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MarkdipXV711

"Navy 709 .. Flexops due " Sea King has 6 - XV711 ( circa 1996) - 819 NAS

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Just a couple of photos to show the interior of a duplicate Mk6, I'm building for an oppo who wants a Sea King built, but this time as XV655 or Navy 701. This build will be the same as XV711 but with a few added extras for the interior. It will not ( or rather could not ) be up to the standard of EX-FAAWAU's amazing and sublime current Has.mk5 build as I do not have the expertise nor the patience :rage:.It won't have as much PE as XV711 and I may have to revert to a rivet wheel but I'm sure it will be an adventure and my mate should be happy with it. All the best. Cheers 

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Just read this thread Mark, quite amazing stuff. 

 

I wanted to congratulate your superb original model of what has to be one of the most amazing aircraft (OK it's a helicopter, but it ranks against all airborne bodies for me) ever constructed. I built a handful many years ago (1/72) and since taking up the hobby again, I intend to build more. I have two in the stash already (one 1/72 and one 1/48). Threads like this one always attract excellent comment and banter, along with some very interesting and sometimes hairy tales from the professionals who were there at the time. 

 

I have been following @Ex-FAAWAFUs Sea King build with relish, and it's great to see you have started a your second one so I can watch this too! I recently had a chance to re-kindle my love affair with this aircraft at Farnborough 2018 when one of these appeared in the static park. This organisation regularly beats a path over my house when flying along the coast east from Portland. For those interested I have 20 plus shots of this one which I'll load up into the Walkaround section soon. There are also quite a few of a Brazilian Lynx and a Norwegian Merlin which were at the show.

 

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Carry on that man!

 

Terry

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That is Damien (XV666) himself - a serious veteran which must have a ridiculous number of airframe hours on it by now.  Still looking pretty sharp for a person of his advanced years.

 

Several of the Heliops boys are contemporaries of mine from the RN Seaking world, and it’s great that they’re keeping the beast alive now that it has finally gone from UK service (the ASaC 7s retired last week, so all gone now).

 

[Helicopters are definitely aircraft!  They aren’t aeroplanes / airplanes, but 100% aircraft]

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Good spot on the serial guys, the devil himself.............. I will definitely put the rest in the walkaround!

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XV666: part of the initial order of 56 HAS1 aircraft (XV642 - XV677 & XV695 - XV714: don't know why there was a gap in serials).

 

Issued to 826NAS July 1970 as 144/E.  The last aircraft to launch from HMS Eagle: used to take off the towing crew when she was towed to the breakers in October 1978.

 

Converted to HAS2 November 1978.  Issued to 846NAS (yes, really) as part of their conversion to Seakings in preparation for the HC4.  

 

Spent time with 824NAS (1980 - 82) & 706NAS (1982 - 85), including a loan to 737NAS at Portland.  

 

Converted to HAS5 November 1985.  Issued to 814NAS (Illustrious) 1987, then to 771NAS 1988.  

 

Spent the rest of her career as a SAR cab at Culdrose with 771NAS, though occasional forays to Gannet SAR Flight after 819NAS disbanded and 771NAS took on all RN SAR parenting.  At some stage the sonar was taken out and the aircraft became a full-on SAR-specialised cab - only later did people start calling it HU5.   That term wasn't officially in use during my time at 819NAS (1994-96): we had one SAR cab (XV670/710/PW) without sonar, and used one of our 8 HAS6 aircraft for SAR if the Mk 5 was u/s.

 

She still belongs to the Navy, but is being operated by Heli Operations at Portland to train German SAR Seaking crews, and for other support tasking to the RN.  

 

So a workhorse for more than 48 years and still going strong.  Legendary in the SAR world, having flown with 771 for the best part of 30 years and God only knows how many "shouts".

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On 10/6/2018 at 12:35 PM, MarkdipXV711 said:

This aircraft would be " Damien " due to the 666 aircraft identifier number. Looking forward to the photos 👌👍

Hi Mark. I just noticed Julian has uploaded my pics of XV666 in the Walk around section. It was not parked in an ideal spot for a thorough Walk around but they aren't too bad. Enjoy.

 

Terry

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Ah yes, XV666's pilot Nick was kind enough to show me around the aircraft at Farnborough.  Sitting in the cockpit brought back memories  - and a degree of shock at how antiquated it all seemed!  Back in the day, it was all I knew...

Jon

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Antiquated?  That’s 1970s electronics in a 1950s airframe; cutting edge, my boy, cutting edge!

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The other airframe is called "Dara", being named after the Irish SAR Capt lost last year(?).

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On 06/10/2018 at 16:26, Ex-FAAWAFU said:

At some stage the sonar was taken out and the aircraft became a full-on SAR-specialised cab - only later did people start calling it HU5.   That term wasn't officially in use during my time at 819NAS (1994-96): we had one SAR cab (XV670/710/PW) without sonar, and used one of our 8 HAS6 aircraft for SAR if the Mk 5 was u/s.

 

Pig of a job! Blooming Sonar gear was covered in hyd fluid, sonar tx's used to have puddles of the stuff on the top of them.  We either took the body out the cab or more often we used the pit in the other hangar and drop it into its cradle.

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