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Old 31st Jan 2010, 18:13
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25 Years Later

These are 230 1979
Good ones M_2. Any more?? 5th April 2006 and a slightly different angle on the first view, taken from XW198 going off up the tube. Isn't that third one with the sarrycans 753? Looks very different today.


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Couple of XMG



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Oh that white church !

Further to Tiger Mate's comment, does anyone know of a link to the famous XMG heli shoot vid taken by a French (?) TV crew lured to the village for an interview and treated to an 'exclusive' by PIRA. It's rather a long time since I last saw it, however believe that some of that was taken from the church or the parochial house next door.

And while I think of it, does anyone have access to a copy of the vid of the Lynx being brought down near the three lakes ? I noticed that a couple of seconds of it are included in D****'s vid; but recall that there was a PIRA director's cut, which was much longer and showed the locals ape-ing a foot patrol etc.

As I mentioned before, superb thread, hope it keeps growing.

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Answered my own question.

YouTube - IRA shoot down British Helicopter - 1988

Does anyone remember Capt ******* ***** (practising for his ATPLH/IR) providing hugely valuable top cover in Lx5 whilst VMC on top !
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Two More

Couple of XMG
Views from diagonally opposite corners of the HLS in very contrasting weather conditions, looking south-east as XW211 lands on.......



while
in the second shot ZA940 arrives over the north fence.



7th July 2005 and 28th March 2006 respectively. Much changed from those 1979 views. Today, little remains of these structures and the HLS is gone.
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miles offtarget, I do feel you're being a little unfair on H-S, afterall, he was precisely where he'd been told to be. The downing of the Lynx was entirely predictable given the inclination of the victim.
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The 1988 shootdown was long before the days of topcover.

Frankly, the further H-S was from any action, the safer everybody felt!
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Sorry, just a misleading stream of consciousness on my part, I certainly wasn't suggesting that the downed Lx was a result of that previously mentioned pilot.

The comment was precipitated by once carrying out an entire block of tasking, returning to BBK and landing on, only to find that he was topping up his suntan by flying a perfect (three times the drift on the outbound leg) hold on top of the usual claggy 8/8ths .... above the first serial's pick up grid !

Happy times indeed.

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Change of Tack

This reminds me of ambling back from JK's to the Mess..... http://www.wagenschenke.ch/HomeRun.swf
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LOL! great bit of fun. For some reason I did better after having a couple of beers. 59metres
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Just tried to post a picture of the 'sniper at work' sign, but technically too difficult. But you know what I mean, didn't we have one in the 230 crewroom.


At the Silverbridge junction, I think.
 
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That'd be the sniper from Silverbridge who was covered in his own ordure when lifted in a beaut set-up. Didn't stay long in chokey after peace broke out, ISTR.
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Wessex Hu5 in bessbrook

Has anyone got any stories or photos of when 845 NAS had there Wessex's in Bessbrook in late seventies or early Eighties?
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No photos but there was the one about the 845 cab lifting from BBK (in the middle of a major troop move) with the refueller still attached and pouring fuel in! Game lad - he clung on for grim death whilst all the other cabs shouted 'stop' on the RT. As we were sitting running right behind we didn't actually hear the refueller's words when the crewman finally opened the door to look out, but the actions were fairly explicit.
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cannons

thats a compliment. I taught R**k*e B***er to make them
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845 arrival

845 CO leading the 4 cabs in to helidet, gets reception committe of shining airmen, OC helidet, Station commander, photographers and lots more. landed on to be put in a rowing boat and pulled up the pan to awaiting dignitaries. appearing from stage left, 2 airmen on a pushbike, one on the handle bars wearing a blue and white polka dot dress with a tape recorder belting out "Raindrops keep falling on my head" Rode through the middle of reception and dissapeared into the distance. Wingco carried on as if nothing happened. very puzzled looking navy people. Welcome carried on into the night untill all navy bods rendered useless by cheese and wine party. Navy personell complaining next day of pooping raw undigested gorganzola, Easily explained as it wasn't administered by themselves through the orifice that chews. Possibly some other method whilst they were comatose. Welcome to Helidet. (first hand gen, i was there)
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Bearing in mind the end to the story...........!!!!!!!!!!
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