"Running Boards" fitted to Army Scout Helicopters.

jock788

Swinger
Does anyone else remember the "command mod" we had at 9 Regt AAC LAD in Detmold to fit "running boards" to the Scout AH1s we had?

They were fitted across the skid cross members to give a "leg up" to the Red Tabbers we often flew ...
We also had mods to the pilot/co-pilot doors to fit "star plates" when they were on board and "comfy" cushions for the rear bench seat.

We, as a Regt, were often tasked to fly them ... As a sort of "one-upmanship" ... Red Tabber A; "I'm being driven to a function/meeting/sporting event in a swanky, black car ... Red Tabber B; "Sod you, I'm getting a helicopter ... Beat that!"
 
I don't know about the "one-upmanship" between Officer's concerning helicopters and staff cars. But the C in C BAOR up to about 1978 had his own train, beat that!!!

(Sold on as it was old, decrepit, slow and a museum item, the train that is!!!! I am unable to comment on the C in C BAOR).
 
Bah, peasants.

I once had a Puma laid on for me, and me alone, in a move from one location to another in Iraq - escorted by two Lynx (Lynx's, Lynxi?!?).

That they all needed to go there anyway is neither here nor there...
 
I once had a Herk to myself and my suitcase

The crew were very nice and invited me to sit up in the glass bit at the front and gave me coffee and a packed lunch.
 
I once had a Herk to myself and my suitcase

The crew were very nice and invited me to sit up in the glass bit at the front and gave me coffee and a packed lunch.
Me too. It was a spectacular view going into Gib. Nearly wore out my camera motor on the way in.

@Harryc rode with an Army Scout in the days when it was still horses and Injuns.
 
Bah, peasants.

I once had a Puma laid on for me, and me alone, in a move from one location to another in Iraq - escorted by two Lynx (Lynx's, Lynxi?!?).

That they all needed to go there anyway is neither here nor there...
Well if it's black cats...

1x US Army Chinook. Sole passenger... me.

1x AH-64 as top cover. Probably laughing their tits off at me being blown away from the aircraft by the exhaust and downwash as they farked off sharpish as soon as I was clear of the aft rotor disc.

That was at Sarajevo. The various air arms ran a sort of round-robin air taxi between the various bases. One simply had to book on it, and you could fly anywhere in Bos on the route. But that one time, I was the sole passenger. It could be a German CH-53, Brit SK, US Black Hawk, Chinook of either nation, even a Transall for one trip I did. But the Wokka was just me on it on that day.

In an earlier posting, I'd quite often get picked up for exercise by helo. But it was a MAOT posting, and helos were our bread and butter. Still it was quite nice to stroll out of the hangar at Upavon onto the pan into sunshine and wait a minute or two for a Puma to appear over the hill and pick me up with my shitty Clansman radio and box of MAOT gear. 22/23 years old and taking helicopters to work. My how things have changed :)
 
Bah, peasants.

I once had a Puma laid on for me, and me alone, in a move from one location to another in Iraq - escorted by two Lynx (Lynx's, Lynxi?!?).

That they all needed to go there anyway is neither here nor there...
Best thing about being AAC. Air taxi service, Seria to Bandar (scout) onwards to Manila.
 

HE117

LE
I seem to recall that there was an issue with cabs fitted with "running boards" if you were jumping them.. You needed to put your feet on the skids proper when jumping off or there was a risk of catching you hands in the rotors as you were that bit higher...

...or maybe it was just a figment of my imagination!
 
As a young Rifleman, I was flying around in Chinooks in 1977.
 

Issi

War Hero
I don't really think that you've got the gist of this thread.
 
Falklands October 1982. I was at Bluff Cove and was needed in Fitzroy so started out.
A couple of minutes later a Heli flew over so I stuck both arms up.
It landed and took me to Fitzroy.
I landed, sorted out the problem in a few minutes then went to the mess from where the telephone message to me had been sent about 45 minutes previous. To say they were surprised at my entrance is a very English understatement.
 
I once had a Herk to myself and my suitcase

The crew were very nice and invited me to sit up in the glass bit at the front and gave me coffee and a packed lunch.
Pleb. My missus had one to herself from Cyprus when her Dad died (long time ago, same day the "hurricane" hit UK). She had pie and mash sitting up front.
 
Pleb. My missus had one to herself from Cyprus when her Dad died (long time ago, same day the "hurricane" hit UK). She had pie and mash sitting up front.
A 'like' doesn't seem enough. When the shit hits the fan, things like this matter. Hang the expense, task one Herc.
 

verticalgyro

MIA
DirtyBAT
"Star Plates" are still in the Topic 2 for Gazelles.

Not a VIP, but I do recall strapping the Asst Adjt into the front seat of an A109 with the 5 Point Harness. I had offered her the choice of the rear seat, and pointed out that a 5 Pointer wouldn't quite be ladylike for her, what with her wearing her No2 Dress (inc skirt) at the time, but she insisted that she wanted to sit up front "for the view".

For the view indeed...

She struggled with the buckle and asked me to help.I did of course help her get the buckles in. It was a very warm day and I was sweating by the time I had finished. I also had an erection I could've hammered nails into mahogany with.
 
I once had a Herk to myself and my suitcase

The crew were very nice and invited me to sit up in the glass bit at the front and gave me coffee and a packed lunch.
Got thrown out of one once, maybe twice (or more).
 
I don't really think that you've got the gist of this thread.
Well there's something I said that nobody has picked up on much to my surprise but one can but try.
 

Donny

ADC
"Star Plates" are still in the Topic 2 for Gazelles.

Not a VIP, but I do recall strapping the Asst Adjt into the front seat of an A109 with the 5 Point Harness. I had offered her the choice of the rear seat, and pointed out that a 5 Pointer wouldn't quite be ladylike for her, what with her wearing her No2 Dress (inc skirt) at the time, but she insisted that she wanted to sit up front "for the view".

For the view indeed...

She struggled with the buckle and asked me to help.I did of course help her get the buckles in. It was a very warm day and I was sweating by the time I had finished. I also had an erection I could've hammered nails into mahogany with.
Which is a very good opportunity to reprise this thread: Pardon My Erection
 
Does anyone else remember the "command mod" we had at 9 Regt AAC LAD in Detmold to fit "running boards" to the Scout AH1s we had?

They were fitted across the skid cross members to give a "leg up" to the Red Tabbers we often flew ...
We also had mods to the pilot/co-pilot doors to fit "star plates" when they were on board and "comfy" cushions for the rear bench seat.

We, as a Regt, were often tasked to fly them ... As a sort of "one-upmanship" ... Red Tabber A; "I'm being driven to a function/meeting/sporting event in a swanky, black car ... Red Tabber B; "Sod you, I'm getting a helicopter ... Beat that!"
655 Sqn 76ish yes?
 

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