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Old 29th Mar 2017, 17:47
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Secret Squirrel....

Saw the not unusual sight of a helicopter parked on the sport field at Tally Ho Police Training Center next to Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham.

this one though was painted matt black and had no markings at all. S76 sort of shape. Any info?
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Old 29th Mar 2017, 19:42
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Probably a Dauphin (AS365).
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Old 29th Mar 2017, 19:48
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This one had a tail rotor.
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Old 29th Mar 2017, 21:44
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What about a Bell 429?
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Old 29th Mar 2017, 23:53
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Old 30th Mar 2017, 08:30
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S76ish

There are some Agusta 109s around the UK that now sport matt black schemes and 'discrete' registrations.
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Old 30th Mar 2017, 08:50
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Did it have a camera fitted PB?
There was a black twin squirrel with camera around Brum recently, perhaps 'BHX movements' might be somewhere to start.
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Old 30th Mar 2017, 11:11
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Originally Posted by BTC8183 View Post
There are some Agusta 109s around the UK that now sport matt black schemes and 'discrete' registrations.
I'm surprised that regs permit a registration that's not in a contrasting colour.
That would be difficult to identify unless up close.
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Old 30th Mar 2017, 12:50
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Sometimes up *really* close.

Spot the registration on this one: Clue - The registration characters are several inches high and in a prominent location.

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Old 30th Mar 2017, 13:41
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ZE413. Those airframes have obviously been replaced by Dauphins.
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Old 30th Mar 2017, 17:24
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Originally Posted by BTC8183 View Post
S76ish

There are some Agusta 109s around the UK that now sport matt black schemes and 'discrete' registrations.
That could very well be the type. Thank you.
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Old 30th Mar 2017, 17:27
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Originally Posted by SilsoeSid View Post
Did it have a camera fitted PB?
There was a black twin squirrel with camera around Brum recently, perhaps 'BHX movements' might be somewhere to start.
No camera. I work in the city centre and have noticed a lot of extra activity since the Westminster Bridge incident.
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Old 31st Mar 2017, 07:50
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Is Mat black paint a good camouflage for an aircraft; would that not be the "best" colour to see from the ground against a blue sky?
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Old 31st Mar 2017, 08:30
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Originally Posted by John R81 View Post
Is Mat black paint a good camouflage for an aircraft; would that not be the "best" colour to see from the ground against a blue sky?
Not a problem if you do mainly night flying....
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Yes the 'Hooligans from Hereford" have used 109's in the past-parked on a Police training ground,seems to fit
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Yes the 'Hooligans from Hereford" have used 109's in the past-parked on a Police training ground,seems to fit
I thought they had been replaced by Dauphin N3s operated by 658 Sqn.
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They have a long time ago now.
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