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    Eithne 1985 some memories


    From left to right: Mick Kelly, Alan Finan and Ray Comerford.

    Note the Donkey Jacket, remember them??

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    Rebels without a care - Eithne 1985

    Back, left to right: Damien Power, Sheik Mick Kelly
    Front, left to right: Ray Comerford, Alan Finan
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    First Helo Sea Trials in Lorient, Brittany, France 1985.

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    On left Mick Kelly, and Packie Carney Eithne 1985



    Thirsty work this Navy Lark, Joe give us a drink.

    Joe Banks and Alan Finan,

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanF View Post
    First Helo Sea Trials in Lorient, Brittany, France 1985.
    Alan, that explains a few things. I have the pics of the helo's in three different liveries. But I couldn't remember where the yellow ones took place. Must be old age!

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    Fantastic Thread guys, keep it up.

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    Excellent photos Alan
    Time for another break I think......

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    Helo Trials - Lorient 1985




    More photos in the gallery

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    jesus major flashback good times that french pilot was dangerous landed in all directions
    especially at night

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    Hey lads, do you think if I sell these runners I will have enough for another round?


    Left to right Ray Comeford, Kieran Monks, Joe Banks



    Eithne Ratings Bar. See the forethought of the designers, easily converted into a Pole Dancing Bar. :wink:
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    Quote Originally Posted by moggy View Post
    jesus major flashback good times that french pilot was dangerous landed in all directions
    especially at night
    Thats true. Saw him bounce the helo across the deck on a few occasions. When I get back I'll post some of him! A real test pilot he was!

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    I remember talking to the Test Pilot and after asking me did I want to go for a spin he then came out with a statement like, "you do know that these machines are not meant to fly"

    I am glad that people are enjoying this thread, this is why I joined here, not to talk about stuff that will mean nothing to me but to chat about the past and the good times as well as remembering comrades, both living and dead in a positive and well meaning way.

    I will be posting a few more pictures from further back off Grainne and Aoife, these will or should stir up some long forgotten memories for some of you.
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    Which cabin is that?

    I lived in two different ones..511 and 514..

    Hard to believe that was almost twenty five years ago.
    Time for another break I think......

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    Which serial did that Dauphin get?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fouga View Post
    Which serial did that Dauphin get?
    Either 244 or 245.

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    Murph, I think the cabin No. was 512, but I may be wrong, memory is not what it used to be.

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    Well 245 was the first to land on the Eithne back in 1985.


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    Very unique photo in that it carries the manufacturers logo and the french test reg.

    Nice one Alan..keep them coming
    Time for another break I think......

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    Quote Originally Posted by hptmurphy View Post
    Very unique photo in that it carries the manufacturers logo and the french test reg.

    Nice one Alan..keep them coming
    Ah Lads! come on now! With the greatest of respect to my learned ex colleagues. Al's photo is in fact the third landing. What a lot of people are not aware of, is that the first landing took place in Verolme Cork Dockyard, BEFORE the ship was handed over to the navy. The purpose was to ensure that she would FIT into the hanger and to test the recovery gear. When she landed she had no winch gear in place. This was fitted on the deck after they had folded the blades back for her first entry to the hanger. That was in December 1984. (I just happened to be up the mast).

    The second landing was in a different livery. She was just in yelow primer!

    The third landing, as in Al's photo has the reg F-ZKB below the door, and the Aerospatiale name on the engine casing, but no logo. The logo on the door aludes to 'Brendan the navigator'.
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    The first landing was also not by an Irish Dauphin.(or one that later became Irish) F-WZJD is a 365N that was converted to "F".

    Irish Dauphins Had the Ser No.6124(244/F-ZKBZ),6168(245/F-ZKBJ),6181(246/F-ZKBP),6202(247/F-ZKGW),and 6203(248)

    F-WYMF is an Aerospatiale in-House reg. It isn't recorded as having been used on any of the Irish Dauphins.

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    Oh Boy the Nostalgia is getting really out of hand.

    Brilliant photos real archive material.
    Time for another break I think......

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanF View Post
    Well 245 was the first to land on the Eithne back in 1985.

    This one had been previously on display at the Paris Air Show , hence the the various logos on the aircraft and the Irish Air Corps where the first customers for the Dauphin .
    Don't spit in my Bouillabaisse .

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    When I said the first Dauphin to land on Eithne, I meant of the first Irish pioleted one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laners View Post
    This one had been previously on display at the Paris Air Show , hence the the various logos on the aircraft and the Irish Air Corps where the first customers for the Dauphin .
    jesus laners - we believe you go on tell us you served the first dinner to the crew before any helo landed and who was served first????

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    Quote Originally Posted by moggy View Post
    jesus laners - we believe you go on tell us you served the first dinner to the crew before any helo landed and who was served first????
    now a ten marker which cabin was the first session held in..

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