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

Old 7th Jun 2013, 08:31
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Odd subject and tone for a first post?

Cabe's 'perspective' sounds more informed and less emotional than geebee50's.

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Old 7th Jun 2013, 09:38
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Besides, none of us carried Janes, it was too bulky.

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Old 7th Jun 2013, 17:32
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Puts me in mind of a very well known Jungly pilot who knocked the radio airiel of the wing - yes the fender for you SASless - in front of the windscreen of a moving car crossing Goonhilly Downs with the main wheel of a Wessex5. The doctor driving the car just rang Culdrose and asked if the chaps would perhaps fly a couple of feet higher in future, and no further action was taken....................happy days indeed
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Old 7th Jun 2013, 18:13
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There was only a skid mark on the raydome
I'll wager a few other skid marks were found.....
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Old 7th Jun 2013, 20:44
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GB 50,

I can only assume that you are unaware that one of the people you are poking fun at passed away in tragic circumstances a couple of years ago and your post could be considered in bad taste.

For the record, there was only one pilot, it was the flight and not the Squadron which disbanded and the whole exercise was pre briefed and agreed with the ship(including the flour bombs!)

The incident was a result of a visual illusion created by the conditions on the day and when the pilot repeated the profile in a simulator he hit the (simulated) ship again I believe. The whole crew returned to flying after the incident and continued for some time in the SAR world but are all now retired.
The 'hats off' interview with AOC 18 Gp was apparently much worse than the 'hats on'.
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Old 8th Jun 2013, 07:55
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The incident was a result of a visual illusion created by the conditions on the day and when the pilot repeated the profile in a simulator he hit the (simulated) ship again I believe.
A simulator for a Wessex..................?

Now that is something I would like to have seen.............


I can only assume that you are unaware that one of the people you are poking fun at passed away in tragic circumstances a couple of years ago and your post could be considered in bad taste.
Lighten up Myra - this is all good fun and I am sure whoever you are mentioning would have found this all good fun also.
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Old 2nd Jul 2013, 20:23
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RE HMS GLASGOW AND HELICOPTER

I am saddened by that news as I respect all pilots and god rest his soul, but at least the flight was not forgotten, and it was a particularly special flight considering the potential margins of error. The radome damage on the other hand was not underestimated as it had to be removed from the ship in scotland and taken by escort with it being so big to Stevenage to have a halfords repair kit job done on it and then put into store. The cost of that alone amounted to £80.000 which the MOD was none to impressed about. I also had to attend a brittish aerospace head honcho meeting where they were all very reluctant to become involved about the repair cost until it was pointed out that this event was not going to go away. On the other hand the tail wheel cost a couple of hours to sort, but the original wheel is somewhere in the evidence chain along with the skid marked radome section both of which I caried around for some weeks during the inquistion. I still find it humerous to this day and it just epitomes the spirit of aviation
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Old 2nd Jul 2013, 20:59
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RE WESSEX AND HMS GLASGOW

Myra

My apologies if it looked like I was making fun, that was not the intention, I repect all pilots and know that they were both well meaning on that day, however a SAR helicopter is not profiled or authorised to conduct low level under the radar attacks on ships. This post is not about making fun or remembering pilots gone to the sky yard, but it is about pilots doing things from which we all learn.
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There you are; buy your own. Get hold of a couple of engines and a coupling gearbox and you're on your way.

XT469 WESSEX HU.5 HELICOPTER | eBay

Started off life carrying Marines; how it got a Royal Air Finish is unknown.

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Looks like it is nothing more than an expensive shed now, shame to see an old girl in such a state
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Old 8th Aug 2013, 11:24
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I loved the wezzies...

I did my basic tech training on them at HMS Daedalus (now gone to the Sky-yard too)...

i loved the way the instructors used to tell the baby wafoos about chrome the 'intercom system' (piss pipe) to speak to the Pilot lol.....

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Old 21st Nov 2013, 13:53
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XT469

Anyone fly this one?

XT469 WESSEX HU.5 HELICOPTER GOOD FOR ADVERTISING OR GARDEN ORNAMENT PLAYGROUND | eBay
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Old 21st Nov 2013, 19:33
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So having failed to sell it in August for£10,500 he is now trying to sell it for £2000 more!
How does that work?
True value....not more than £4000 tops?
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Old 22nd Nov 2013, 10:52
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Maybe it's all part of a ploy?

Eventually list it at £5000 and make it look like a good deal!
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Old 24th Nov 2013, 12:39
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NI SAR

A short video of a Wessex from RAF Aldergrove doing its stuff

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Roller ball roller roller ball?
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Old 4th Dec 2013, 18:53
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I only flew the Wessex for three years but loved every moment. I flew it after 5 years on the Puma and people used to ask me which I preferred. My re[ly used to be the Puma was easy to fly but difficult to operate whereas the Wessex was hard to fly accurately but easy to operate.

Regarding an early post about Warrenpoint I think this is one of the photos in 72Sqn book. It was taken by a professional photographer who was nearly shot by a para who thought he should be helping and these were the last photos he took. I promise you there is a Wessex in there that flew away to Bessbrook with casualties onboard.

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Queen of the skies

Best time of my service career
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See my post No 41 of the bomb going off - you can just about see the outline of a Wessex in the smoke and dust.

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