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

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

Old 23rd May 2020, 22:08
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Our rad alt had 2 scales, 0 to 500 for low level work, great for night EOLS!. 0 to 5000 to make sure you were above 3000 to be safe from small arms fire. You just pushed a button I think to change the scale. The bug was set in the usual way. A very accurate rad alt as we did EOLS without looking out, just did it on the rad alt.
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Old 23rd May 2020, 22:18
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Originally Posted by Georg1na View Post
The Famous Tina Scooter...................



1 was taken on board Albion with 848 & ended up in Labuan. We used to go to the International Hotel on the sea front to have dinner & drinks on the 7th floor restaurant. Somehow the Tina went up 7 flights of stairs & managed to leave tire marks while doing wheelies on their nice shiny parquet dance floor! The management were not amused! There were more pilots injured falling off those Tinas than in helicopter accidents!
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Old 23rd May 2020, 22:39
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No traffic lights on the Wessex HAS Mk3 very accurate Rad Alt - just an expanded scale below 200ft for A/S work.


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Old 24th May 2020, 08:31
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Do you think the traffic lights in Crabs aircraft was a sort of countdown to "Sports Afternoon"..............................?
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Old 24th May 2020, 08:40
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Democritus - that is the same rad alt as Wessex 2 so I don't know where the traffic light one came from.

Georg1na - saying we needed a countdown to a sports afternoon is like saying the Navy need a countdown for an early Friday stack
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Old 24th May 2020, 08:48
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I haven't seen a helicopter's ASI with that range of speed markings for nearly fifty years.
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Old 24th May 2020, 10:02
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"is like saying the Navy need a countdown for an early Friday stack"

I resemble that remark, and jealousy will get you no where..................................
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Old 24th May 2020, 15:09
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Originally Posted by Fareastdriver View Post
I haven't seen a helicopter's ASI with that range of speed markings for nearly fifty years.
Yes - that photo was taken 53 years ago of the panel of XS121. It ended its days 5 years later when it went for a swim off Portland Bill in February 1972 following an engine failure at 200ft.
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