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What is it about the Wessex that makes people so fond of it?

Old 15th Jan 2012, 15:59
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Hi Simon

I flew XT607 between March 1980 and July 1982 and apart from an exercise in Germany in Sep 1980 she spent her time in Northern Ireland with 72 Sqn.

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Old 15th Jan 2012, 16:39
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Nice SB

Worked on all those Bristow 60'S,not sure about the 55 but probally did,I was in Warri 77 for a few months, who is the 'Grunt' coming out of the bush in the 55 shot? looks like Jimmy Peebles, but he was not there at that time unless I'm mistaken,or maybe Martin Holmes, Bills young nipper!! sorry Martin.

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Old 15th Jan 2012, 17:42
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Simon

Are you sure that it is not XT670? That one ended up in a lake and I can tell you quite a bit about it.

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Old 15th Jan 2012, 20:00
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The rumble of a Wright 1820 in the S-58 -Love it, Old school in every way.
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Old 15th Jan 2012, 20:16
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Are you sure that it is not XT670?
According to UK Serial Resource Centre XT670 is in the Hermeskell Museum, Germany.
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Old 15th Jan 2012, 21:57
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Oh Bother! I meant XT760 which ended up in a lake round about November 1997.

Sorry.
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Old 15th Jan 2012, 22:08
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Bast0n - no, he's got the correct serial number. XT760 is underwater at the RN Diving School, Horsea Island, Portsmouth, having arrived there by road on 18 November 1997. It actually has the rear fuselage from XT604 which was an HC2.
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Old 16th Jan 2012, 17:35
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It turns out I have images of XT760 too...photographed that one in Horsea a few years ago...

Thanks to all with the info...PM sent...
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Old 18th Jan 2012, 10:34
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Hope you don't mind this contribution - not from a pilot's perspective, but this is what makes me fond of the Wessex:

As a small child in the 1960s I spent several happy family holidays staying at the 'Hearts Content' bungalow at Praa Sands in Cornwall. Always a cause of huge excitement and frantic waving from the whitewashed wall at the front was the sound of an approaching Wessex flying low along the beach on it's way to or from Culdrose, and the mental image sits right there amongst the happy memories of wooden surfboards and raspberry mivvies!



Pretty sure I remember Whirlwinds doing a similar thing, too.
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Old 19th Jan 2012, 09:05
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and a Mirror dinghy underneath - them were the days!
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Old 7th Feb 2012, 12:23
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You KNOW you want to !

Westland Wessex HC2 XV720 Royal Air Force Helicopter | eBay
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Old 7th Feb 2012, 16:08
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OK - 12k for XV720. So, who has the best story to tell about how they would use the aircraft such that a rich philanthropist happening on this thread will feel compelled to buy it for you?
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Old 7th Feb 2012, 19:22
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Maybe doing 4 hours of training using XV720 ( 2 instrument sorties, a general handling sortie and a night navex) on 1st JANUARY 1969 could persuade a philanthropist that I was soft in the head and needed expensive rehabilitation!

Honestly can't recall how we celebrated Hogmanay just over the border in Northumberland in those days (can anyone?), but was really gobsmacked to find out from my bog-look that we ran a flying programme so intensive that day - but then we were the 1BR Corps helicopter bulwark against the Soviet onslaught.

And then in 1973 the boss decides we all need to go formation flying on 1st January- only volunteer to come with me was a cadet pilot from the ATC, possibly he needs the philanthropist more than me......

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Old 8th Feb 2012, 13:42
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Does anybody know something about the origin of the painting of Wessex 60 G-ATCA by " A. Hindle " that I understand hung in the Bristow board room at Redhill in years gone by?
I believe the artist was a Bristow pilot ??
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Old 9th Feb 2012, 06:18
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Wessex 31B Royal Australian Navy

G'day all...I am new to the forum, but also have a keen interest in the Wessex. Don;t quit know why, but a great looking aircraft me thinks Anyhow here is a pic of RAN Wessex Mk31B at the Eden Wharf in Southern NSW in 1986(RAN Official) This aircraft was evetually destroyed at the fireground at HMAS Albatross in Nowra NSW after being struck off charge. I can remember clearly watching the Wessex at airshows at Nowra in the 70's and 80's. They were quite a fixture here in their day, constantly flying up and down the coast. A real workhorse.


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Old 9th Feb 2012, 08:51
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Is that Eden? Nice shot batman!
Welcome to the forum.

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Old 9th Feb 2012, 09:53
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No wrong Photo...this is over CrookHaven Heads!
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Old 9th Feb 2012, 09:55
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Here it is...

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Old 5th Mar 2012, 17:26
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Wondering if anyone has any cockpit photos of a Wessex 1? Particularly looking for pix of the two JPT gauges...
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Wx 1 only had one engine.......
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