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  • ancientmariner
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    Originally posted by hptmurphy View Post
    You 'll get them on some of the Facebook pages. They have some great archive photos. The official ones are good. The unofficial ones even better
    Going unofficial in 1985 we had a sniff from a Gazelle, off Wicklow , which landed on by local permission, with a shut down, light meal, successful start up, and departure for Baldonnel. For any helicopter that fits a flight deck is useful.

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  • hptmurphy
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    Originally posted by Dogwatch View Post
    We're you not there?!
    Mr. Morrissy (RIP) was the pilot, late of Scott Shipping..... gent of a man.
    He's in denial!

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  • hptmurphy
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    You 'll get them on some of the Facebook pages. They have some great archive photos. The official ones are good. The unofficial ones even better

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  • ancientmariner
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    Originally posted by Dogwatch View Post
    We're you not there?!
    Mr. Morrissy (RIP) was the pilot, late of Scott Shipping..... gent of a man.
    The pilots referred to, were flying trials with the Dauphin Helicopter prior to assumption of that duty by the AC. Don't ever remember a harbour POB except on a trip with a Class of Senior Officers from a French Acadamie taken on a trip from NB to Kennedy Quay and back to NB with no pilot for the return trip. VCD had their own Captain and a harbour pilot during the Hand Over trials periods.
    Last edited by ancientmariner; 14 November 2018, 09:57.

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  • Dogwatch
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    Had photos of the dauphin from the French trials in the old gallery for this website. Anyone know how to access it now?

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  • Dogwatch
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    Originally posted by ancientmariner View Post
    Afaik the ship left VCD 4th November 1984. She had an immediate breakdown, after letting go, requiring emergency anchor, tug and a tow to Oil wharf NB.
    Things were soon mended followed by getting to know you trips. Deck environmental checks were carried out by a French navy trials team. The ship then went to L'Orient and was initially trialed using a tubular steel mock-up of Dauphin dimensions, up and down the deck and in and out of the Hangar. This was followed by day time trials with the real Heli piloted by ex-French Navy Captain pilot. The ship returned to Naval Base and later did the full night trials with a delivered Helicopter on the east Coast opposite Baldonnel. The trials pilot was the same Navy Captain. I don't recall any other earlier landings.
    We're you not there?!
    Mr. Morrissy (RIP) was the pilot, late of Scott Shipping..... gent of a man.

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  • hptmurphy
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    Originally posted by ancientmariner View Post
    These were times of common effort between Navy and Airside who were also present on the trip. In addition to Sean O', I see the future Ph.D Dr M Martin and also the now retired Inspector of Shannon Navigation Charles Lawn ( brown leather jacket) I also note in Fairisle the PO/Comms, and beside Sean O' the RRM. Unfortunately when the aircraft were finally delivered marine options were diminished until expunged by those tasked to provide air capability at sea.
    SPO Dusty was Ted ' The Red' Bradley , since deceased and in one of the other photos. John Mcnamara who died tragically soon afterward and not forgetting the PO Mech Peter Courtney who was a member on this forum at one point..lovely guy.

    The owner of the photos being the late Sean O'Brien.
    Last edited by hptmurphy; 13 November 2018, 14:53.

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  • hptmurphy
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    Originally posted by spider View Post
    Great thread.

    The guy who does the murals - is he an artist now - if its the same person we got one of his prints as a wedding present
    Philip Gray... 'Tarzan'.. was the First PO Gunner on Eithne

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  • Laners
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    There is a photo of it , taken at the time by the P/O Elec / unofficial photographer , a manufacturers chopper with French pilots .The pilots wore pretty sharp looking leather jackets, one of which I hoped to barter for ( to no avail ) .

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  • ancientmariner
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    Originally posted by Laners View Post
    The first landing on board Eithne took place while the ship was alongside at the shipyard in Rushbrook . I remember it being a very chilly and frosty morning .
    Afaik the ship left VCD 4th November 1984. She had an immediate breakdown, after letting go, requiring emergency anchor, tug and a tow to Oil wharf NB.
    Things were soon mended followed by getting to know you trips. Deck environmental checks were carried out by a French navy trials team. The ship then went to L'Orient and was initially trialed using a tubular steel mock-up of Dauphin dimensions, up and down the deck and in and out of the Hangar. This was followed by day time trials with the real Heli piloted by ex-French Navy Captain pilot. The ship returned to Naval Base and later did the full night trials with a delivered Helicopter on the east Coast opposite Baldonnel. The trials pilot was the same Navy Captain. I don't recall any other earlier landings.

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  • Laners
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    Originally posted by na grohmití View Post
    Found this on Twitter. Faces familiar to some.

    The first landing on board Eithne took place while the ship was alongside at the shipyard in Rushbrook . I remember it being a very chilly and frosty morning .

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  • spider
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    Great thread.

    The guy who does the murals - is he an artist now - if its the same person we got one of his prints as a wedding present

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  • ancientmariner
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    Originally posted by na grohmití View Post
    Found this on Twitter. Faces familiar to some.

    These were times of common effort between Navy and Airside who were also present on the trip. In addition to Sean O', I see the future Ph.D Dr M Martin and also the now retired Inspector of Shannon Navigation Charles Lawn ( brown leather jacket) I also note in Fairisle the PO/Comms, and beside Sean O' the RRM. Unfortunately when the aircraft were finally delivered marine options were diminished until expunged by those tasked to provide air capability at sea.

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  • na grohmiti
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    Found this on Twitter. Faces familiar to some.

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  • damo de muff diver
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    Originally posted by hptmurphy View Post
    Didn't we all...that little park with the bus shelter in Dunlaoigre was a real nightmare.....many the poor you sailor was lured in there and defiled by the local monsters of the deep.
    I thought your sea monster came from Galway.....

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