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Old 07 July 2008, 16:30   #1
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How slow they moved in .. then how they powered up on lifting , then the load swung about .....
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I think a Seaking might actually be able to lift it's own weight too. I love the sound of the Chinook!
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I think a Seaking might actually be able to lift it's own weight too. I love the sound of the Chinook!
Most do but not this one
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Chinooks do sound terrificly good, although when you're in one, it's deafening, and not too comfortable!
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Most do but not this one
Clearly I meant in addition to their own!!

Where did they put the blades? I'd heard there were some super dooper new high performance blades for Sea Kings now, what is the difference between them and the old ones?
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I watched this clip again and remembered that the guy on the ground or landing area has to ground the airbourne helecopter first before he can touch the sling, and you can see him hitting the sling first with something before he grabs it. However, the sling looks like Nylon, does the same rule still apply for that ? Are they capable of transmitting some sort of electrostatic charge ?
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Worked on Horse Sands Fort a good many years ago. We had the JAT team and a Chinook for a day of lifting equipment on and off, and have fond memories of 100 MPH dried Pigeon Guano hitting me in the face like hail stones. Was good fun having the tails of guide ropes whipping around in the wind and tying themselfs around the legs as the Chinook lifted the load

Was amazed to see my Cabin still on the West side of the Fort, I thought this Fort had reverted back to the Army.

The hook these people used was a fibreglass pole/hook with a metal core, this had a wire cable comming out the base and just dangled on the floor.
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I love the sound of the Chinook!
I admit they sound great, and most times I smile as they go over.

However, they sometimes fly in low over my house at about midnight before hovering over the calibration waypoint on top of Butser Hill, which is very close to me.
If I've managed to get to bed before then, you wake up with the windows rattling and wondering what the hell is happening.

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