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Old 9th Jul 2019, 20:11
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Lynx Wildcat

A number of years ago I spent a few months at Westlands on the Wildcat project, around the time of the first flight.

Just curious, how did it work out in service?
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Old 10th Jul 2019, 17:01
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A little more info in this document but it is not from the "leading edge".

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Old 11th Jul 2019, 08:36
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I used to fly with one of its test pilots. His view was that it would be an excellent naval machine, but it’ll never be a Blackhawk on the battlefield, which is what he believed we should have bought all along.
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Old 11th Jul 2019, 09:42
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I haven't heard anything positive.... It could be people being mean for the sake of it though
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Old 11th Jul 2019, 09:58
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I used to fly with one of its test pilots. His view was that it would be an excellent naval machine, but it’ll never be a Blackhawk on the battlefield, which is what he believed we should have bought all along.
How does the saying go? Something like, "The best anti-submarine warfare helicopter the British Army has ever operated." Damning praise indeed.
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tonker,

The Wildcat was never meant to carry out the role of the Blackhawk, and it is used by the AAC in a completely different role, so the comparison is meaningless. It is the RAF and not the AAC who provide the Army with its troop lift.
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Originally Posted by Mil-26Man View Post
How does the saying go? Something like, "The best anti-submarine warfare helicopter the British Army has ever operated." Damning praise indeed.
Good when it worked, and when it broke down in the field there was enough room in the back for a camp-bed.
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A little more info in this document but it is not from the "leading edge".

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Article rather spoilt by the inclusion of a photo of an RAF Whirlwind helicopter with no caption and as for servicing by REME; is that the same REME who once managed to mount the rotor blades upside down on a Sioux belonging to 664 Sqdn?
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Old 11th Jul 2019, 14:36
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Ahem.... didn't a certain squadron fit some puma tail rotor blades the wrong way round?
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Old 11th Jul 2019, 16:28
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Originally Posted by Mil-26Man View Post
How does the saying go? Something like, "The best anti-submarine warfare helicopter the British Army has ever operated." Damning praise indeed.
Which ironicaly started life to meet a British Army requirement
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Old 12th Jul 2019, 09:50
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Who's the idiot that designs blades that can be fitted the wrong way round?
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Old 12th Jul 2019, 15:23
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Re the Whirlwind photo - my first task on 84 Sqn in 1976; troop drills with the Swedish Contingent of UNFICYP on Larnaca salt lake. How on earth has THAT photo surfaced from the depths?

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Old 12th Jul 2019, 16:26
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Originally Posted by chevvron View Post
Article rather spoilt by the inclusion of a photo of an RAF Whirlwind helicopter with no caption and as for servicing by REME; is that the same REME who once managed to mount the rotor blades upside down on a Sioux belonging to 664 Sqdn?
That's an interesting comment about a servicing error made 50 years ago by an organisation that has with few exceptions kept the Army Air Corps safe, serviceable, and successful. Using this doll, can you show the members of the jury where the REME Aircraft Technician touched you?

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That's an interesting comment about a servicing error made 50 years ago by an organisation that has with few exceptions kept the Army Air Corps safe, serviceable, and successful. Using this doll, can you show the members of the jury where the REME Aircraft Technician touched you?

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I was tower controller at Farnborough one day.
The Sioux pilot called starting for airtest, but never got further than lifting to a low hover.
He phoned a short time later to apologise for not telling me he had shut down 'because he was a bit annoyed when he found REME had fitted the rotor blades upside down'.
I had no reason to disbelieve the pilot.
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Originally Posted by chevvron View Post
I was tower controller at Farnborough one day.
The Sioux pilot called starting for airtest, but never got further than lifting to a low hover.
He phoned a short time later to apologise for not telling me he had shut down 'because he was a bit annoyed when he found REME had fitted the rotor blades upside down'.
I had no reason to disbelieve the pilot.
Because we'd never make stuff up for a giggle, would we?
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