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What happened to all the retired Lynx ?

Old 19th Oct 2020, 16:34
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What happened to all the retired Lynx ?

With the removal of the Lynx from RAF and RN service I was curious as to how the British disposed of them - military sales, civilian, or were they all scrapped ?
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Old 19th Oct 2020, 17:11
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Many of the rotor heads were transplanted into the Wildcat aircraft at Westlands. You are not allowed to call it a Mk 10 Lynx but it looks and sounds like one
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Old 19th Oct 2020, 18:31
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They came to Middle Wallop (mostly flown in) and had components that were compatible with the Wildcat removed (not an exhaustive list) and assessed for Serviceability with a caveat, then they were put into the logistics system. The remainder of the cabs were sold or allocated as gate guards. Common knowledge has it that they were sold for 1k each to a contracted 3rd party. It’s all over now though and the engineering team moved onto other roles.
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Old 19th Oct 2020, 18:47
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Originally Posted by Fonsini View Post
With the removal of the Lynx from RAF and RN service I was curious as to how the British disposed of them - military sales, civilian, or were they all scrapped ?
Army Air Corps, not RAF
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Old 19th Oct 2020, 19:00
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had components that were compatible with the Wildcat removed
Surprised there was anything left serviceable on any of them given the many, many years of 'inter flight' robberies that went on!
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Old 19th Oct 2020, 20:29
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Army Air Corps, not RAF
Quite right, I stand corrected.
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Old 19th Oct 2020, 21:30
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The BP exploratory drilling team has made an offer on the Lynx aft fuselage sections, and are confident they can get 15-25 years worth of fossil fuel by extracting all the oil that has soaked into the frameworks. Good job Westlands.
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Old 19th Oct 2020, 22:12
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One or two have been turned into camping pods:
https://www.mirror.co.uk/travel/uk-i...ravan-11526657

and I believe someone is trying to get one restored to flying.
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Old 19th Oct 2020, 23:37
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I heard most were released into the Welsh countryside to fend for themselves.
Some have been released in the Midlands.


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Old 19th Oct 2020, 23:43
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Breakers yard, Lancashire 2014.

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ZG914 glamping at Wainfleet, Lincs

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Old 20th Oct 2020, 00:07
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I'd always thought that helicopter airframes were just wrapping for the expensive bits.
That shifts the question to whether there is any utility to the surplus Lynx engines, transmissions and instruments. No idea what the market for those is. Can anyone help?
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Old 20th Oct 2020, 07:42
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You can probably buy a whole Lynx helicopter in bits on Ebay.
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Old 20th Oct 2020, 09:08
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Etudiant - you could run a RR Gem engine in something else as long as you can afford the bill for all the oil
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Old 20th Oct 2020, 09:42
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Crab,

Is that oil consumption or just the oil that pisses pours out of the labyrinth 'seal'?
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Old 20th Oct 2020, 09:58
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They both count as oil consumption since you have to keep replacing it
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On introduction, the engine being a RR 'Gem', it was suggested that they were manufactured from old double-edged razor blades - so reversion a possibility?
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Old 20th Oct 2020, 10:44
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You will find most of the retired Lynx fleet ended up with Hayward and Green http://www.haywardandgreen.com/aircr...x-helicopters/ along with lots of spare parts.
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Old 20th Oct 2020, 11:16
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Gems for sale - 5,000 “as pulled” up to 25,000 for serviced and mint. Interesting how they make specific mention of an integral oil tank - was the oil consumption really that bad ?

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Old 20th Oct 2020, 11:26
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was the oil consumption really that bad ?
When landing at an airfield that had a very nice, new, white concrete dispersal I was asked if the aircraft 'dripped' as I was merrily shoving drip pans under the aircraft and hanging coke cans on the exhausts after shutdown.

My reply was...'It's a Lynx', nuff said.
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