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    Alouette III

    Nice video of Alouette 213 erecting a cross on top of Muckish Mountain in Donegal in 2000.


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    If ever there was a video symbolising the non separation of church and state.....

    Ironically Iwo Jima-esque towards the end there....

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...ag_raising.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetjock View Post
    If ever there was a video symbolising the non separation of church and state.....
    This actually had nothing to do with the Church, the request for the helicopter came from a local community group who wanted to replace the original wooden cross on top of the mountain that had been destroyed in a storm.
    Last edited by Rhodes; 10th August 2013 at 11:37.

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    The Air Corps also has a very honourable history when it comes to Muckish. Check out the Air Corps DSM list.


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    Rattliest things ever, do the Austrians still fly them I wonder?
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    Still flown in Malta

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    Quote Originally Posted by The real Jack View Post
    Rattliest things ever, do the Austrians still fly them I wonder?
    Still have 24 of them.

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    Loved flying in them

    My section cracked the one of the lower door window panels of one in coolmoney camp a few years back whilst getting in.

    The lad infront of me , whilst getting on board, cracked the pane as he was swinging the GPMG around to slide it under the seat.

    Never seen a pilot or loadmaster look so pi$$ed off with anyone before!

    They still completed the exercise however.
    "He is an enemy officer taken in battle and entitled to fair treatment."
    "No, sir. He's a sergeant, and they don't deserve no respect at all, sir. I should know. They're cunning and artful, if they're any good. I wouldn't mind if he was an officer, sir. But sergeants are clever."

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    Quote Originally Posted by morpheus View Post
    Loved flying in them

    My section cracked the one of the lower door window panels of one in coolmoney camp a few years back whilst getting in.

    The lad infront of me , whilst getting on board, cracked the pane as he was swinging the GPMG around to slide it under the seat.

    Never seen a pilot or loadmaster look so pi$$ed off with anyone before!

    They still completed the exercise however.
    Bleedin foot soldiers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by morpheus View Post
    Loved flying in them

    My section cracked the one of the lower door window panels of one in coolmoney camp a few years back whilst getting in.

    The lad infront of me , whilst getting on board, cracked the pane as he was swinging the GPMG around to slide it under the seat.

    Never seen a pilot or loadmaster look so pi$$ed off with anyone before!

    They still completed the exercise however.
    I remember a story of an AIII getting a hole in a window during an army ex, shortly before that a/c was ment to be on static display in the RDS (I think) there wasn't time to fit a replacement window as the sealant wouldn't cure in time to be re painted. The fix was a Perspex square on the inside and outside of the damaged section. It was painted red / yellow to hide the damage and anyone that asked what it was was told it was a sensor! Brilliant
    Wonder was this the same incident?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meatbomb View Post
    I remember a story of an AIII getting a hole in a window during an army ex, shortly before that a/c was ment to be on static display in the RDS (I think) there wasn't time to fit a replacement window as the sealant wouldn't cure in time to be re painted. The fix was a Perspex square on the inside and outside of the damaged section. It was painted red / yellow to hide the damage and anyone that asked what it was was told it was a sensor! Brilliant
    Wonder was this the same incident?
    It that story is from not long after they were delivered

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeV View Post
    It that story is from not long after they were delivered
    Not sure DeV, heard it years ago but still makes me laugh. Ingenuity at it's best.

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    Another one.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Meatbomb View Post
    Still flown in Malta
    Before we get into a love fest for the plucky little Alouette, most air arms still flying them are desperate to be rid of them due to the scarcity of parts and the fact that the manufacturers have them bent over a barrel without lube price wise. Its a dead platform and I've heard of scavenging going on - ringing outfits that have retired them recently to see if they have any parts inventory left.

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    €1.9m even in todays money. One of the best investments ever made.
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    Gus O' Connor fancied our housekeeper and would hover down to 40' in our garden in Clontarf to wave at her if transiting with time and fuel to spare! She eventually married a techie from Bal

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tempest View Post
    Gus O' Connor fancied our housekeeper and would hover down to 40' in our garden in Clontarf to wave at her if transiting with time and fuel to spare! She eventually married a techie from Bal
    And I bet Nanny wasn't too impressed .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laners View Post
    And I bet Nanny wasn't too impressed .
    Not to mention the groundskeeper and the footmen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmiti View Post
    €1.9m even in todays money. One of the best investments ever made.
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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmiti View Post
    €1.9m even in todays money. One of the best investments ever made.
    Yes and no,the longevity meant that replacement dates were pushed out to a point that we could never replace them on a one for one basis based on cost alone
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    Well, that is the trouble with all aircraft, if the avionics are basic, and the powerplant and airframe is well maintained, it can theoretically go on forever, as long as you can source spares. DC3 or AN-2 for example.
    There is however a common illness within the civil service. They would prefer to spend €4.5M a year on maintaining old aircraft/vehicles/equipment, rather than spending €6m on new ones.
    German 1: Private Schnutz, I have bad news for you.
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    SOFEMA still have our old ones.

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