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15th Oct 2020, 22:08
Replies: 89
Views: 19,676
Posted By Democritus

I took this photo at RAF Lossiemouth in 2009 -...

I took this photo at RAF Lossiemouth in 2009 - Tallboy, Upkeep and Grand Slam....I met Barnes Wallis in 1963 when I attended a lecture he gave. Fascinating guy, quite unassuming.
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Forum: Rotorheads
4th Sep 2020, 17:34
Replies: 53
Views: 6,898
Posted By Democritus

Mamba? - in a Gannet maybe but it was a Napier...

Mamba? - in a Gannet maybe but it was a Napier Gazelle in the Wessex HAS Mk3. My old eyes can't make out the reg - XM833? If so missed it by one, the nearest one I flew was XM834!
Forum: Rotorheads
14th Jun 2020, 23:00
Replies: 61
Views: 10,283
Posted By Democritus

Thud and Blunderís reference to a collective...

Thud and Blunderís reference to a collective disconnect on an Omani 214ST reminds me of the 1986 North Sea ditching on that type that we had due to that reason. Same airframe as the cyclic problem...
Forum: Rotorheads
14th Jun 2020, 22:10
Replies: 61
Views: 10,283
Posted By Democritus

Sullom Voe to Aberdeen in a Bell 214ST just after...

Sullom Voe to Aberdeen in a Bell 214ST just after the Piper Alpha disaster, so 1988. About 10 minutes after take off the cyclic was found to have jammed in roll with about 3 degrees roll movement to...
Forum: Rotorheads
24th May 2020, 15:09
Replies: 603
Views: 274,775
Posted By Democritus

Yes - that photo was taken 53 years ago of the...

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.
Forum: Rotorheads
23rd May 2020, 22:39
Replies: 603
Views: 274,775
Posted By Democritus

No traffic lights on the Wessex HAS Mk3 very...

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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29th Apr 2020, 20:15
Replies: 5
Views: 2,604
Posted By Democritus

I'm very late to this news and am sad to discover...

I'm very late to this news and am sad to discover today that Ron has passed on at the age of 87. He was Chief Pilot of Ferranti Helicopters in the mid to late 70's up until 1979 when British...
Forum: Rotorheads
2nd Apr 2020, 22:18
Replies: 32
Views: 5,206
Posted By Democritus

With some 47's we sat on our own up front....... ...

With some 47's we sat on our own up front.......

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29th Jan 2020, 14:36
Replies: 1
Views: 802
Posted By Democritus

I've sent an email to Jerry drawing his attention...

I've sent an email to Jerry drawing his attention to your post so hopefully he'll be in contact with you.
Forum: Rotorheads
19th Jan 2020, 11:29
Replies: 6
Views: 1,832
Posted By Democritus

Very sorry to hear this. Al joined the RN a year...

Very sorry to hear this. Al joined the RN a year after me but our paths never crossed until the '80's when he worked for BP's Aviation Department. We had a contract with BP and Al was always very...
Forum: Rotorheads
16th Jan 2020, 15:41
Replies: 3
Views: 1,331
Posted By Democritus

The other pilot on the lift was Ron Salt, later...

The other pilot on the lift was Ron Salt, later Chief Pilot of Ferranti Helicopters.

Pathe News coverage....https://www.britishpathe.com/video/coventry-spire-by-copter

Coventry Cathedral spire...
Forum: Rotorheads
7th Dec 2019, 08:34
Replies: 14
Views: 3,941
Posted By Democritus

Brilliant - thanks Jim. Managed to fiddle around...

Brilliant - thanks Jim. Managed to fiddle around with it to fill my screen but it's up and running as my PC background.
Forum: Rotorheads
6th Dec 2019, 22:31
Replies: 14
Views: 3,941
Posted By Democritus

That's the one, John. Obviously in my simple...

That's the one, John. Obviously in my simple Google search I failed to find it.
Forum: Rotorheads
6th Dec 2019, 14:05
Replies: 14
Views: 3,941
Posted By Democritus

S76 poster advert from the early 1980's

Does anyone have a jpeg of the early 80's Sikorsky poster advert which showed a soft focus image of the full length back view of a naked female superimposed along the length of the S76 fuselage? I'd...
Forum: Rotorheads
20th Nov 2019, 16:27
Replies: 144
Views: 186,531
Posted By Democritus

I see the pay has gone up - I got £1850 per annum...

I see the pay has gone up - I got £1850 per annum when started with them 51 years ago!
Forum: Rotorheads
20th Oct 2019, 15:04
Replies: 14
Views: 2,870
Posted By Democritus

Just to clarify the above, as G-BFPF this...

Just to clarify the above, as G-BFPF this helicopter was with British Airways Helicopters from 1978 until July 81 when as British Caledonian Helicopters we operated it until Bristow took us over in...
Forum: Rotorheads
27th Sep 2019, 22:34
Replies: 64
Views: 34,633
Posted By Democritus

Here's G-BALZ in her very early youth at...

Here's G-BALZ in her very early youth at Kidlington in February 1973 before we took her over to Dublin as EI-AWK. Good to see that 46 years later she's in good shape - seems to have survived the...
Forum: Rotorheads
26th Sep 2019, 09:28
Replies: 7
Views: 2,605
Posted By Democritus

Very sad to hear this. Dave was one of my...

Very sad to hear this. Dave was one of my instructors when I was a stude on 705 at Culdrose in 1964 - I occasionally babysitted his children then! Although I wasn't on the same fleet in Bristow in...
Forum: Rotorheads
2nd Aug 2019, 11:35
Replies: 72
Views: 80,749
Posted By Democritus

Yes, in the UK it's Aon, or to be more precise...

Yes, in the UK it's Aon, or to be more precise Aon Hewitt. They have been faultless in paying my Bristow Pension for the last 20 years.

Another avenue for folk to try... Contact Mike Ironside - he...
23rd May 2019, 09:09
Replies: 8
Views: 1,236
Posted By Democritus

jimjim1 - many thanks for that, the problem has...

jimjim1 - many thanks for that, the problem has been solved by your suggestion. There were two lines there pointing back to my old host. Don't know how they got there, certainly not by me as I...
21st May 2019, 10:20
Replies: 8
Views: 1,236
Posted By Democritus

Thanks for the suggestions. All a bit beyond my...

Thanks for the suggestions. All a bit beyond my knowledge but hopefully tried them correctly. Taking them in turn:

It's not a home setup - the hosting company is Krystal Hosting in London and it's...
20th May 2019, 18:02
Replies: 8
Views: 1,236
Posted By Democritus

One PC won't show my website at new host - all other PC's do show it

Ten days ago I changed the hosting company for my website. Everything went well except that one of the three computers at home refuses to point towards the website at the new host. It continues to...
Forum: Rotorheads
9th Apr 2019, 13:40
Replies: 29
Views: 7,546
Posted By Democritus

A similar photo to hico-p's post #17. Newly out...

A similar photo to hico-p's post #17. Newly out of the West Palm Beach factory - summer 1980. A pleasant step up from a Bo105!
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Forum: Rotorheads
22nd Feb 2019, 19:19
Replies: 13
Views: 5,693
Posted By Democritus

Yes, also have many memories of flying with Rick...

Yes, also have many memories of flying with Rick on the 214ST. Not often you can say youíve known someone for nearly 51 years but I first met Rick on the 8 week ex-service groundschool crammer for...
Forum: Rotorheads
22nd Feb 2019, 12:14
Replies: 13
Views: 5,693
Posted By Democritus

Vale Rick Balfour

Another Bristow stalwart has passed away. Last week Rick Balfour felt unwell and called an ambulance. Subsequently his heart was restarted several times and he was put into an induced coma and on a...
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