Well I have the Wasp Flight Cowboys nose panel it is hanging in my house pride of place. It was designed by Max and painted on by Kermie for a bottle of whiskey which I bought. Not sure what happened to the the bumble bee nose panel maybe its under the cowboy one. We became the Wasp Flt cowboys when Huggie,Jimbo, Max, Bougie and myself were called into the WSC Wasp Section Commander office (Dave Ward) for a telling off, one of hundreds. He called us cowboys. Could have been something to do with us sliding off home early when back at Hobby. Agree about Bars Steve Barham pilot extraordinaire I would rate him as the best person and pilot I have ever met in my life. He was simply the best he was more concerned about our welfare than his his Navy career. If there is such thing as good Karma I hope it visits Lt Cdr S Barham RNZN. Ted F55.
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Post by Dave Homewood on Aug 8, 2016 16:14:36 GMT 12
The Royal New Zealand Navy's Facebook page has just posted this terrific RNZN Official photo of the Wasp from HMNZS Waikato:
Their caption reads: "Anyone remember these helicopters? The Westland HAS Mk1 Wasp (this one shown here on HMNZS WAIKATO) is a significant chapter in the celebration of a half-century of naval helicopter operations in New Zealand, which will be recognised with an anniversary celebration next month. It’s been 50 years since New Zealand first took delivery of several Westland HAS Mk1 Wasp helicopters, which served on all the RNZN Leander Class frigates over the next 32 years. Today the naval helicopter operations are supported by No. 6 Squadron, operating the new Kaman SH-2G(I) Seasprite from our ships. Planned events across September 9 and 10 include a parade at No. 6 Squadron, an informal gathering at Whenuapai and a formal function on Saturday at Devonport Naval Base. The reunion and celebration is aimed all past and present Service personnel who have had a connection with naval helicopter operations. To find out more, email 50YrsNavalHelo@nzdf.mil.nz."