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Report - Westland Wessex - June 2012

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Happyshopper, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. Happyshopper

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    After seeing Havoc and Pixies reports I really had to go and see the Wessex since it's so close to me and pretty damn intact. I spent a good hour on Google maps trying to spot it before they both pointed out that it hasn't been there long enough to show on the satellite view :wanker

    Anyway, I turned up and started to go for a mooch across the fields, which was nice. Makes a change. Yeah. Then after a few minutes I found myself up to my armpits in thistles and nettles - Bug take note, shorts are a bad idea! I eventually got to the Wessex a good hour after leaving the car, taking a ridiculously roundabout route. Still, I made it.

    I wasn't exactly looking forward to the return journey though.

    Havoc put up a better history than I ever will, really interesting stuff. I won't steal it all since it's only a click away, but to summarise the Wessex was first flown 4th November 1964, and made it's final flight May 2007.



    It must get fairly regular attention as someone has tied the blades back. I took a straight shot but didn't notice a huger than huge daisy obscuring the whole front of the helicopter :banghead


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    I went for the juicy bits first and climbed straight into the cockpit, where I immediately got a nasty surprise when the door came off in my hand! Tripod in one hand and door in the other, I climbed carefully back down in the nice strong winds to place it on the floor. And start again.


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    I obviously wasn't playing with any of the switches and buttons. Oh no.


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    Right, back outside....


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    At this point I remembered there was the crew area inside which I hadn't even thought about :crazy


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    Right, I guess that's it, better go for another cross country jaunt back to the car...

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