FB: "Sea King XV666 ‘Damien’ Visits The Navy Wings Heritage Hangar On The 50th Anniversary Of The First Flight"

soleil

War Hero
The Fly Navy Heritage Trust is the charity behind Navy Wings, working to preserve Britain’s great naval aviation heritage. It relies on public donations to support its work in maintaining, presenting and flying an unrivalled collection of historic naval aircraft.

 

Waspie

War Hero
The FNHT had two visitors today, Damian and Terry Martins Historic Wasp XT787. All they needed was the Flying Wessex 5 and they had full house!!
 

soleil

War Hero
The FNHT had two visitors today, Damian and Terry Martins Historic Wasp XT787. All they needed was the Flying Wessex 5 and they had full house!!
I saw that footage, Waspie! I love the Wasp, I was watching it fly on the footage and thought how distinctive its outline is. When you see it next to the Sea King, it looks strangely delicate.
 

Waspie

War Hero
Probably my favourite Wasp image.
I took this of Kim Alisons very last AS12 firing at sea. A warshot missile fired from HMS Rothesays Wasp in 1988 just prior to the Wasp leaving RN service. We were part of the Dartmouth Training Squadron at the time and we were informed NOT to bring back any AS12 missiles. (To assist in de-bombing back at Guzz of course!!).
I must add, it has taken me a very long time to accept the look of the civilianised version of the Wasp, no flotation gear and with all doors fitted. Terry Martin the owner of one of the three remaining flying Wasps wrote a great book with another ex RN pilot, Larry Jeram Croft solely about the Wasp and its forgotten service in Naval aviation. (And a few contributions by myself also included).
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Waspie

War Hero
That's a cracking photo, Waspie! Your timing was perfect!
Thank you, I managed to get both the ignition of the booster and sustainer motors. The wires are just visible too. Don't think it would have been the same in colour!!
 

Waspie

War Hero
The Specs of the Mk 5 at the bottom of Soleil's link quotes the ceiling as 12,000ft. This is not the helicopters limit, this is the operational ceiling of the aircrew without oxygen. During a CTF. (Check Test Flight), my boss and I took our little Wasp up above 14500feet during a power climb. It was us that bottled it realising our limits and not wanting to push the envelope too far!!!!
 

Maxpowers

Lantern Swinger
Saw the wasp in flight on Monday such a cool, compact bit of kit! Did look like a heavy breeze my cause it to start going backwards though :p
 

Maxpowers

Lantern Swinger
The last thing I would say about a WASP is cool :) The Apache is cool and looks like a killing machine.
I was being kind, a flying shopping trolley is kinda interesting to see :D. Will agree on the apache we had one visit and it does look like the definition of death and destruction, F-35 Came tuesday, pretty sure the jockey was trying to buzz the tower, they were doing practice landing approaches, but man alive that thing screams, flew past at no more than 100ft and 5 seconds later you couldn’t hear for a minute! I thought the EF that was doing the same a few weeks back was loud.
 
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