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Old 20 December 2006, 11:09   #11
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How many Chinooks does Brittain have? I thought we short of them...what a machine I'd have been a Helo Pilot but god intervened genetically at an early age.
That reminds me a few years ago a guy I have known for years works on them, he said to me 'I got sent over to the USA for a month to work with there chinook devision, they had many hanger's each filled with chinook's and each hanger's chinook's had a dedicated role, ours would not fill a hanger and we have to strip and rebuild each time' it's not all one sided thou the people I have met are very well trained and the world's best chinook service crew's
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Old 20 December 2006, 13:09   #12
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I have often considered this. I live under the Chinnok flightpath for Odiham/Lineham and we get quite a few each day crossing over. Never seen one with a RIB on it yet. Would be worried if i did.
is that lyneham or somewhere different?
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Alot are based at Yeovilton now, often see them charging along the coastline here. during the summer I was sat in the RIB just off the shore and out of nowhere one came along the coast but was beneath the cliff top and hidden against the bracken and greenery of the cliff..... scared the life out of me! could only have been 100ft up. awesome noise!
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Simon,

I have often considered this. I live under the Chinnok flightpath for Odiham/Lineham and we get quite a few each day crossing over. Never seen one with a RIB on it yet. Would be worried if i did.
I'd be worried. They do have an unenviable reputation for dropping out of the sky, and are often not popular with the crews. Assuming that all helicopters defy the laws of physics (by rights they should screw themselves into the ground) the stresses two rotors places on an airframe are incredible.

Having said that, when they work they're superb and load carrying capability is incredible.
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I'd be worried. They do have an unenviable reputation for dropping out of the sky, and are often not popular with the crews. Assuming that all helicopters defy the laws of physics (by rights they should screw themselves into the ground) the stresses two rotors places on an airframe are incredible.
The crashes have mostly been caused by gearbox failure (at least the ones here in the last 20 odd years have) which on a chopper with rotors which cross over with each other is generally a bad thing... one expensive bang is closely followed by a bigger one and then you start descending rapidly due to a lack of rotor blades....

I've met quite a few Chinook crew over the years and they all seemed to love it though
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