Post by Dave Homewood on Mar 10, 2015 10:46:58 GMT 12
The Sea King is nowhere near as ugly as the Wasp. But the Wasp was so ugly it was cool. So long as these helicopters do the job is all that really matters. I think the Seasprite has provided the Navy with a good platform in the past and these new versions should carry on that tradition I'm sure.
Which model Seasprite has gone to Gallipoli on HMNZS Te Kaha? One of the new ones or the old model?
Just wondering why the NZ Government has not offered a ship and helicopter to go assist Vanatu after cyclone Pam? Are the ships available or the new helicopters not yet ready for service? This disaster is asking for help and HMNZS Otago with a helicopter would be the bare minimum we could do.
Yeah, sorry, I guess I should have been more specific in that the stripe that appears on the G(NZ) (and the F) that doesn't seem to appear (at the moment?) on the G(I)s, based on the few pics that have come out so far. But thanks for the info above – that's the info I was after.
Righto, Auckland University organised a visit to Whenuapai today to talk about Logistics. Our Business Development Manager who had arranged to attend was called away, so sent me along instead. Didn't take any photos of the Seasprite simulator or Part Task Trainers. The servers and screens are standard tech ... for 2005 or so. Will be replaced soon, so the server room will get a lot more space, and the screens will be much skinnier!
... Errol, any clues as to the serials of the other Seasprites apart from 3618?
The delivery ceremony had NZ3611/ NZ3612 / NZ3613 (per previous page) The two on the apron who I got close enough to were NZ3614/NZ3615 There was a third on the apron (as well as G(NZ) 03), and the two on the other side of the hangar.
Good to see, in the photo labelled "tail", the old faithful; Steps, Portable, Airman for the use of, Yellow. Probably been in use since about nineteen-canteen! Though I do note some tubular reinforcing gussets added to the fatigue prone areas.
Back to the proper subject: In the cockpit floor shot I was surprised to see an unprotected wiring loom. I am trusting there is some form of foot-plate that must have been removed for inspection? Otherwise you could end up snag-fouling the wiring during a kicking frenzy in strong winds.
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