Little birds

I hear all that but we couldn’t afford such a machine.
The Little bird may be an old design but it certainly offers a platform ideal for recon, insertion and light attack.
Something that if looking at costs involved would be likely be considerably cheaper and offer more units per cost than wildcat or a gazelle upgrade.
We do have interest in FVL albeit casting an eye over according to article below and statement from one of AAC's finest (and one of the first cadre of WAH-64D pilots who also went on exchanged to 21st Cav and went on border patrol when their AH-64A deployed from Fort Hood in late 90s).


It is part of a wider look at potential replacement for the RAF Puma Mk2 fleet in over a deacde ...

The other year at a mil helicopter conference in Eurppe, Air Commodore Al ....(?) stated that the aerial battlefield is going to mvoe around plus 200kts in the future.

Cheers
 
A dit from 1968 about these choppers.

I was down in Vung Tau day on a convoy escort from Nui Dat.
We arrived at approximately 1100hrs and had a few hours to kill before we went back to Nui Dat at 1530hrs.
After checking our weapons in at the Aussie guardhouse we were free to do what we wanted.
I headed off to an American R&C center called the Beachcomber Club which was located on the front beach and proceeded to get pissed.
After a while, I noticed two yanks standing next to me and one of them decided to talk to me.
I was wearing Aussie greens with black and white NZ insignia on the epaulets. I was so pissed that I could barely talk and he eventually said 'say you guys speak English'.
This made me break out into uncontrollable laughter and I got my voice back.
It turned out that they were both chopper pilots in Vung Tau on a transition course from the Huey onto what was called at that time the Cayuse. One was a 1st Lt and the other was a Warrant Officer. They had one final flight to do that night to finish the course and then back to their units as scout pilots.
Anyway, I was invited along for the flight which I gratefully accepted.
As it turned out I ended up spending two days with them, flying all around VN seeing things that I never knew existed.
Eventually, it was time to return and face the music. One of them flew me back to Nui Dat via Vung Tau so that I could recover my weapon from the armourey.
I was AWOL for 48 hours and ended up being charged as was expected. Loss of two days pay a severe reprimand, and a $30.00 fine later, as far as I was concerned it was money well spent to see and do the things that I did, which I would never have done if I had not run into those two in a bar.
Did your OC know that you had gone on an unathorised fly about. Or did he think you had defected to the Viet Cong. Maybe abducted by a bar girl/lady boy. (probably VC)
 
Did your OC know that you had gone on an unathorised fly about. Or did he think you had defected to the Viet Cong. Maybe abducted by a bar girl/lady boy. (probably VC)
No to both your questions.

I did run into my old CSM of that time, a couple of years ago (he lives not far from me) and we caught up over a couple of beers in the local RSA club and he asked me about that particular incident which had occurred almost 50years previously. He is almost 90 now but obviously his memory is still fine. I was surprised that he had remembered it.
As I was telling him what had occurred, which I had kept fairly close-mouthed about at that time, he said that he was too scared to ask too much about it then as he didn't want to know all the details.
Anyway once I had related the tale, he laughed his tits off.
 

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We do have interest in FVL albeit casting an eye over according to article below and statement from one of AAC's finest (and one of the first cadre of WAH-64D pilots who also went on exchanged to 21st Cav and went on border patrol when their AH-64A deployed from Fort Hood in late 90s).


It is part of a wider look at potential replacement for the RAF Puma Mk2 fleet in over a deacde ...

The other year at a mil helicopter conference in Eurppe, Air Commodore Al ....(?) stated that the aerial battlefield is going to mvoe around plus 200kts in the future.

Cheers
Not sure why AAC are worrying about Merlin which are RN?
 

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