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woops - Tricycle Chinook

Old 1st May 2005, 15:31
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woops - Tricycle Chinook

What happened at Abingdon Chinook chappies?

Looked like a benign landing (1502L) followed by a departure to Odiham with three wheels, having lost back right somewhere!

Was Odiham the nearest suitable landing site from Abingdon?

Seriously though, good display until then and it did not appear to be a "heavy" landing.
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Old 1st May 2005, 16:35
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Yes TM Odiham would have been the most suitable aerodrome. The ac cannot land and shutdown without the wheel. There is an SOP at Odiham to deal with such eventualities and all the kit is readily available, so it is the best diversion.
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Old 1st May 2005, 19:21
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Yup, thought I was seeing things for a second or two. Am just downloading over 300 pics to the PC and may have something there. Far more important to know that crew and aircraft are safe. If the guys pick up this thread, thank you for a truly superb display.
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Old 1st May 2005, 19:45
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all the kit is readily available
you mean a big block of wood?
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Old 1st May 2005, 19:50
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I have one picture available - if anybody can either host it, or wants to have the original, please PM me and tell me who you are. Time now 1949L and will be here until 2015L

Otherwise a lovely show. Well done to the organisers.

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Old 1st May 2005, 23:51
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We took some photos too. The earlier ones with 4 wheels...





... and the later ones with 3!





Good to hear all safe and well!

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Old 1st May 2005, 23:57
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Which jobsworth decreed that a hi-vis jacket was required in the back?

Seriously though, good to hear that it all turned out OK.
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Old 2nd May 2005, 01:03
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3 wheels on my Wokka, an' I'm still rollin' along.......
OC JHC is after me,
Flamin' spears burn my ears,
But I'm singing a happy song....

Well someone had to say it.....

Saw this happen to a Helikopter Service 432, at Forus Heliport, Stavanger, about twenty years ago.

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Old 2nd May 2005, 01:30
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Typical crewman!
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Old 2nd May 2005, 01:48
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Not wishing to spread a rumour or disparage anyone, but I sincerely hope the swivel locks were 'locked' ......
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Old 2nd May 2005, 01:55
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I'm sure we'll find out, one way or t'other, in the fullness of time!
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Old 2nd May 2005, 08:06
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Hi-viz jacket was a new touch for the display season, not H&S gone made, unlike the Merlin display you could actually see the loadie on the ramp!
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Old 2nd May 2005, 09:43
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The only "steerable" wheel on a Chinook is the RH rear and this puts it under quite a lot of strain when turning - and to taxy with due consideration, I remember being well aware of this during ground ops. I also seem to remember that we were told that the rear u/c legs were a weak point in an otherwise incredibly tough aircraft. I was told in my conversion (to a BV234 which is identical in most respects) that this wheel had a history of falling off occasionally and I think (I cant find my old checklist right now) that we had a procedure in there to deal with it - like Don't land until there's a cushion of tyres or similar.

Hardly a big dealthough, is it?
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Old 2nd May 2005, 11:19
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the moment of truth

Ooops
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Old 2nd May 2005, 13:40
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Talking

Didn't realise crime happened in places such as Abingdon.

2 seconds on the ground and some bugger is off with a wheel......
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Old 2nd May 2005, 15:17
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Same thing happened to me!

Well, well, well!

Same thing happened to me... same wheel, too! And I was on the ground!

Was doing a torque differential check as part of a maintenance test flight. 60% torque on one engine and it will usually lift the forward gear off the ground... and that's the configuration and attitude we were in. Wind was a direct headwind of about 15 knots which was pushing against the belly of the aircraft which was bearing the force of that 15 knots.

Suddenly, there was an odd sound and the aircraft lurched. The aft right gear collapsed and we had to hover taxi back to the apron where our maintenance personnel had a jack ready and a stack of tyres (tires for our American friends).

After some ginger hovering/resting on the tyres, the jack was put in place on the jacking point and the weight taken.

Then a normal shutdown... and then the abnormal paperwork.

The cause? Not quite sure. Could have been a failure of the swivel locks (or a failure to put them on by the other pilot) or fatigue of the strut. It's interesting to see other Chinook drivers experience the same problem or witness it.

The aircraft was flying again the next day.

Overall, no big deal. The 'Chook' is a great aircraft to fly!

If you're interested in aviation art (including Chinook pictures), check out my website at www.ipas.com.au

Cheers and safe flying.
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Old 2nd May 2005, 18:33
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Here are Conan's pictures of the rotary Reliant Robin, sorry Chinook




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Old 2nd May 2005, 21:19
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Glad to hear everbody got home safe and well!







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Old 3rd May 2005, 00:18
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RJ,
Why would the crowd wish to see someone SAT, legs dangling in the wind and looking like a "lime green dosser" .....not very proffesional looking and no doubt his display season is about to finish

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Old 3rd May 2005, 08:06
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I was stood next to an 18 Sqn pilot who was talking a 28 Sqn pilot through their display (until the wheel fell off) and it seems the hi-viz has gone down well...
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