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  • SPECIALIST FLYING TRAINING Ltd.

    G-ICRU cont……



    I always wondered if the letters ICRU did mean something. Given Warmco’s other aircraft registrations are more obvious, perhaps ICRU is some sort of heating system related acronym!

    I only read the AAIB report very recently. Any sloping ground training at Carlisle airport could be compared to mountaineering in Norfolk! At the time, I was told that the student made contact with an ‘airfield obstruction’ during too low a hover taxi. Whether or not he was allowed to continue his training, I do not know, but I remember he received praise for continuing to pull all the circuit breakers, as the fire crews were trying to pull him from the wreck.

    Being written off in May 84 was made even worse given that she had only just completed an annual inspection in March.



    G-ICRU during her annual inspection in Feb 84.


    nosco
    Last edited by noscoavia; 11th June 2017, 19:17.

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    • Helipixman
      Helipixman commented
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      I always thought that ICRU was a play on 'Icy are You' for a Warmco company !

      But the owner told me that he is a wine lover and that the registration stands fo No.1 CRU as in a great/fine wine, the best !

      Hope this helps.

      Helipixman

    • noscoavia
      noscoavia commented
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      #1 vintage!.... 35 year mystery solved, thank you (and the previous owner) very much!

      Cheers,
      nosco

  • SPECIALIST FLYING TRAINING Ltd

    Bell 206A G-BBFE sn 29

    G-BBFE seen in mid-1984, running up just outside the SFT Ops building. The SFT hangar, just to the left, was draughty, invariably damp and very cold in winter. It was dismantled when Haughey Air built a new facility on the site in 2007.



    BBFE, along with G- AVTE, were acquired by SFT via Heli-Leeds and with G-ICRU they constituted the ´originals´ that John Davy started the SFT Iraqi training contract with.

    ´Buffy´ as she was often known, was at times the least serviceable aircraft in the company! To add insult to injury, she had a terrible paint job.

    In July 83, I took a rather poor grainy photo of a masked-off BBFE. I’m not sure what sort of paint scheme she had with Heli-Leeds, but for some reason she was required to be repainted. One of the staff members had convinced ‘someone’ that he knew how to spray paint, however the end result was very poor.



    Early 1985 saw BBFE declared surplus to requirements, advertised for sale and dispatched southbound on a trailer destined for Heliwork. Looking at the CAA registration card, Heliwork must have converted her to ´B´ model spec at that time. She went on to have a surprisingly long subsequent career. Having started off originally as ZS-HCD in South Africa and then 9J-ADT in Zambia, from Heliwork she went to Spain as EC-EFE and then finally to Curacao as PJ-PLD. She was written off in March 2002 after getting entangled with a kite, reportedly while being used by the Police.

    G-AVTE Bell 206A sn 66

    I will make mention of G-AVTE at this point, as she was the only 206 in the SFT fleet that I never got a photo of. She was unfortunately destroyed very early into the contract, on 25 Sept 83.

    There are some shots of AVTE displayed earlier in this thread.

    nosco
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    • Savoia
      Savoia commented
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      Some interesting history there Nosco, grazie!

  • Morefly Bell 205A-1 LN-OPC sn30232


    Taken March 1989, Bristow Redhill.

    OPC arrived January 89 for sheet metal repairs to the MGB oil-cooler bay area, having accidentally landed on a tree stump. From Alesund Norway, she had flown to Goteborg Sweden and then took the ferry to Felixstowe UK.



    Later sold to become HB-XXD, she was destroyed 17/10/91 when the rotor separated during an external load operation.

    nosco

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    • Savoia
      Savoia commented
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      Some lovely and unique nostalgia there Nosco!

      Sad about her demise.

      Do you happen to remember whether Bristow's operated the 205 in the UK at all?

    • noscoavia
      noscoavia commented
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      I've never heard of any Bristow 205 being used in the UK . They were mainly used in the tropics.Indonesia,Iran,Egypt and Trinidad come to mind.

  • Bell UH-1H G-HUEY sn13560



    When this aircraft first arrived in the UK, Bristow provided some assistance in its return to airworthiness. She then made occasional visits to Redhill, as in this shot.

    During early 1990, she spent some time in the main hangar assisting in a trial installation fit of a Bristow 212 lightweight float kit. Some of these kits were subsequently sold to the South Korean Navy, as a modification for their UH-1H’s.

    nosco

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    • Savoia
      Savoia commented
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      Lovely stuff Nosco!

      I had some dealings with Chris Fry in the late 80's early 90's and who was based at 'Redders' but not much contact with anyone else there except a couple of friends who attended induction courses between 88-92.

    • noscoavia
      noscoavia commented
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      The late 80’s to early 90’s were a transition time at Redhill, being just after Mr B relinquished the reins and just before everything went Aberdeen-centric.

      The variety and number of aircraft that went through the hangar was impressive and made it an interesting place to be.

      The Fry family [3 generations] have been part of the Bristow story from start to current.

  • HELIKOPTER SERVICES A/S BELL 212 LN-OQD sn 30775



    Seen post maintenance outside the Redhill Main Hangar, January 1989.

    Unusual for a major industry competitor to give work to the opposition, but the HKS hangar must have been busy with other things! The missing red paint on the various panels was how she returned to Norway [paint probably not being part of the contract!].

    Later sold to Spain, she spent many years fire fighting as EC-GIC.

    Written-off near Albacete 30/9/2011, when she collided with another 212 [CC-CIS sn 30932].

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    • Savoia
      Savoia commented
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      Fantastico Nosco!

      As you say, such a unique visitor to Redhill.



  • Bristow Helicopters Bell 206A 5N-AOU sn464



    Photo taken Feb 1990 inside the Bristow hangar, Lagos Airport, Nigeria.

    AOU was receiving attention to some corrosion in the lower ‘bathtub’ area.

    Better known as G-BAUN, she was later modified up to B-model status, at Redhill in the early 90’s.

    Eventually sold, she became G-OAMI and appears to have suffered a heavy landing incident near Wycombe on 10 Feb 2016.

    nosco

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  • BRISTOW AGUSTA-BELL AB206A 5N-AHM sn8016



    AHM inside the Bristow Lagos Airport hangar, June 1989.

    Despite missing some dynamic components, calendar maintenance of the floats continued.

    Originally G-AVSW, later modified to ‘B’ model status and sold, she now still flies as VH-UOA.

    nosco

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    • Savoia
      Savoia commented
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      'SW' was the sixth JetRanger to be delivered to the UK in July/August 1967, so a true classic.

      Intriguing to see only the starboard float inflated!

      Some great nostalgia Nosco, grazie!

  • BRISTOW AGUSTA-BELL 206B G-AVII sn8011



    Photos taken August 1990 in the Bristow hangar at North Denes Aerodrome, Great Yarmouth.

    AVII was a long time member of the Bristow fleet, serving from 1967 to 2009, mostly in the role as an IFR trainer.



    She was last based at Norwich and before being sold, was trucked up to Aberdeen and ‘civilianised’ by PDG at their then Kintore facility.

    Now flying in Australia, as VH-OKS.

    nosco

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    • Bristow Flying Training School Hangar, Redhill, October 1988



      Agusta-Bell AB206B G-AWMK sn8073

      MK is still active on the UK register, despite suffering serious incidents in 92 and 97. She flies these days as G-GAND.

      Bell 206B G-BLVV sn274

      As with sn’s 8011 and 8016, now to be found down under, as VH-BEK.

      Lurking at the back, are WS55 Srs3 pair, G-AODA AND G-AYNP.

      The B47G-4A tail rotor in the foreground belongs to G-AXKU, now known as G-MASH.

      The BHL FTS 47’s were then only very recently retired and stored, since their replacement by R22’s in the basic trainer role.

      nosco

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      • Savoia
        Savoia commented
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        Some wonderful shots there Nosco, bravo!

    • Bristow Bell214ST LZ-CAW sn28109



      Taken outside the ‘Old heavies’ Hangar on the Bristow Ramp, Aberdeen 1995, prior to a Black Sea contract off Bulgaria.
      Much better known as G-BKFN, she is a true survivor, with a long history including two major incidents in 1985 and 86.
      I cannot recall many helicopter ditchings that have resulted in the aircraft being eventually returned to service, but FoxNoddy was one.

      The residents of Aberdeen and its surrounding ‘shires’ were probably relieved the ST fleet was not larger, as its awesome sound was not appreciated by most!

      Sister ships BMDU, BKJD and BKFP departed for good in 1990, 1997 and 2000 respectively.

      BKFN retired from the North Sea Ops in 2007, going on to earn a living as C-GDYZ, servicing the NORAD DEW Line in Canada’s Arctic.

      nosco

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      • MHS Aviation SA330J 9M-SSJ sn1586 Miri, Sarawak February 1993



        Then soon to be replaced by the longer range AS332L, the Miri SA330’s [with DHC-6’s feeding their forward operating bases] supported Shell/Petronas offshore ops in the South China Sea.

        The other 330’s at Miri had much larger weather radar installations. SSJ’s comparatively diminutive radome originated from being fitted out in Texas. She was flown for a time as G-BKAI, in the early 80’s.



        9M-SSD’s Marignane radome installation compared.

        nosco

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        • Ah Nosco, some lovely nostalgia, great stuff!

          The 214ST really was quite extraordinary. I remember seeing a large model of the craft (a concept at that time) displayed by Bell at Farnborough in the late 70's and thinking wow, what a beast!

          You can read some of my thoughts about the 214ST here in a piece I wrote about Bell Helicopter a while back somewhere else.


          G-BKFN swimming in the North Sea in May 1986 following the failure of her collective control locking plate

          You mention C-GDYZ, and I 'think' this is a clip of her taken just three years ago:


          More recently Erickson Air Crane repainted their ST, and this is what she looks like now, this filmed just last month:


          Also, thrown in for good measure, is a clip of this ST which visited Air Park South in Missouri in the early 90's. The clip shows just how clean the 214's start was!


          And the last one for now, Nosco perhaps you can clarify, was this necessary because the ST didn't have a rotorbrake?


          While a somewhat gawky craft, the 214ST produced the epitome of the 'Bell slap' and could be heard for many miles before she became visible. All great stuff of course for the helicopter enthusiast but not, as Nosco mentions, especially appreciated by local residents.

          Regarding Pumas, one of the companies I flew for in PNG operated three 330J's, one of which I am fairly sure had the smaller radome, much neater (methinks) than the Marignane affair.

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          • noscoavia
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            Sav

            Holding the blade as shown by the heli-deck crewman, was a technique to prevent the blades sailing too much, during high wind starts. Mast bumping would occur if the sailing got too severe. Tail boom contact was also a possibility, if things got too out of hand! All the ST’s I came across had a rotor brake fitted.

            Despite the low production run and the economics of, they always seemed very popular with clients, pax and crews alike. I’ve yet to meet anyone involved with them, outside of noise abatement, who doesn’t have a good memory of the type.

            Erickson MRO now handle the 214 product support functions, Bell seemingly having abdicated all interest in the model.

            Bell did employ the penultimate built, ex-HKS/CHC Statfjord B SAR machine LN-OMM, to flight test the new Bell 525 4-bladed rotor system, until it was destroyed during flight testing 5 years ago this week.

            Smokey start ups by CT7’s can still to be seen on S92’s. The general amount of soot around the jet pipe area gives the impression of it almost being a ‘coal burner’.

            nosco

          • Savoia
            Savoia commented
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            Grazie Nosco!

            Regarding the ST, is it possible that the crewman was preventing blade 'flapping' specifically (as opposed to sailing or 'windmilling') otherwise wouldn't holding the blade with the brake have been sufficient?

            Very interesting to learn that Erickson are taking over product support. I can only imagine that this will be of benefit to operators.

            Concerning LN-OMM, this was tragic.

          • noscoavia
            noscoavia commented
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            Flapping, yes more correct. Mast bump prevention is still the reason though.

        • MHS Aviation Bell412SP 9M-SSM sn33188, Miri Airport, Sarawak, April 1993



          After Malaysia, this craft worked in India before acquisition by Agrarflug. A spell followed being South African registered and included a supporting role in the West Africa Ebola crisis.

          #33188 is now to be found as a hard working fire fighter in Spain, as EC-MLG of INAER [or more correctly, Babcock MCS España, their current catchy new title].

          nosco

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          • Savoia
            Savoia commented
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            Great stuff Nosco!

            She seems like a well utilised craft.

            Much nicer to fly than the 205/212.

        • B205 Skid Change!

          Q: What do you do when you need to effect a skid change .. but there are no gantries, cranes or jacks to hand?

          A:



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          • noscoavia
            noscoavia commented
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            An example of ‘out of the box’ thinking, not always appreciated these days!

            There once was a Bristow 212 based at Broadford on the Isle of Skye [Torpedo recovery contract in the 1980’s], that during a skid change sustained damage.

            The story goes that while using a truck based crane, the mechanism slipped and the 212 hit the ground hard. The crane driver is said to have commented, ‘It’s never done that before!’

          • Savoia
            Savoia commented
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            The crane driver is said to have commented, ‘It’s never done that before!’ - Lol, brilliant!

        • DAW Bell 206B DU103 sn1193 Dubai, Feb 1999



          For an offshore powerboat race [I think] this camera kit turned up, supplied by a company from the UK.

          Previously used camera installations I had seen, were more akin to a FLIR style turret, but this monster looked like one of the original Heli-tele style systems.

          nosco

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          • Savoia
            Savoia commented
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            It does indeed look similar to the Hele-tele!

            Looks like the DAW always kept their craft fairly clean.



        • Barclay Brothers S-76A+ 2-BYDF (formerly G-BYDF) (cn760364) as seen at Denham on 16th August 2017 (Photo: Brian Nichols)

          This craft was once crewed and maintained by Bristows.

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          • SE313B Alouette II (1648) EI-AUI as seen while shooting aerials for movie 'The Flame is Love' in 1979

            This was originally a 'BEAS' bird (G-BANR) before being sold to Irish Helicopters in June 1974. The craft returned to the UK in May 1980 to fly with Peter Allwork's 'Aerial Camera Systems'. The craft was then registered as G-FILM but tragically perished in Croatia in May 1982 while filming the movie 'High Road to China.'

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            • Bell 47G G-AWRZ (cn. 7832) as seen on the A944 in the village of Bellabeg in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire in 1974

              James McIntosh who worked for Yellow Bird Air Services at the time of the above photo states:

              We were contracted to spread fertiliser on young trees on the Isle of Mull and as the helicopter was due a service, myself and American pilot Don Ambabo decided to head to Strathdon for the weekend and carry out the service there, before we flew to Mull.

              Assisted by a local policeman, the pair landed on the road on the Friday evening before wheeling the helicopter to the cover of the local garage. During the weekend, they serviced and washed down the helicopter with the help of fellow Lonach Highlander Archibald Stuart.

              When they manoeuvred it back out on Monday morning for take-off, things didn’t quite go to plan. We wheeled the chopper out onto the road and went to fire up the engine and there was nothing.

              It was a piston-driven engine which can sometimes be difficult to start, especially after being hosed down and cleaned. Knowing that the local bus and other folks would be needing past soon we had to act quickly. As the battery on the helicopter was fairly small, a car can jump-start it – so I hijacked my father’s Rover.

              There were a few bemused drivers and some of the locals were peering out their doors to watch proceedings. It’s not every day a helicopter uses the main road through Strathdon as a helipad.

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              • Irish Helicopters MBB Bo105C EI-BDI as seen in Bantry Square, County Cork, in 1979 (Photo: Ronald Searle)

                This craft was involved in supporting the first European parliamentary elections held in June 1979, and was used by one electioneering politician who landed in the middle of Bantry Square.

                I have a black and white photo of BDI load-lifting just off O'Connell St. in Dublin which I shall post anon.

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                • DAW Agusta-Bell 206B DU102 sn8090. Dubai, July 1992.



                  Ramp scene with DU102 running down, post flight.

                  The original print allows identification of the Bolkow, as DU105, sn S434.
                  This craft was sold in 1996 to Irish Helicopters, who used it on the lighthouse contract, as EI-LIT.
                  Retired in 2011, she now resides in the Dublin Institute of Technology.

                  Sister ships 106 [S546] and 107[S547] went to Finland, as OH-HCC and HCD respectively.

                  The C-130’s shared ramp space, as their hangar was next door. Individual 206’s were occasionally shipped to Kenya and Pakistan, in the C-130’s, to take part in hunting party expeditions.



                  nosco

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                  • Savoia
                    Savoia commented
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                    Lovely stuff Nosco!

                • Helicopter Hire

                  Hangar and ramp area, Southend Airport early 1986.



                  From near to far:

                  Bell 206 sn1101 G-BBCA, still wearing Harvest Air titles.

                  Bell 206 sn1232 G-BBUY.

                  Bell 47G-2A-1 sn3294 G-WYTE.

                  nosco

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                  • Savoia
                    Savoia commented
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                    Some lovely nostalgia there Nosco, bravo!

                    My late godfather knew John Crewdson and Gill Aldham pretty well. In fact John bought Ferranti's Westland Widgeon from him in the early 70's.

                    I knew G-BBUY from her brief time with Air Anglia. According to Denissimo (Dennis Kenyon) she passed through his hands at some point, perhaps after her time with HH, I am note sure.

                    Regarding G-BBCA, she was originally a Ben Turner bird (a company of which my godfather was a director). From Ben Turner she went to Hambros Bank (for whom my godfather consulted) and some time after that she flew with Air Hanson. Three or so years before your photo, I had occasion to charter G-BBCA several times (from HH in Southend) to cover a number of jobs for my godfather while he was travelling.

                    I have a nice photo of G-BBCA while she was with Hambros (she wore the same blue and white scheme as Hambros fist JetRanger, G-AWOM ) and which I will post at some point.

                    I don't know very much about Harvest Air, are you able to say anything about this outfit?

                • Harvest Air Ltd




                  Formed by Nigel Brendish in the mid 70’s and originally an Ag-Air company using a diverse collection of aircraft.
                  By the early 80’s the fleet now included distinctive yellow/black check tailed BN2 Islanders and C-47 Dakotas, engaged in marine pollution control, under contract to the Dept of Transport.
                  The 206 was part of the fleet, briefly, as was ex Icelandic coastguard Bell 47G-2A-1 G-BJFI [ex TF-HUG. G-WYTE being ex TF-MUN].

                  Southend Airport had a long history of Ag-AirOps with Ladislav Marmol’s ADS Aerial ltd and some of the HA people were from ADS.
                  Helicopter-Hire Ltd had an association with HA via their movie work. Nigel flew in the 007 film ‘For your eyes only,’ where he strafes a yacht in a HA Cessna 185 Amphibian.
                  By coincidence, 25 September marks the 30th anniversary of his death while flying Cessna 150 Aerobat G-XUSA.


                  nosco

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                  • Savoia
                    Savoia commented
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                    Fantastic, grazie Nosco!

                • CHC-SHS

                  AS332L G-BKZG sn2106 Aberdeen Airport. 28 Feb 2001.




                  A long serving North Sea aircraft spanning British Airways Helicopters, BIH and SHS/CHC, shown here on a snowy winter’s day.

                  2012 saw ‘ZG’ starting a new career with the Armada de Chile, along with colleague G-PUME sn2091.

                  nosco

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                  • Savoia
                    Savoia commented
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                    Lovely stuff Nosco. One of the very first BAH Pumas (I think).

                • CHC AS332L G-PUML sn2073.Aberdeen Airport 6 April 2001.



                  CHC titled but still in Bond red, ‘ML’ became D-HEGI, one of a batch of ex North Sea SUPER Puma’s that were bought by the Bundespolizei in the mid-2000’s, as replacements for their SA330 Puma’s.

                  nosco

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                  • Savoia
                    Savoia commented
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                    Great shot Nosco!

                • Seeing as Nosco mentioned the 330 ..


                  Britsow AS330J Puma, G-BERG, c.1977

                  Unfortunately I don't have a location for this shot.

                  The craft appears to be wearing the name 'Delphinius'.

                  The company I flew for in PNG operated three 330J's (ex-PHI birds).

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                  • Bell 212 EI-BAM (cn 30655) as seen at Cork on 14th April 1979 (Photo: Ray Barber)


                    Bell 212 EI-BFH (cn 30878) as seen at Cork on 14th April 1979 (Photo: Ray Barber)


                    Bell 212 EI-BFH (cn 30878) as seen at Cork on 14th April 1979 (Photo: Ray Barber)

                    I flew into the IH base at Cork several times in 1979. They were building a new apron at the time.

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                    • More from the Emerald Isle ..


                      Mick Hennessy of Irish Helicopters slings a piano atop Blarney Castle using a Bölkow on 24th October 1985 as part of the festivities surrounding the Cork Jazz Festival (Photo: Eddie O'Hare)

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                      • Thanks for posting up those old images of Irish Helicopters' helicopters, Sav! The BO105 with the piano is more than likely EI-BLD as -BDI had left the fleet at that point.

                        500 Fan.

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                        • Savoia
                          Savoia commented
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                          Grazie 500 Fan!

                          Now that you're back I shall post some 500 shots on the Hughes thread which I've been meaning to post!
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