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

Old 14th Jul 2012, 12:11
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Igor got it very right with that design....and with the two very nice Gnomes in her....the Wessex she was really a good one! The 58T with the Pratt and Whitney PT-6-6's made for a very good ride as well.
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Old 15th Jul 2012, 08:26
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140 degrees in a Puma? That'll be Yaw-Roll Divergence then!
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Old 15th Jul 2012, 08:47
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Last time I did not achieve 140 degrees of bank in a WessexI had to change my laundry. I would love to see a photo of it being done..............

Oh - I have found one of me doing it after all.......................




PS - a lot of you forgot my significant birthday - but presents still welcome!

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Old 15th Jul 2012, 11:37
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Bast0n, a great shot - as always.

Many happy returns.

Will raise a glass in your honour over lunch!
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Old 15th Jul 2012, 12:06
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A few hours of training after the photo was taken....and Bas finally got the grip on hovering.

This video has been posted before....but it does add to the discussion about how the old Girls could dance in the right hands.


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Old 15th Jul 2012, 21:28
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He could teach Mike Lloyd a thing or two about wing overs!
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Old 16th Jul 2012, 12:56
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Hey Sheff - inverted in Walter - never - impossible - photos stay in the attic !
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Old 16th Jul 2012, 17:43
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A dear fellow working at Bristow/Teeside late 70's had a bit of "Unusaul Attitude" recovery practice one night departing a pumping station homeward bound from the Ekofisk. Seems the cabin attendant walked on the overhead for a bit. The aircraft had a major rebuild after severe damage was found to the swash plate knuckles that almost resulted in the loss of the p/c links.

They are tough birds!
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Old 16th Jul 2012, 18:06
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My knuckles used to get damaged in the Teeside Flying Club as well.
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Old 16th Jul 2012, 23:12
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SAS

Wasn't that a S58T?

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Old 16th Jul 2012, 23:44
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Originally Posted by TipCap
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Wasn't that a S58T?

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SAS couldn't be trusted with the Wessex, but continues to live in hope

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Old 17th Jul 2012, 08:56
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Mrs C16 recently gave me a birthday present of this carved wooden model of my favourite mount from 1965. It's totally handpainted - no decals - and the fuselage is 15 inches long. Just superb and it brings back many happy memories.

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Old 17th Jul 2012, 09:00
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The Teeside incident was indeed an S58ET and I seem to remember that the unusual attitude was attributed to jack icing. The 58 on the Teeside contract was a bit different because Lawrence B had got his payload sums wrong and part of the resultant aircraft lightening programme was the removal of the bifilars. The 58T was normally smoother than the Wessex, but was much rougher after they were removed.
I'm getting a bit more ancient now and can't remember the name of the pilot, although I can remember his face clearly - a former crab Squadron Leader I seem to remember
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Old 17th Jul 2012, 09:05
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They looked so much better all yellow
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Old 17th Jul 2012, 09:24
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Here's one for Crab - a Wessex is beautiful in any colours!

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Old 17th Jul 2012, 11:19
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The fellow at Teeside was Rip Pearson as I recall.....who always seemed to have the last flight of the day.

Yes....the genius of Lawrence!

I can recall cheating on the sums and being able to offer two passengers. If we had done it the same way the GOM operators did it...we would have loaded up all the seats and gone full fuel....with the limiting factor being the ability to get the aircraft airborne with no consideration of maintaining flight on one engine.

Um is right.....I would have loved to have flown the Wessex but it was not to be.
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Old 17th Jul 2012, 21:17
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Originally Posted by Savoia
Westland Wessex HU5 XT772 'Green Parrot' of 781 Naval Air Squadron (for another [better] image of this craft see page 9) departing Battersea Heliport in 1978 (Photo: Anton Heumann)
Nice to see the RN Ensign on the nose.
Originally posted last october here at post no228 --> http://www.pprune.org/6752024-post228.html

Wasn't she known as "The Admirals Barge"? That particular old dear (don't ask how I remember the tail number, some just seem to stick in the mind for some odd reason) ended up nailed 20 feet up on the inside wall of the SARTU/22 Sqn hangar at RAF Valley as a winching/procedural training aid in '84/'85-ish. The lecky system was re-hashed to roughly correlate with the maintenance manuals. Hyds were provided for the winch from a noisy old Mk2 hyd rig. I'm led to believe that she's no longer there... but even now I still use a small lamp, that I pinched from her, as a makeshift voltage tester
Fantastic thread Gents.

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Old 17th Jul 2012, 22:53
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Originally Posted by Walrus75
.........ended up nailed 20 feet up on the inside wall of the SARTU/22 Sqn hangar at RAF Valley as a winching/procedural training aid in '84/'85-ish.
ukserials.com website agrees with you - it went to Valley on 24/2/84 and if you click on the reg on that site there is a photo of it hanging on the wall!
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Old 18th Jul 2012, 15:15
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Cheers C16, Oh my, that photo brings back some interesting memories

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Old 18th Jul 2012, 16:44
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Walrus - Admiral's Barge was more often used for the fixed wing.
The Heron at Yeovilton was FONAC's (Flag Officer Naval Air Command) Barge.
The Wessex Vs were the Green Parrots. They even had a slot by the cabin door for the appropriate metal flag plate denoting the Flag Rank of the passenger to be dropped into.
Woe betide you if you made a mistake with the number of Balls the Admiral merited!
Sad to see the ultimate fate of XT 772 but I guess if you give something to the Crabs to look after....
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