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BBC2 - Thurs Feb 28th 2013 - "The Sea King - Britain's Flying Past"

Rocket_Ron

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On again tonight on Beeb 2, about 7ish i think.
Haven`t seen it yet so don`t tell me how it ends. :laughing8:
 

clonmel

Lantern Swinger
I saw it and thought it was fascinating. That said, they were very heavy on "The old bird is on her way out". As far as I understand the OSD of the Mk3A/Mk5/Mk7 is 2016 - can anyone confirm? If so, then doing a "Farewell to the Sea King" programme in 2013 is a little bit premature, is it not.......???
 

Captain Birdseye

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Yeah what the hell is ''CULROSE''?! For goodness sake. Idiot!!

I had no idea that the RAF and RN are getting rid of the Sea King. Sad times :(

I suppose that the Wildcat coming in 2014 is the replacement?
 

WreckerL

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Yeah what the hell is ''CULROSE''?! For goodness sake. Idiot!!

I had no idea that the RAF and RN are getting rid of the Sea King. Sad times :(

I suppose that the Wildcat coming in 2014 is the replacement?[/QUOTE]


As the Wildcat is just an upgraded Lynx, I always assumed the Merlin was the Seaking replacement. I'm sure a WAFU will come on and agree/correct me though.
 

Captain Birdseye

Lantern Swinger
As the Wildcat is just an upgraded Lynx, I always assumed the Merlin was the Seaking replacement. I'm sure a WAFU will come on and agree/correct me though.

I'm not sure myself. I just thought that as the Sea King is going, the RN are going to use the Wildcat helicopter for the Royal Marine operations and the Wildcat will be for the RN operations on ship and on base. But I could be way off.

Just assuming/speculation... :)


EDIT: Just re-read my post...I realised that I mentioned the Wildcat twice. For the latter, I meant to say the Merlin.
 
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guestm

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I'm not sure myself. I just thought that as the Sea King is going, the RN are going to use the Wildcat helicopter for the Royal Marine operations and the Wildcat will be for the RN operations on ship and on base. But I could be way off.

Just assuming/speculation... :)

You certainly are.
 
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guestm

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Yeah, had a feeling that I was.

Do you know what the RN are replacing the Sea King with?

Future Lynx / Wildcat will perform for RN / RM and Army in a variety of roles. Green Merlin is replacing Sea King mk 4, Cerberus fitted Merlin will replace the Mk 7 but that will be a botch job and they'll be shite at it. As for the mk 5, well the Merlin can't replace the Sea King in a SAR capacity due to it's prohibitive downwash, plus it's range is gash (see above for unsuitable AEW platform). RAF and RN SAR is doomed anyway.
 

Captain Birdseye

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Future Lynx / Wildcat will perform for RN / RM and Army in a variety of roles. Green Merlin is replacing Sea King mk 4, Cerberus fitted Merlin will replace the Mk 7 but that will be a botch job and they'll be shite at it. As for the mk 5, well the Merlin can't replace the Sea King in a SAR capacity due to it's prohibitive downwash, plus it's range is gash (see above for unsuitable AEW platform). RAF and RN SAR is doomed anyway.

Ahh I see, thanks Montigny. I really was way off!!

Your answer will definately come in handy for my interview ;)
 
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guestm

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Ahh I see, thanks Montigny. I really was way off!!

Your answer will definately come in handy for my interview ;)

Merlin has passed air to air refuelling tests, however the thought of wobbly heads doing that fills all with terror.
 

FAAFLYNAVY

Lantern Swinger
Was pretty interesting that. Could have done without Jo Brand though.

Yes your right, I wonder what this idiot woman has over the BBC hierarchy that allows her so much air time, she appears a total bloody idiot simpleton no matter what program she appears on.

This thick & obese woman really pisses me off.
 
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FAAFLYNAVY

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[/QUOTE] As the Wildcat is just an upgraded Lynx, I always assumed the Merlin was the Seaking replacement. I'm sure a WAFU will come on and agree/correct me though.[/QUOTE] Wildcat an upgraded Lynx? I don't think so, I've had the benefit of inspecting one at Westland's, total FBW with "glass cockpit" the only similarities are the fact it's rotary & it's colour.
 
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