As if they would......

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  1. Pah! Utter nonsense. Impossible to even think that such highly skill profesionals would ever dream of doing such a thing.

    No, I am quite sure they properly reduced altitude merely to "communicate" with the semi naked bint, just like what the MoD brief said. :roll:

    Military helicopter crew 'wrecked conservatory by flying down to ogle sunbathing au pair'

    A military helicopter destroyed the conservatory of a £1.75 million mansion when its pilot swooped too low to look at a sunbathing au pair, a court heard yesterday.

    The four servicemen flying the Merlin helicopter were said to have dropped to 500ft or lower for the "frolic" in July.

    The house's owners claim the downdraught from the aircraft seriously damaged the 23ft-high glass conservatory, leaving it needing to be replaced.

    Barry and Anna George, who own The Old Stables in Eastbourne, East Sussex, are claiming £250,000 in damages plus legal costs.

    The Ministry of Defence denies all liability in the case.

    Their barrister, Daniel Crowley, told a preliminary hearing at the High Court in London that the helicopter dropped to 500ft so the crew could "communicate" with the au pair.

    He said the crew was not given permission to fly at under 1,000ft and that "their own regulations say they should not have been flying low over a built-up area of Eastbourne".

    Mr Crowley claimed that when the MoD Merlin - which is 75ft long and weighs 14tons - flew over the mansion on the afternoon of July 23, 2004, the downdraught from its rotors damaged the conservatory's glass roof.

    This left it leaking and, he said, "pretty much most of it" needed to be replaced.

    Mr Crowley told the judge that Mr and Mrs George's home - which has two other houses attached - was valued at £1.75 million at the time of the incident.

    Around 50 per cent of the roof of the property - which has a floor-space of 7,000 square feet - is made up of "steel and aluminium double glazed glass panels" and is highly visible from the air, Mr Crowley said.

    He added that the conservatory had won an architectural prize in 2000.

    The eight-day case, to start in February, is likely to generate hundreds of thousands of pounds in legal costs.

    If the MoD loses the taxpayer will have to pick up the bill.

    The judge, Jonathan Foster QC, described the incident as an "alleged frolic".

    Conceding that suggesting the damage was caused as a result of a frolic gone wrong was a "serious allegation", Mr Crowley said he would seek to develop the point during cross-examination.

    He said there was an issue as to whether "those piloting the aircraft were deliberately flying at a low height for fun".

    "They have got this expensive equipment, it's fun to fly and, rather than just sit around, they want to fly it," Mr Crowley added.

    But James Maxwell-Scott, for the MoD, insisted a 'helicopter flying at 500ft or above simply could not have caused the damage'.

    He added that although, "technically", permission needed to be granted for flying the helicopter at under 1,000ft, a chart the pilot was using did not indicate that he needed it and that he 'felt he could fly down to 500ft'.

    Central to the case is a piece of equipment on the Merlin which measures the height at which the helicopter is flying.

    That was not working at the time.
  2. Squaddies go in for an eyefull and get pinged with a lawsuit!?!?! Who said romance was dead. I suppose they should be grateful it wasn't a Chally 2 crew. :evil:
  3. Flash and MDN have been quiet recently.....
  4. These blokes got themselves in a world of hurt down here a few years ago!

    Good effort I reckon - I'll bet they did too!
  5. Ha Ha Ha! Class! It goes to show that our light-blue beret'd comrades aren't total homo's after all. :twisted:
  6. But it doesn't say it was a female Au Pair. :p

    One thing that springs to mind with this is what kind of downdraft can a Merlin produce when hovering at 500ft +- :?

    £250k seems and awful lot for a potting shed

  7. Hmmm, deutsch farmer syndrome methinks.
  8. She isn't the first sunbather to be surprised by rotary crabs and she won't be the last to be surprised by the strength of the downdraft from a Merlin...
  9. Steady now, we justified his costs didn't we??
  10. If true and proven then I assume that the crabs will pick up the bill themselves?
  11. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    Absafackinglutely! 500ft up in the air, allegedly caused it to leak 'a bit' and so most of it now needs replacing.

    Someone should show these tw@ts what a Merlin will do at 20ft above their precious glass roof.

    Who's for going to 'sort' the au pair then?
  12. What about skiffing the homeowner's first, inserting something inorganic into their dog then doing the au pair?
  13. That had me wondering as well. I´m an ex Scaley not a cab driver, oops sorry pilot, but I don´t think the downdraft at 500ft can be THAT bad can it ? Perhaps the archictect and Mr & Mrs George should have paid more attention to the builders with polish accents ? They should be sueing the company that installed it, not the MoD :roll:
  14. It's the same old game isn't it? Squaddie's fcuk up. Claim get's made. MOD wheels in expert. Expert say's claim is b0ll0cks. Judge get's confused. Brit's don't like experts anyway. £1000000 of taxpayer's money goes to someone who could afford £1.7 million pound house.
  15. Ord_Sgt

    Ord_Sgt RIP

    Although not having flown something quite as big as a Merlin, I'm having difficulty believing its going to do any damage at 500 feet though.

    I loved this bonehead comment:

    They expect us to not enjoy our work now but just sit around doing nothing.