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RAF Chinook 40 Years

Old 25th Nov 2020, 11:06
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Originally Posted by RAFEngO74to09 View Post
Article on "BN" - sole survivor of the 1982 Falklands conflict and its exploits since - including its pilots being awarded 4 x DFCs.

The Amazing Tale Of Bravo November, The British Chinook Helicopter That Refused To Die (thedrive.com)
There are other, more workaday, reasons to praise BN too. That airframe was the initial development and trials platform for the FADEC engine controls as a Mk1 (not without incident!), and I believe was then the first Mk2 conversion and supported the technical recovery after the tragedy on the Mull of Kintyre - so a legacy that flowed into the entire fleet.

The information board when the aircraft finally makes it into well-deserved museum retirement will be rather large, if there's any justice!

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Old 25th Nov 2020, 11:51
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Originally Posted by 4mastacker View Post
Mrs 4ma was doing her PA to the Station Commander stuff when she took a call from Boscombe Down asking her to kindly inform the Station Commander that one of the new Chinooks had inadvertently dropped an underslung load from the centre hook during lifting trials and would he be so kind as to return the call.

Heard about the very nice tool kits but I don't recall them even getting as far as Supply Sqn. Can't have been us anyway, as our resident tea-leaf had already been sent down for three and a half years a few months earlier. There were no dodgy practices and everything was squeaky clean and legit such was the impact of the earlier goings-on.
I remember that incident with the Stores hasp and clasp.. As for Chinook loads, I think we had a Humber pig / Saracen or similar to use as an underslung load and because the Chinook having not being cleared to lift the weight of it we were tasked to saw lumps off it to bring it into the lifting capability at the time... After a lot of sweat, blood and tears it was Armour plating one... box of hacksaw blades zero and that idea was binned.

So many good people gone sigh.... Arthur ( 1/2R ) Mitchell, Chris Taylor.... remembered at this anniversary.
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