German Army CH-53 in the Swiss Alps - Alpnach,Switzerland

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German Army CH-53 in the Swiss Alps - Alpnach,Switzerland

Sun 24 Feb 2013, 8:49 am

Hi gents,

here is a selection of my shots from Alpnach in Switzerland and the nearby Swiss Alps, when I was fortunate to be embedded with them 3 days. We had excellent photo-platforms ( CH-53 & Bo-105 ) and a big "Thank You" :worship: must go to everyone involved within the German Army Public Affairs. And all the crews and ground crews that worked hard to make this shooting happen....as we flew daily mostly twice in the nearby Swiss Alps.
Using the CH-53 and the Bo-105 for our aerial-stuff.....and luckily we had the Bo-105 with us, as its the right platform flying with an open slide-door.
The German "Heersflieger" conducting regular mountain-flying training in Switzerland since 2003, generally with a two-week course taking place between October - May each year.
During my flights we had everything from sun till heavy snowfall too, and my deepest respect to those aircrews, which managed to fly us safetly around the Swiss Alps!

Ok enough for now, let tell the pictures the rest of the story...... hope you enjoy them once again, and comments & critiques are more as welcome :cool:


Cheers
Mick

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A patch which is handed out to crews, which have succesfull accomplished the course......

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#2
The "beast" still folded inside the hangar at Alpnach Airbase....

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#3
Time to get the Charly Horse back to live...note also the low cloud layer too!

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Our photo-ship approaching our spot on top of the mountain, where we were sitting to shoot some fly-by´s

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#5
What a great view out of the Bo-105 or not....

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#6
Could be any better...that what I call a nice take-off!

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#7
Approaching the landing-spot on top of the Alps with the open-side door...escorted by the Bo-105

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#8
Crew Chief observing the landing from the open rear loading-ramp...nice reflections in his visior too!

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Panorama view during sling-load ops.....impressive view or not

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#10
Crew-Chief in detail.....

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#11
Chasing the CH-53....

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#12
Meiringen below us...man that was windy!

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#13
Sitting on the desired landing-spot...

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#14
Enroute to Alpnach, side-by-side with our Bo-105

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#15
Nice with such a backdrop or not...

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#16
Swiss flightline....

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#17
Typical backdrop for Alpnach...

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#18
Ready to pick-up the sling-load....

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Re: German Army CH-53 in the Swiss Alps - Alpnach,Switzerlan

Sun 24 Feb 2013, 9:21 am

Very nice set!

6, 7, 8, 12 would've be my picks.

Re: German Army CH-53 in the Swiss Alps - Alpnach,Switzerlan

Sun 24 Feb 2013, 7:24 pm

Wow, very nice. All lovely but absolutely love the rear facing shot out of the door...

Re: German Army CH-53 in the Swiss Alps - Alpnach,Switzerlan

Sun 24 Feb 2013, 7:48 pm

RichCliff wrote:Wow, very nice. All lovely but absolutely love the rear facing shot out of the door...

2nd that... :clap:

Re: German Army CH-53 in the Swiss Alps - Alpnach,Switzerlan

Mon 25 Feb 2013, 6:50 am

really nice ! :clap:

Re: German Army CH-53 in the Swiss Alps - Alpnach,Switzerlan

Tue 26 Feb 2013, 1:54 pm

Hi gents,

thanks for all your comments, and here come the second part....!

cheers
Mick

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Concentrated crew member during the flight....

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Approaching the landing spot...when we were circling around the CH-53

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#21
Low approach...what a beast!

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Head-on...

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#23
Banking hard left and bye,bye....

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#24
Swiss Al.III Gate-Guard....

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Our photo-ship in Alpnach

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Swiss EC-635 on ground in Alpnach...

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Almost on the ground with the sling-load....

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Weather is getting worst....

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On the landing spot...

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Time to pick-up the sling-load...

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Approaching our landing spot, to pick us up again!

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Re: German Army CH-53 in the Swiss Alps - Alpnach,Switzerlan

Tue 26 Feb 2013, 2:21 pm

Fantastic Second part to this Thread, the CH-53 sure is a beast!

christian

Re: German Army CH-53 in the Swiss Alps - Alpnach,Switzerlan

Wed 27 Feb 2013, 8:26 pm

rhooooooooooo mick very nice picture in the alps ti top cheun :yahoo: :yahoo:

Re: German Army CH-53 in the Swiss Alps - Alpnach,Switzerlan

Sun 03 Mar 2013, 10:17 am

Loved these - thanks for taking the time to upload them.
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