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    Just a "Heads up" for anyone into aircraft (Thats all of us) I just spotted a documentary on a Westland Wessex HU.5 (XT761) it's part of a series on "Yesterday" TV at 8pm (20:00) GMT on Fridays,
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    Thanks for the Heads Up Drew.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Thank you for letting us know, Drew.

    The Smithsonian Channel (Freeview channel 57) has many documentaries including a series called Air Warriors. Also there is one about the Battle of Midway at 12 noon on Tuesday 24th and there is one about the Harrier Jump Jet coming soon. The programmes are often repeated, if you miss one.

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    Thanks for the heads up Drew.
    Run for your life - there are stupid people everywhere!

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    Thanks Drew

    Never Knowingly Undergunned !!

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    I was watching that Wessex flying around Stamford a few months back,it was being used in the new series of the crown. It was flying approaches to Burghley house.

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    Ten ways to cheer yourself up when you're in a bad mood, Number One buy a Corgi Wessex Helicopter.
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    Just thirty three pounds from EBay arrive in just 48 hours via the Royal Mail

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    Do you recognise any of the chaps in it though Drew.
    Kyte.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    This is all I have on the Helicopter, It's a Wessex HAS.3 (XP142),
    Humphrey is one of the most famous aircraft of the Falklands Conflict and was the helicopter stationed aboard the destroyer HMS Antrim. Antrim was one of several ships sent to retake the Islands of South Georgia, as part of Operation Paraquat.

    On the 21st April Humphrey led two other Wessex HU.5 helicopters onto the Fortuna Glacier to drop Special Forces troops with orders to observe Argentinean positions at Grytviken. The weather was appalling and deteriorated, forcing the troops to request evacuation. Using its radar to guide them through the storm Humphrey led the helicopters back to collect the troops. Blizzard conditions caused the other helicopters to crash as they tried to take off from the glacier. Humphrey made a return trip to rescue all the troops and crew. On the 23rd April Humphrey was back in action, locating and retrieving more Special Forces troops from their disabled boat.

    The Argentinean submarine, Santa Fe, was reported in the area. On the 25th April Humphrey was sent out on patrol and spotted the Santa Fe on the surface. Humphrey’s crew attacked with depth charges damaging the submarine. Helicopters from other ships joined the attack with torpedoes and AS.12 missiles, causing Santa Fe to be abandoned.

    By May Antrim had joined other ships to assist with the landings on the main Falkland Islands. She was attacked by Argentinian Dagger jets that strafed her with their canons. Humphrey was damaged by splinters from the shells, making many holes that are still visible. These holes were patched with tape and Humphrey carried on flying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andron234 View Post
    Ten ways to cheer yourself up when you're in a bad mood, Number One buy a Corgi Wessex Helicopter.
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    Is that Prince William in the pilots seat ?


    I'm learning to fly, but I ain't got wings
    Coming down is the hardest thing

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    Sadly for Drew and Paul, Prince William flew a Sea King helicopter.

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    However, your Wessex is still a good model, Drew!

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    I knew that.
    Andrew flew a Spitfire in the Falklands.


    I'm learning to fly, but I ain't got wings
    Coming down is the hardest thing

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    Ten ways to cheer yourself up when you're in a bad mood, Number Two own a Corgi yellow Sea King Helicopter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tikkifriend View Post
    I knew that.
    Andrew flew a Spitfire in the Falklands.
    And I thought only Dave believed that, Spooky

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    Best pilot and crew I ever flew with were a Royal Navy Wessex crew in NI. He was a scream if not down right acrobatic. Did things with a Wessex I didn't think you could do.

    Neil
    See you on the Dark Side......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skafloc View Post
    Best pilot and crew I ever flew with were a Royal Navy Wessex crew in NI. He was a scream if not down right acrobatic. Did things with a Wessex I didn't think you could do.

    Neil
    Got any nice photos to share Neil?

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    Here one I took earlier (1950 something) my Mother before I was born, it helps to have a time machine and a good Box Brownie.

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