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  • Savoia
    started a topic The Rotary Nostalgia Thread

    The Rotary Nostalgia Thread




    As I was saying ..


    South Western Electricity Board Agusta-Bell 206A JetRanger G-AVYX as seen at Blackbushe Aerodrome on 14th September 1970 (Photo: Ad Vercruijse)

    This 206 I affectionately refer to as 'Black Sox' because of her black 'feet or socks' (skids) which actually remind me of a Suffolk sheep and in tribute to Charles 'Sox' Hosegood who pioneered SWEB's helicopter unit. SWEB's last 206 was in fact named 'Spirit of Sox'.

    Sox Hosegood was a test pilot with the Bristol Aeroplane Company together with my godfather. The two remained good friends over many years.

    G-AVYX was the 12th JetRanger delivered to the UK from Agusta and was purchased from new by SWEB. She was officially registered with the CAA on 28th November 1967.


    The Suffolk sheep which remind me of G-AVYX


  • Savoia
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    Okay, nice one!

  • Helipixman
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    Looking at Log book it was G-ODIG, the company had also not long obtained G-IANG a LongRanger

  • Savoia
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    Well well .. you've done it again Elipix! I can't remember just how long I've been asking you about G-JUMP, but its got to be going on five years now. Bravo amico! This is lovely to see.

    This was almost certainly taken within her first year of delivery, for she would go on to highs (high skids) I think by her second year.

    What a joy to see this craft again, especially after waiting so many years for a photo to emerge .. grazie mille Elipix !!!

    G-JUMP belonged to Douglas Bunn (founder of the Hickstead All England Jumping Course). Dougie received G-JUMP in June '78 as a replacement for his existing 206A (later upgraded to a 'B') which was none other than the 'Dancer' G-AYTF. The Dancer would later be bought by Colin Chapman (Team Lotus) and which was when I began to fly her.

    Dougie's son Jonathan bought a former RAF Gazelle (WA1228) in 2001 which became G-BXZE, but which he sadly pranged the following year at Hickstead while contending with the Gazelle's 'Tail Swing Bite'.

    Bristow used to perform the maintenance on the Dancer as well as G-JUMP.

  • Helipixman
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    G-JUMP

    The picture below is such a rare shot, found by a good friend at Tang photos. Its taken at Redhill.....and so far I think the only photograph that exists of this JetRanger.

    Photo with thanks to Tang Photos

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  • Savoia
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    Very nice, even when stuck into a tattie! Had you used a neep it could have been a tribute to Roy Neep, an engineer who worked with Dollar after whom the JetRanger G-NEEP was named!

    IIRC, Dollar briefly operated a 500 in the early 80's in the form of G-BEJY.

  • Helipixman
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    Rotary Memorabilia

    A couple of Pin badges. The first one I recieved from Dollar Helicopters, the second one a Hughes 500 looks like its the same scheme so possibly aimed at Dollar Helicopters. Sadly I cannot remember where I got the Hughes 500 from ? Excuse the background it was easiest to stick them into a potato !




    Helipixman

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  • Helipixman
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    I will have to look at my Log book, thats one of the many days we landed there. Probably G-ODIG

  • Helipixman
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    Looks possible for Old Warden.

  • Savoia
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    Lovely shot Elipix. I wonder if this was at Old Warden?

  • Savoia
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    That photo of G-COAL certainly evokes some memories, having landed in that same spot at the Heathrow Post House more times than I can remember.

    Nice to see car parks being used 'properly'. Do you happen to know the identity of the 206 hiding behind G-TOYZ?

  • Savoia
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    Grazie Elipix. Yes, it was interesting to see BIGB's old registration returned after flying as UHUK.

  • Savoia
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    Lovely shots Elipix!

  • Helipixman
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    JetRanger Nostalgia

    A couple of shots of JetRangers in car parks/hotels.

    The first, G-COAL at the Post House Hotel, London Heathrow Airport and the second G-TOYZ at the Lord Daresbury Hotel, Warrington.



    Photos from Helipixman Collection

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  • Helipixman
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    UK 212's

    A few more Bell 212 helicopters in the UK.

    G-BFJB of British Airways and G-BIGB when owned by Bristow Helicopters. BIGB was restored to the UK register in September 2018



    Photos from the Helipixman Collection

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  • Helipixman
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    More shots of G-BAFN



    Photos from Helipixman Collection

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  • Helipixman
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    Another shot of G-BBEU, this time without Alan Mann logo

    Photo from Helipixman Collection

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  • Savoia
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    Ha ha .. yes quite!

  • Helipixman
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    And for my next trick, I will catch the tennis ball tie-down in my mouth !

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    Bell 206B G-BBEU (cn.1121) as seen at Battersea in 1978

    The tail of Alan Mann's Bell 47 G-BBRI also visible in this shot.

    G-BBEU was imported to the UK in 1973 by Ben Turner Helicopters (of which the Colonel was a director) and sold to Heli-Air almost immediately. In 1975 she was bought by Alan Mann and in '78 she was sold to a friend of the Colonel's, Andrew Walters (current leaseholder of Biggin Hill and former owner of IML Messengers which Andrew sold to UPS in the 80's). Andrew then sold her to Air Hanson in 1981 and in the following year Bill Armstrong (again with the involvement of the Colonel) sold her to the Uganda Police Air Wing.

    Who's That Driver?


    Does anyone recognise this driver?

    With Ferranti's pilots wearing 'white' gloves, some competitors took to supplying their drivers with 'black' gloves, although this was mainly the practice (in those days) of Air Hanson, so this 'might' be an ex-Hanson driver.

    We should probably invite caption suggestions for the groundsman looking skywards!

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  • Savoia
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    Bell 212 G-BAFN (cn.30550) as seen at Humberside on 3rd July 1983 (Photo by Ian Atkinson)

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  • Savoia
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    G-BAVI Model

    Received this message over the weekend:

    Dear Savoia

    I am pleased to attach a couple of photos of the model of G-BAVI which I have now completed.

    My thanks to Aviafora for supplying me with photos and information relating to this helicopter and which made my job much easier.

    With regards

    Roy Sanders




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  • Savoia
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    Yes, this classic tin toys will have gained value over the years, especially if they are in good condition. Nice find.

  • Helipixman
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    Found this interesting tinplate toy in a shop in Callander, Scotland and purchased it for my collection (£10) It was made in Japan and is a Sikorsky S-55 Police Patrol !

    Only found one online (without rotors) and that was selling for nearly $90



    Helipixman

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  • Savoia
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    S-76B's in the 90's


    S-76B's PH-KHB (76-0340) and G-UKLU (76-0329) in a field adjoining the Courtyard Hotel in Milton Keynes on 13th July 1997 (Photo by Martin Pole)

    Seen here while providing a shuttle service for visitors to the 1997 Grand Prix at Silverstone.

    On 20th December of the same year, PH-KHB was written off when it inadvertently entered the water during an approach to Platform L7-A in the North Sea. G-UKLU (then registered to Schreiner North Sea Helicopters) was returned to the Dutch register as PH-NZU and was finally withdrawn from use in 2014. In March 2019 her remains were seen on Vancouver Island in Canada, the airframe having been stripped of major parts.

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  • Savoia
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    Nice to see G-AXKF, I have nothing of her in my collection. 'Golden Hind' .. hmm .. yes well if the lads from Bristows flew her out to Indonesia I suppose it may have seemed like a round-the-world trip but most likely she was placed aboard a ship.

    Originally posted by Helipixman View Post
    Seen in the image below with Colt Car titles so must have been leased to them at some stage ?
    Yes, leased to Colt prior to the arrival of their first Ecureuil G-MORR. My best guess for your photo would be 1977-78.


    G-BCVZ with some of Colt's cars

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  • Helipixman
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    This weeks offering for the thread... two more Agusta Bell JetRangers

    G-AXKF Agusta Bell 206A*B JetRanger (8170)
    This was owned by Bristow Helicopters Ltd, 18.7.69 to 11.8.69 went to Indonesia (Bristow), returned to Bristow in UK 28.3.73 to 30.6.76 before returning to Indonesia again. Its seen with the name "Golden Hind"



    G-BCVZ Agusta Bell 206B JetRanger (8432)
    Owned by Camlet Helicopters Ltd 29.1.75 to 14.3.75 then Alan Mann Helicopters Ltd 14.3.75 to 28.1.80 then went to Ireland as EI-BIJ and is now in France as F-HCRI
    Seen in the image below with Colt Car titles so must have been leased to them at some stage ?


    Pictures from Helipximan collection

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  • Savoia
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    Well done, as ever, Elipix! You've got the cerebral gears working again. IIRC it was indeed Rowland Absalom (in partnership with Charles Kebbell) and yes, some of the craft registered to this entity flew under the Point to Point banner.

    How I should appreciate happening upon a photo of G-AYBE being flown by Rowland's daughter Gay.

  • Helipixman
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    I have to admit I am stumped there is so little information about United Marine (1939) Ltd.

    Their first helicopter seems to have been Brantly B.2B G-ASXE which was jointly owned with Kebbell Developments Ltd (Charles Kebbell). They have connections to the Absalom family through marriage. Other United Marine helicopters have been G-AWOY, G-AYBE, G-BAGJ and G-BATT most of which have been operated by Point to Point Helicopters (Absalom family)

    Some connections but still unsure of who was behind United Marine ?

  • Savoia
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    More G-AYBE ..


    Agusta-Bell 206A G-AYBE (cn.8192) as seen at AAC Middle Wallop on 30th July 1971 (Photo by Ray Barber)

    Seen here at Wallop, still with her wheels!

    Elipix ha scritto: .. this only had one owner in the UK.... United Marine Ltd (so ops would be Point to Point) ..
    This is actually what I meant, that she was operating under a separate name from that to which she was registered. Do you have any details of who was behind United Marine, in case this rings any bells .. or in this case, an Agusta-Bell!


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