View Full Version : Black Helicopter Circling Baldonnel

23rd June 2003, 11:33
Just talked to a mate of mine and he swears he saw a NH90 circling baldonnel, Are the IAC testing them in the search for a medium lift helicopter or is he off his head?

23rd June 2003, 11:59
you never know....

I go past Baldonnel every morning and evening going to and from work and in nearly 10 months I have only ever seen 1 aircraft.....a CASA :(

23rd June 2003, 12:21
People should go to http://www.irishairpics.com Frank's board and familiarise themselves wit the Irish civil aviation sector instead of jumping out of their skin every time they see a non IAC helicopter.
It's the unfortunate truth that optimism does not pay off in the Irish defence forces.

23rd June 2003, 17:08
Only asked... :(

23rd June 2003, 17:16
Amazing how similar an S-92 looks to an NH-90, isn't it?

23rd June 2003, 17:22
The true story about black helicopters:


23rd June 2003, 17:26
It appears that my mate is shite a AR.., from another board.....

"Sikorsky over for the sake of it. They were in Aberdeen with it week before last, Paris airshow last week and I spied it over London on Saturday. One of those lets see who likes it jaunts. Really its a Look at what you could have had! run over here. Twas just confirmed there will be no medium-lifters for the Don."

can anybody shed some light on the last comment. Is the whole medium lifters idea gone the way of the pear completely, or will the tendering process be restarted at some stage?

23rd June 2003, 18:51
i'm after hearing something quite bizzare in connection with black helicopters, near Bal'. my usual mate in Bal' is out sick at the moment.
Seems the mystery Heli is, quote; 'a Super Puma/ Cougar in Irish Air Corps colours', apart from that, no comment!!!

For those in the know 'Neo' saw it too, but has not positively identified it.

23rd June 2003, 18:57
"One of Sikorsky's S-92 prototypes is in the Don this week for evaluation and, wait for it, its green with a tricolour over each engine intake!!!!???
Very powerfull machine and suprisingly manouverable for its size. I managed to blag a flip in it and it was intresting to say the least, with the test pilot literally throwing aroun the sky at a scary low altitude(well it seemed low from inside!!).
I think half the camp got a go in it with it taking 12 at a time plus crew. (It can take more but wasnt configured for it!)
The rangers tagged along for a ride with their kit and even done a tactical deployment from it (The pilot offered to do nap of the earth stuff for them around the area but the Aircorps Col in the right hand seat said no!!!?)
I'll keep yis posted!! "

Cool or what

Goldie fish
23rd June 2003, 20:25
the comment on no medium lift helis refers to Rabbites statement at a raco comference or something..he hwas harping back to the decision to defer this contract,whick was later cancelled due to irregularities in the tender process,the fact that Eurocopter were going to sue..and the govt needed to reel in a bit of cash.
Nothing new in it.

23rd June 2003, 21:54
I'm not trying to flame anyone over getting excited, I'm just warning that when you get your hopes up you most often get burned by some less than satisfactory explanation.
The most common being they were here for the weekend.
Does anyone think the Govt might actually buy H-92s as opposed to the civvy models?

27th June 2003, 10:59
The Sikorsky pilot was a real nutter, according to my brother who actually got to go up in the thing, lucky B*****d!

Congrats to all in the 61st apptce Avionics class who passed out yesterday! :flagwave:

27th June 2003, 13:48
While we are on the subject, here's what the canadians thought


Bud Fox
15th July 2003, 11:34
"One of Sikorsky's S-92 prototypes is in the Don this week for evaluation and, wait for it, its green with a tricolour over each engine intake!!!!???"

From franks web site http://www.irishairpics.com/aircorps/index.html if our tri colour looks like that I think the the DF are in great shape.... Come on Stimpy....
were you really up in the S-92?!?!?!

Bud Fox
15th July 2003, 11:42
sorry stimpy... P.Doff on franks board was the one got mixed up with his/her flags.

15th July 2003, 19:31

15th July 2003, 23:31
<font face="tahoma" color="#ff9900"> That sounds Like the site about the secret AFB in Abbywhatsitsname in offally!!!

; )


23rd July 2003, 18:23
A Belgian A109 was visiting Bal' to-day.