007, 16:19
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Any Idea 3?

Speechless Two. What a sad way to go!
Here is a nice easy one.
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That is the one
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Old 24th Jan 2008, 14:10
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I am sure this will not last long.

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Upkeep Wellington?
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Old 24th Jan 2008, 15:29
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Would that be a winch and spindle... Some form of early snatch recovery equipment perhaps?
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Fitter2 - Not a Wellington
Stevef - Not a winch, as such, and no it is not a form of snatch equipment.
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Inflight refuel?
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Old 24th Jan 2008, 18:21
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early glider tug?
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Old 24th Jan 2008, 22:37
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proteus6 is on the right lines, i.e. Inflight refuel any idea what the aircraft is?
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Old 25th Jan 2008, 05:12
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Armstrong Whitworth AW23?
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Old 25th Jan 2008, 07:41
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I've found a picture in "Wings over Dorset" showing early tests of in flight refueling with various tanker aircraft. One picture shows an AW23 "feeding a line down to a Bristol Bombay while flying over Littlehampton"
The configuration of the AW23 seems to match Mel's picture.
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Stevef and Flap40.
That is the one the Armstrong Whitworth AW 23.
Sir Alan Cobham pioneered research on the probe and drogue method, and gave public demonstrations of the system. In 1934, he founded Flight Refuelling Ltd. (FRL), and by 1938 had used an automatic system to refuel aircraft as large as the Short Empire flying boat Cambria from an Armstrong Whitworth AW.23.
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Old 30th Jan 2008, 19:10
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Any Idea 3?

circa 1933
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Old 30th Jan 2008, 19:52
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Hi Evansb - er a Ryan M1 attempting an early STOL exercise or rehearsing for the hop to PPW??


Edit: rehearsal for first shoot of "Ocean's 6" with the Capone gang in hot pursuit...or "Catch me if you can"

Edit: sorry about the thread drift/frivolity - mods please delete if you want, it's been a very hard week. Still think it's a Ryan though...

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Old 30th Jan 2008, 20:22
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Fivolity okay by me. Please.. no jokes about an inclined plane.
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