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  • ukmams
    Senior Member
    • Jan 2000
    • 132

    Another Mystery Photo

    Seeing I had a good response to the previous Mystery Photo, have a looksee at this one below. It looks like the tail end of a helicopter, whith it's engine loose on the ramp of the Hercules.

    Guess away...

    Scotty

    http://ukmams-oba.lweb.net/Mystery10.jpg

    Cheers to Tony at http://ukmams-oba.lweb.net
  • Bob
    Bob
    Aerophile
    • Jan 2000
    • 3656

    #2
    RE: Another Mystery Photo

    A Westland Scout by any chance???
    Under my gruff exterior lies an even gruffer interior...

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    • ukmams
      Senior Member
      • Jan 2000
      • 132

      #3
      RE: Another Mystery Photo

      Could be, shape of tail boom is looking that way. Answers on the back of a fiver please to.......

      ;-)

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      • coanda
        Senior Member
        • Jan 2000
        • 2306

        #4
        RE: Another Mystery Photo

        scout or wasp!!!!

        coanda

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        • ukmams
          Senior Member
          • Jan 2000
          • 132

          #5
          RE: Another Mystery Photo

          OK chaps, you win. You're too good at this. Unfortunately I don't have any info on which it is, but my guess is a wasp as there is no floor protection on the Herc to avoid damage from the skids of a scout.

          Scotty

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          • Bob
            Bob
            Aerophile
            • Jan 2000
            • 3656

            #6
            RE: Another Mystery Photo

            Ah, but didn't the Scout have little drop down wheels attached to the skids? (he states in a desperate attempt to win something in his life!!!)
            Under my gruff exterior lies an even gruffer interior...

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            • whalebone
              Hanging by a thread
              • Jan 2000
              • 1010

              #7
              RE: Another Mystery Photo

              Don't think its a Wasp as they only had a single horizontal stabiliser on one side of the tail. Might not be a Scout either as although it had a twin stabiliser each had a small vertical oval shaped component at the tip, these are not visible in the photo and I wouldnt imagine they would require removal for transportation. Any "older" C130 loadmasters out there to confirm this ?
              Regards to all, Phil.A.
              I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them."

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              • Steve Bond
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Jan 2000
                • 1807

                #8
                RE: Another Mystery Photo

                It's a Whirlwind. The giveaways are the cockpit glazing all wrapped up in the foreground, the stabilisers, the three-bladed rotor hub and you can just make out the rear fuselage fairings in the gloom.

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                • tonydyer
                  Senior Member
                  • Jan 2000
                  • 216

                  #9
                  RE: Another Mystery Photo

                  Not to mention the huge gearbox!

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                  • ukmams
                    Senior Member
                    • Jan 2000
                    • 132

                    #10
                    RE: Another Mystery Photo

                    This is great. Move over Who wants to be a millionaire!!
                    My first thoughts were Whirlwind, however the hight even with the rotar head removed would be too high (?!). We used to struggle loading Gazelles. Even for a Lynx we had a fight on our hands when it came to loading them. From what I can remember, clearance hight was only 8 feet. Could be wrong - I left Hercs behind 5 1/2 years ago.

                    Scotty

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                    • Steve Bond
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Jan 2000
                      • 1807

                      #11
                      RE: Another Mystery Photo

                      I stand by Whirlwind. I have seen one inside a Herk in the past, and it is certainly a very tight fit. Not only does the rotor head and gearbox have to come off, but so does the cockpit frame and the undercarriage.

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                      • ukmams
                        Senior Member
                        • Jan 2000
                        • 132

                        #12
                        RE: Another Mystery Photo

                        [font size="1" color="#FF0000"]LAST EDITED ON 19-09-01 AT 02:29 PM (GMT)[/font][p]Steve, you're just too good at this.

                        Any good at spotting which airfield certain hanger doors belong to? Try this one, nice hole in the door:

                        http://ukmams-oba.lweb.net/Mystery03.jpg

                        Thanks to Tony at http://ukmams-oba.lweb.net

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                        • SteveYoung
                          Senior Member
                          • Jan 2000
                          • 3867

                          #13
                          RE: Another Mystery Photo

                          Looks like a Nimrod fuselage cross section. Doubt if it's St Mawgan or Kinloss though, as the groundies are in shorts. How about Luqa?

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                          • coanda
                            Senior Member
                            • Jan 2000
                            • 2306

                            #14
                            RE: Another Mystery Photo

                            in a flash of insperation could it possibly be a sycamore with the end of the tail removed just before the vertical, the transparency shape would match!!!!

                            coanda

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                            • SteveYoung
                              Senior Member
                              • Jan 2000
                              • 3867

                              #15
                              RE: Another Mystery Photo

                              Sorry, just realised that isn't a groundie in shorts, it's just the light showing on his trouser legs. Don't I feel stupid now?

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                              • Bob
                                Bob
                                Aerophile
                                • Jan 2000
                                • 3656

                                #16
                                RE: Another Mystery Photo

                                Haven't got a clue but reckon the person who lashed the ground genny down needs some more practice.
                                Under my gruff exterior lies an even gruffer interior...

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                                • David J Burke
                                  Senior Member
                                  • Jan 2000
                                  • 475

                                  #17
                                  RE: Another Mystery Photo

                                  Looks like Akrotiri to me.

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                                  • ukmams
                                    Senior Member
                                    • Jan 2000
                                    • 132

                                    #18
                                    RE: Another Mystery Photo

                                    The ground generator, a Houchin, was being loaded onto the aircraft. The accident occurred when one of the loading team placed a chock against one of the front steering wheels as the Houchin rolled down the ramp of the C130.

                                    Scotty

                                    Ps. It wasn't me - I wasn't that stupid!

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                                    • Steve Bond
                                      Rank 5 Registered User
                                      • Jan 2000
                                      • 1807

                                      #19
                                      RE: Another Mystery Photo

                                      All I can work out is that the hangar construction does not conform to any standard RAF type or any more recent type that I've seen at an RAF station in the UK.

                                      Sorry Coanda, but it really is a Whirlwind. The Sycamore tail boom and tail-skid confirguration are very different, and it does not have twin stabilisers. The cockpit glazing is also very different.

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                                      • ukmams
                                        Senior Member
                                        • Jan 2000
                                        • 132

                                        #20
                                        RE: Another Mystery Photo

                                        I agree it's not a sycamore.

                                        OK we'll go for Whirlwind.

                                        As for the hanger door???? It's certainly a strange one, the only other info about the photo is that it was taken sometime in the 90's.

                                        New photo to follow.

                                        Scotty

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