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    The sea king retires...

    Our poor Sea King S&R chopper is now practically useless. 70 years old, has a brilliant history, only to be taken over by an overseas company for 1.6bn.

    Personally, i'd rather the UK have upgraded, and had something we'd still be proud of. R.I.P Sea King. R.I.P.

    Thoughts?

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    Bristow operate in the North Sea already, ferrying stuff to Norwegian oil rigs. The are going to use Sikorsky S-92s and AgustaWestland AW189s. The 189 is still in development; great! Let's supply a vapour product to the British govt. I suspect the 198 was penciled in at the last minute to provide a UK component to the deal. I think it should stick to using the RAF and RN, and supply them with 189s (eventually). There are plenty of other helicopters they could buy or lease until it becomes available. I wonder how many RAF/RN personnel with transfer to Bristows?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnyknight View Post
    Our poor Sea King S&R chopper is now practically useless. 70 years old, has a brilliant history, only to be taken over by an overseas company for 1.6bn.

    Personally, i'd rather the UK have upgraded, and had something we'd still be proud of. R.I.P Sea King. R.I.P.

    Thoughts?
    70 years? More like 45 years old...

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    70 years? More like 45 years old...
    As my uncle was maintaining them in the RAF in the early 1970s, they are over 50 years old. Seventy years would put them in to service straight in the late 40s/early 50s which seems unlikely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    70 years? More like 45 years old...
    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    As my uncle was maintaining them in the RAF in the early 1970s, they are over 50 years old. Seventy years would put them in to service straight in the late 40s/early 50s which seems unlikely.
    UK Sells Off Helicopter Search And Rescue Ops

    Sorry what?

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    I think he was referring to S&R not the Sea King. I was watching a programme about emergency services in Scotland yesterday and it featured a couple of rescues by Sea Kings from HMS Gannet. I wonder if the Bristow crews will be as experienced in winching casualties out of extremely hazardous situations?

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    From what I can find the Sea King first flew on 7th May 1969...and it was aSikorsky SH-3D built under licence with some mods...

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    As my uncle was maintaining them in the RAF in the early 1970s, they are over 50 years old. Seventy years would put them in to service straight in the late 40s/early 50s which seems unlikely.
    1969 they went into service 44 years (still alot)

    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnyknight View Post
    Sorry i thought you was talking about the Sea King itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    I think he was referring to S&R not the Sea King. I was watching a programme about emergency services in Scotland yesterday and it featured a couple of rescues by Sea Kings from HMS Gannet. I wonder if the Bristow crews will be as experienced in winching casualties out of extremely hazardous situations?
    Fudge, you're correct. 70 years of SnR, Near 45 years for the Sea king. My baaaddd....

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    It's a badly written article in that it implies in the photo caption that the Sea King has been in use for 70 years. Poor Journalism.

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