Wessex Finale

Wessex Finale

Postby FERG on Fri 06 Dec 2013, 10:13 pm

Evening

27th March 2002 RAF Benson hosted a finale for the Wessex.

Quite a day...

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Cheers

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Re: Wessex Finale

Postby PhilS on Sat 07 Dec 2013, 6:44 pm

88 views and no responses. Sad!

Lovely pictures of an iconic chopper. Don't make em like they used to :sad:
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Re: Wessex Finale

Postby mw232 on Sat 07 Dec 2013, 7:01 pm

Very nice :clap:
Bet the noise from that lot was amazing

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Martyn
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Re: Wessex Finale

Postby PeteM on Sat 07 Dec 2013, 7:06 pm

Excellent set, I would like to have witnessed this.

PhilS wrote:88 views and no responses. Sad!


Sad but no surprise on here :wall:
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Re: Wessex Finale

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Sat 07 Dec 2013, 7:19 pm

Excellent images Richard. Must admit I didn't realise they were still in service so recently, or in such numbers.

PeteM wrote:Excellent set, I would like to have witnessed this.

PhilS wrote:88 views and no responses. Sad!


Sad but no surprise on here :wall:

For about the 4 millionth time, this forum is open to guests. The views on any given thread will be mostly from people coming in via search engines, who couldn't reply unless they registered. :wall:

Take a look at the numbers at the bottom of the forum index - currently 36 registered users and 189 guests on the forums.
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Re: Wessex Finale

Postby iainpeden on Sat 07 Dec 2013, 7:56 pm

11 years ago - NO!
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Re: Wessex Finale

Postby ikarus on Sat 07 Dec 2013, 9:17 pm

Very nice ,miss the Wessex to be honest :sad:
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Re: Wessex Finale

Postby FarnboroJohn on Sat 07 Dec 2013, 9:28 pm

So do I. There's something about designs of that era, they have character in their looks. Mk1 Escorts and Minis smile and so on. A Wessex always looks to me like a horse with a nosebag on.

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Re: Wessex Finale

Postby Stagger2 on Sat 07 Dec 2013, 11:46 pm

mw232 wrote:Very nice :clap:
Bet the noise from that lot was amazing

Cheers
Martyn

"It was!" I was there to see this mass? lift-off spectacle. IIRC there was a facility at RAF Odiham the 'next' day which I also attended. Need to consult my pic's & jar my memory of 12 years back.
Well-done! excellent images of another type 'biting the dust!
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Re: Wessex Finale

Postby whitus1 on Sun 08 Dec 2013, 6:25 am

Lovely collection! This helicopter had so much character! Big bulky bits looks the part!
keep flying
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Re: Wessex Finale

Postby kw. on Sun 08 Dec 2013, 12:22 pm

Never quite liked the Wessex, but I must admit it must have been an amazing sight seeing all these birds in the sky together.
Nice shots & thanks 4 sharing ! :clap:
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Re: Wessex Finale

Postby Niallxg on Sun 08 Dec 2013, 1:01 pm

Very nice. Excellent quality.
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Re: Wessex Finale

Postby Warton GR4 on Sun 08 Dec 2013, 3:36 pm

Great pictures, what an event to have been at. What happened to all those airframes after retirement, were many scrapped, stored or preserved?
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Re: Wessex Finale

Postby theactualsparky on Tue 10 Dec 2013, 8:00 pm

Maybe someone here can answer me this. Why paint one blade yellow? I know it's still done today and wondered why when I saw it
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Re: Wessex Finale

Postby Stagger2 on Wed 11 Dec 2013, 3:05 am

Well!...the explanations given are varied & plentiful. On those Wessex the entire length of one blade was 'yellow' top & underside. Due to the cammo' scheme, these Helo's were very hard to spot from above & the blade gave both initial acquisition & confirmation that the rotor was turning & the Helo' maybe about to / or already was flying in their native low-level operational environment. Secondly, it enabled the crew to assess rotor disc proximity in confined manoeuvres & landings. Thirdly the stroboscopic effect of the single yellow blade gave a clear indication to all & sundry... aircrew, ground-crew & errant parachutists that entering into that disc-zone would have a negative effect on their well-being. Fast-forward to the bright yellow Sea-King & the same issues apply. Easier to spot over the sea & avoid. Aids the crew to see how close to cliff/mountain vertical faces they are hovering. You don't see the yellow blade feature on operational types... Lynx, Junglies, Merlin, Chinook, Apache, Puma etc purely because they don't want to be seen from above! So why have it on that mark of Wessex?....don't ask me!
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Re: Wessex Finale

Postby toom317 on Sat 28 Dec 2013, 10:15 pm

Stagger2 wrote: So why have it on that mark of Wessex?....don't ask me!


Could it be that the Wessex was also used in the SAR role, and all the blade sets had a yellow one?
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Re: Wessex Finale

Postby PeteM on Sun 29 Dec 2013, 8:31 am

And don't forget these cammo Wessex had a SAR tasking in Northern Ireland.
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Re: Wessex Finale

Postby seacat192 on Sun 29 Dec 2013, 9:50 am

Thanks for posting these, brings back the memories!

I can remember seeing a formation of around 20 Wessex flying over Somerset when the RN retired their Wessex 'Jungly' fleet at Yeovilton in he mid 1980s (1985?). I was at school at the time, and could see the formation forming up in the distance and a Lynx flying all around them, but the bell for the end of break went before they came close to the school and all I heard was the sound of them flying over :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm:


Thanks again
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