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

Old 22nd Mar 2013, 07:57
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Bast0n: Your wit and your photographs are, as always, immensely enjoyable!

Dave B: Many thanks for your feedback.
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Old 14th Apr 2013, 07:49
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.. "Always Threatening"


Royal Navy Westland Wessex HU5 XS480 of 846 Sqn receives a wash at RNAS Culdrose on 9th January 1969 (Photo: Ian Macdonald)


Royal Navy Westland Wessex HU5 XT760 of 846 Sqn during a joint forces cold weather airlift exercise on 1st February 1981

846 .. what a threatening bunch they are!
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Old 30th Apr 2013, 09:53
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Looking back on the Farnborough dits from Nigel and Bast0n, I'm not sure if I posted this from the Farnborough programme in 1968:

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BAC Reunion 2013



If anyone is interested, the Bulwark, Albion and Centaur Reunion 2013 is taking place at Royal beach Hotel, Southsea over the weekend 10th - 12th May 2013.

More info from Members Area - Bulwark, Albion and Centaur Association
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Angel Wessex - Bario - Sarawak 1966

As a former pongo I'm almost embarrassed to invade this thread but here go's! Snaps taken when 848 had a sick 'Sprout' on it's patch and ambi was detailed to help glue it together again.










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Old 15th May 2013, 17:55
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I'm surprised the POs hadn't flogged it.
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Old 16th May 2013, 10:28
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Good to see those photos of the Wessex MkV from 848 Squadron off Albion in 1965/66. This was before the horrible droop nose was fitted. The Sprout is a series 10 RAF Whirlwind after one of their heavy landings.

Come to think of it both BastOn & I must have flown those Wessex!
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Old 16th May 2013, 10:49
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Recent pics of some Wessex 5 parts, in cold storage.

(from either YA or YF, not sure which.)





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Old 16th May 2013, 18:47
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My photobucket seems to have gone tits up. Anyone have an alternative?
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Ciao Bast0n

Both of these are fairly good photo-hosting sites:

Picasa

Flickr
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Old 17th May 2013, 07:44
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Grubbers nightmare

I hated fitting those elephants feet.

Very nice photos though, 30 years and still standing (just)

Respect to the wessex.
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Old 17th May 2013, 08:47
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Savoia - thanks for that. This is my first go with Picasa. Rather a fun shot showing loadlifting before the dreaded 8 foot strop that slowed everything down..................go and look out some Bario shots now.



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Old 17th May 2013, 08:51
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Smile

They never did rebuild that Whirlwind 10 above,which crashed due to engine failure on approach to the landing pad in September 1964. It had only done about 500 hrs TT too!
Shame about the South Georgia Wessex bits. That nose door would look good hanging up in the Helicopter Museum.
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Old 17th May 2013, 16:01
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Angel Wessex Khasab peninsula Oman 1970

Any veteran ppruners present in the Khasab peninsula late 1970? Combined air/sea assault including SAS & SOAF on what was said to be an operation to flush out Chinese trained guerrillas? Defence Minister at the time was reported as saying that the operation never occurred, funny that!






And the Mothership begat a Sprout, both reported to be well.





SOAF Seeb airport Oman 1970


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Old 19th May 2013, 09:37
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If you look carefully - after a little while you will notice a Wessex in the background!

These are the Poonans, a super friendly helpful wandering tribe.


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31 years ago today we lost some fine men and ships. My handful of Wessex 5s also sank but good old Bravo November did not, and still is I believe doing a wonderful job.

Raise a glass tonight to all those who did not come back.


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WESSEX V HMS GLASGOW COMEDY FLIGHT

Around 1993 I was tasked to investigate from a police perspective and after a Unit Inquiry the incident of a Wessex striking a type 42 destroyer HMS Glasgow. I travelled to Leuchars more or less on the same week the Sqn was being disbanded to start inquiries and managed to secure some docs and thereafter chased the ship around various ports to get witness statements.

Does anyone recall this incident? I do and you could not make it up. From the pilots not knowing what a destroyer looked like other than Janes Defence Manual to the winchman throwing flour bombs onto the bridge whilst the aircraft was about to strike the ship completely, resulting in one very damaged front radome on the ship and a bent tailwheel on the Wessex.

I will not mention the pilots names but they could have been character names in Trumpton. I investigated many other mid air and ground incidents each with its own unique story and with some sad endings. This post does not aim to suggest any wrong doings as these issues are already in the public domain or not.
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Old 6th Jun 2013, 09:18
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So was it Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, or Grubb?
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Trump could be one, but as I intimated, could have been characters in Trumpton.
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GeeBee, I think that your post was a little over the top as far as damage was concerned. There was only a skid mark on the raydome and damage was not discovered until the ship tried to pressurise for an NBC exercise. The crew (or the Wheels) did not know until the ship sent a signal warning that there may have been an impact.
No argument over your other points though. Just for the record, I was not that man, but I did have a giggle.

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