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

Old 8th May 2008, 17:21
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Radfan - Pingers? Yes, who was it who fell backwards down the slope? And yes - I did some AS work in a WW7 ( sandy coloured of course) with Beast Rufus in the back! Ended up in a carpark at the Bill with some problem or other, but never found a submarine - which seems par for the course really. I have noted that Pingers are always very proud of their Jungly time but not the other way round - any suggestions as to why this should be?

PS 212 man seems very young to have posted all those posts. Is he with the drink taken? Perhaps we should all club together and get him a spellchekker!
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Old 8th May 2008, 18:11
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212man was in knee pants when the Wessex was around....I bet he never flew a Sikorsky with a great big radial engine....and probably never even saw one with two HUGE radials.

(For the youngsters.....CH-34 (S-58) or CH37 Mojave (S-56))

The 58 had a wonderful auto pilot...unless some one down below opened the cabin door while the BarAlt was engaged. The 56 had a very commodious cockpit...even Nick Lappos could move around in the thing without need of a can of Crisco.

If you liked the Wessex....you would have loved the 37.


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Old 8th May 2008, 18:16
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Reference my earlier post about midair collisions I thought these may be fun to post. The Fox and Hounds was lucky to get our trade I suppose, we could have ruined their roof.


PS seems I got the piccies a bit too big. I will try harder.
You will have to track right to see the WX5.

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Old 8th May 2008, 18:24
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Reference the inability of Pingers to find submarines, I enclose this shot of the visual search procedures taken up in desperation to try to rectify the problem!
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Old 8th May 2008, 20:04
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I fully realise that some Pingers, and I use the capital P out of respect for their wasted time in the FAA, may not believe the "Visual search procedures" used in desperation to find a submarine - so I post a photo of the crew manning the aircraft involved in the trials. I hope that this helps the cause of Jungly/ Pinger fraternity.
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Old 8th May 2008, 20:05
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An aside, ref Speechless2's comment on Tanganyika and the revolting Tanganyikans. (Can you say that these days?) The silverware exhibited in the foyer of 45 Commando Sgt's Mess was 'discovered' during that little foray. Names and numbers of those involved are available; a very enjoyable two hours was spent in the company of the man who liberated the items, I haven't laughed so much in ages.

There was a comment during our conversation about the helicopter pilot's navigational capacity in terms of the intended LZ ie they had to 'acquire' a huge truck to get to their objective, from the harbour.

Comments on a Zimbabwean dollar note.
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Old 8th May 2008, 20:16
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Speechless Two -should it not be Speechless As Well?
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Old 8th May 2008, 20:32
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bast0n,

Shades of Happy Hour on Friday night at the original CU Wardroom: pingers one end of the bar, junglies the other, and Moet at 19/6d used at will

Ditched Sea King the latest Mod status, doors on the wrong side? No wonder it got wet

Very impressed with the SHAR photo: that was fairly close
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Old 9th May 2008, 05:59
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I believe the most famous extraction was done by a WX3 after all the Junglies crashed - South Georgia 1982 - where is my old mate IS?
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Old 9th May 2008, 07:17
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Very true - but insertion is so much more fun than extraction don't ya know?
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Old 9th May 2008, 16:07
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BastOn you old bugger! A breath of fresh air! I'm afraid the Pingers will always outnumber us on here - all those years of button pushing. However Quality not Quantity. Keep the Stories rolling. There's always that photo of the Wasp on Mike Reece's lawn in Helston...... HH
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Old 9th May 2008, 16:47
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Toad me old mucker - did you not mean this shot of me and Dick Seymour on the lawn of my family home in Wales? Surely we did not behave like that, did we?
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HH Toad

I don't think the pingers outnumbered us here!!
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Old 9th May 2008, 17:16
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Cracking phots BastOn, keep em coming !!!

Dont suppose you've got any of Woodard on a motorbike ?

If so i'll trade you for one of an autogyro in Singers !!
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Old 9th May 2008, 19:10
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No, but how about the great man in my Moke outside the Bayuca, Jonny and Tina Stagnetto ran it, in Gibraltar. ( Stunning onion soup with huge lumps of bread).Malim later fell out after a particularily nifty bit of driving on my part to avoid the Military Police (who had quite accurately surmised that we had stolen an army officers mess armchair to put in the back to make Rob W more comfortable in deference to his paddedness), and rubbed all the pattern off his blazer buttons and broke his designer sunglasses whilst sliding down the road unaccompanied. You may remember that I only had the Moke on board as I needed something to tow my boat. Happy Days. Perhaps one day I will tell you how I fell out of the Moke in Helston, whilst driving it, at Peter Craigs Leaving do.
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Looking back I see I do have a motorcycle shot of me giving a lift to an elderly pinger, Colin MacGregor, in the arctic. This shows that we Junglies do have hearts of gold towards distressed gentlefolk especially if they write your 206. I will not tell you what the shovel was for.
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Old 9th May 2008, 19:43
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Bast0ns phots perhaps indicate one answer to the original title of the thread:

Its not just the aircraft, its the blokes that flew in it and serviced it. An inate ability to display a potent mix of punchy flying, gall, cameraderie, daftness, spirit and irreverence whatever the Wx mark, variant and operational role ! Happy days indeed.
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Old 10th May 2008, 08:27
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Mark with a coloured crayon all those WX5s being flown by someone without a hangover!
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Old 10th May 2008, 08:33
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The nervous and tired line up for the previous formation.

By the way if anyone wants any of these photos, and I have oodles more, do let me know.

Also you lot out there must have a wealth of unseen material that would be fun to share, as PP says it is not only the aircraft that made us happy, it was also the sometimes potty people who flew and maintained them and the mistakes/adventures they had.
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Old 10th May 2008, 19:36
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Any truth in the rumour of a certain `junglie`( D.L) thrown out of a pub one night,when next night flying at the same location ,flicks fuel jettison ON-OFF,..find it hard to believe really,as I was told `junglies` didn`t fly at night,or couldn`t do two things at once !!!
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