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    One of those all too rare family days occurred today in the grandly Titled Casement Aerodrome,[known to the rest of us as Bal' or the Don].
    Weather wise it was a smashing day even if members of the Turkey tribe and the odd admin [they are all odd] got sunburnt.
    So the food did'ent kill anyone and the museum was open.
    There were some nice vehicles to look at and crawl over, including a Mowag and a Dangerwing F350.
    Bouncy castles were out in force too.......


    Ah yes , the air display.
    Apart from only one jet of the bertie bordello type, every thing had props or rotor blades, we got A111's[swan song ] PC-9M's, the Good old Cessanas, a cracking display from a Casa, we even had Brig General James flying the Avro Tutor. The Black Knights dropped in as well.
    Then there was a nice set piece bit of fun involving PC-9M's A111, one of the EC-135's, Paras, lots of loud bangs, and an awful amount of blanks including a mega amount of GPMG.............
    ........But the good guys won in the end.
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    "We will hold out until our last bullet is spent. Could do with some whiskey"
    Radio transmission, siege of Jadotville DR Congo. September 1961.
    Illegitimi non carborundum

  • #2
    You get any photos of that final set piece?
    "Let us be clear about three facts. First, all battles and all wars are won in the end by the infantryman. Secondly, the infantryman always bears the brunt. His casualties are heavier, he suffers greater extremes of discomfort and fatigue than the other arms. Thirdly, the art of the infantryman is less stereotyped and far harder to acquire in modern war than that of any other arm." ------- Field Marshall Wavell, April 1945.

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    • #3
      Oh alright, but I know there were people who are better then at this stuff then me there.......
      Attached Files
      "We will hold out until our last bullet is spent. Could do with some whiskey"
      Radio transmission, siege of Jadotville DR Congo. September 1961.
      Illegitimi non carborundum

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      • #4
        Nothing wrong with those.Well done Any more?
        "Let us be clear about three facts. First, all battles and all wars are won in the end by the infantryman. Secondly, the infantryman always bears the brunt. His casualties are heavier, he suffers greater extremes of discomfort and fatigue than the other arms. Thirdly, the art of the infantryman is less stereotyped and far harder to acquire in modern war than that of any other arm." ------- Field Marshall Wavell, April 1945.

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        • #5
          Family day

          "we even had Brig General James flying the Avro Tutor. The Black Knights dropped in as well."

          As far as I know the GOC was flying the Avro 631 Cadet. A Avro Tutor is the Avro 621 type. I do believe that there is a difference
          Cheers
          VosperM1

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          • #6
            Keep the photos coming..love the F16 one....pun...Fighting falcon..or is it a Hawk...who said we had no jets?
            Covid 19 is not over ....it's still very real..Hand Hygiene, Social Distancing and Masks.. keep safe

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Turkey View Post
              One of those all too rare family days occurred today in the grandly Titled Casement Aerodrome,[known to the rest of us as Bal' or the Don].
              Weather wise it was a smashing day even if members of the Turkey tribe and the odd admin [they are all odd] got sunburnt.
              So the food did'ent kill anyone and the museum was open.
              There were some nice vehicles to look at and crawl over, including a Mowag and a Dangerwing F350.
              Bouncy castles were out in force too.......


              Ah yes , the air display.
              Apart from only one jet of the bertie bordello type, every thing had props or rotor blades, we got A111's[swan song ] PC-9M's, the Good old Cessanas, a cracking display from a Casa, we even had Brig General James flying the Avro Tutor. The Black Knights dropped in as well.
              Then there was a nice set piece bit of fun involving PC-9M's A111, one of the EC-135's, Paras, lots of loud bangs, and an awful amount of blanks including a mega amount of GPMG.............
              ........But the good guys won in the end.
              Hi Turkey, really interesting photos. Most enjoyable. Well done!

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              • #8
                Baldonnel Open Day

                News Break

                A Irish Air Corps Pilatus PC-9M was shot down by Fantasia Freedom Fighters close to Baldonnel Aerodrome at approximatly 15.55 GMT with what is believed to have been a man portable air defence system similiar in appearance to a Sraaw (back blast similator ) Both pilots ejected safely and our believed to have been immediatly capurted by the rebels!

                Information claim the pair of aircraft came under attack while patroling a exclusion zone around the Air Base after reports of enemy activity in the area.

                Immediatly after this incident the Air Corps Operation Section in HQ put a immediate plan in action where CSAR choppers were launched along with a further PC-9M to support the rescue operation and one C3 command and control chopper to control the rescue of the operation of the pilots!

                The Operation was a complete success with the rescue of the downed aircrew!


                Here some exclusive footage the Action News Desk can reveal...


                The Blue Max
                Intelligence Officer
                Last edited by The Blue Max; 1 September 2007, 02:12. Reason: Initial problems with Youtube
                British officer: You're seven minutes late, Mr. Collins.
                Michael Collins: You've kept us waiting 700 years. You can have your seven minutes.

                [As the British flag comes down]

                Michael Collins: So that's what all the bother was about.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by hptmurphy View Post
                  Keep the photos coming..love the F16 one....pun...Fighting falcon..or is it a Hawk...who said we had no jets?

                  Sorry, Murf, it's a kesteral, I belive it has ossifer status as it can fly


                  Anyway how about this for an old bird.....
                  Attached Files
                  "We will hold out until our last bullet is spent. Could do with some whiskey"
                  Radio transmission, siege of Jadotville DR Congo. September 1961.
                  Illegitimi non carborundum

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                  • #10
                    just a couple more till monday, as I need to resize some of 'em
                    Attached Files
                    "We will hold out until our last bullet is spent. Could do with some whiskey"
                    Radio transmission, siege of Jadotville DR Congo. September 1961.
                    Illegitimi non carborundum

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                    • #11
                      Baldonnel Open Day 2007

                      Some More Photos
                      Attached Files
                      British officer: You're seven minutes late, Mr. Collins.
                      Michael Collins: You've kept us waiting 700 years. You can have your seven minutes.

                      [As the British flag comes down]

                      Michael Collins: So that's what all the bother was about.

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                      • #12
                        Nice pix..any more??

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                        • #13
                          IAC Continued

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                          Attached Files
                          British officer: You're seven minutes late, Mr. Collins.
                          Michael Collins: You've kept us waiting 700 years. You can have your seven minutes.

                          [As the British flag comes down]

                          Michael Collins: So that's what all the bother was about.

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                          • #14
                            As Requested

                            This was truely a great day out and i was lucky to be part of the IMO contingent there.
                            Attached Files
                            British officer: You're seven minutes late, Mr. Collins.
                            Michael Collins: You've kept us waiting 700 years. You can have your seven minutes.

                            [As the British flag comes down]

                            Michael Collins: So that's what all the bother was about.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by The Blue Max View Post
                              This was truely a great day out and i was lucky to be part of the IMO contingent there.


                              Any of the AW139's or Cessna's flying that day??

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