Warbird Workshop - Wessex Mk V

Knotty

Lantern Swinger
Did anybody else catch 'Warbird Workshop' which was shown on the channel 'Yesterday' at 21:00 last night (Thur 19th Mch 2020)?

Really good to see a group restoring to flight an old SAR Wessex V in order to have it ready for display at Yeovilton airshow in 2019.

For those that missed, it must be available on some form of catch-up and if not it's bound to be shown again
 

Waspie

War Hero
Have it recorded for viewing in the small hours tonight.
Will be watching with log book in hand to see when I flew in it!!!
The Wessex 5 was a Carlsburg helicopter. A real classic.
 

Knotty

Lantern Swinger
Have it recorded for viewing in the small hours tonight.
Will be watching with log book in hand to see when I flew in it!!!
The Wessex 5 was a Carlsburg helicopter. A real classic.
Totally agree Waspie, a great chopper. RIP the lads maintaining the Glamorgan flight & indeed all those lost in the course of their duty
 

Waspie

War Hero
Colin Vickers, (RIP, a very good friend of mine died in that incident. He was the flight aircrewman, I was told he was sat in the cockpit at the time the missile struck. Never forgotten. Although Glamorgans Wessex was the Mk3 ASW variant it was still built around the same basic airframe as the Wx5. Westlands did a good job re working the Sikorsky design to make such a long lasting work horse.
 

Waspie

War Hero
Just checked the log book. Nope, never flew in that Wessex - XT761. XT766 many - many times on POQC with Smiler Grinney the SAR diver at the beginning of the prog. Mainly navigation sorties and SAR searches. (Training). The chubby chappie sat in the back at the end was an old neighbour at Portland. I was his relief on Ashanti too. Andy Vanes. Lucky sod got a job on the RN's historic flight. Gets to fly in the Swordfish. (insert envious smilie). Not a bad episode. Used to work on them when I was a mechanic. Baring a couple of jobs, very easy to maintain.
 

Chris P

Lantern Swinger
Swordfish - nearly got chopped up by it back when the main runway at VL was being extended fir the Phantoms, we used to escort it around the peri track with rescue wagon in front and water bowser or crash wagon behind it, too busy chatting to Dave Clack killick of the crew sat next to me when Crash Evans tried to squeeze through a biscuit tin size opening past the P150 as the prop got closer and closer to the back of the wagon, maybe wasn't as close as it looked but cheek clenching moment for a few seconds!!
 

redmonkey

Lantern Swinger
Book Reviewer
Blooming hello. Andy Vanes must have been in the training pipeline when Daedalus learned to fly.
I've worked with him a few times at VL and the last time I was there was 7 years ago.
 
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