Sioux AH1 door guns

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Glock just posted a link in the Vietnam thread wicg shows a Australian AAC Sioux armed with a door gun, but not a girly 7.62 GPMG as we tried out in Northern Ireland but a F**k off 40mm grenade launcher, so thanks Glock as the only other photos of an armed Sioux were from the film " You Only Live Twice"
 

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smudge67 said:
Didn't you invent Vietnam Tropper?
No he did not - only the war there :twisted:
 
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I've heard it called a few things but never a "girly" 7.62 GPMG.
 
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I thank Glock for his research
 

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Well as another old fart I can say 100% that when I was on 8 Flt/666 Sqn AAC we definitely had at one time a 'Tripod' mount for the Sioux.
More I think it would have been 1970 or 71 when we received this mount a 'Professionally' Made item.
To the best of my knowledge we where the only UK Flt/Sqn equipped with MG mounts, as unit had returned from Aden in 67, where they had been in 'Daily' use.
The mount was trialed down on Tregantle ranges, Plymouth by what would have been 666 Sqn by then.

john
 
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jonwilly said:
Well as another old fart I can say 100% that when I was on 8 Flt/666 Sqn AAC we definitely had at one time a 'Tripod' mount for the Sioux.
More I think it would have been 1970 or 71 when we received this mount a 'Professionally' Made item.
To the best of my knowledge we where the only UK Flt/Sqn equipped with MG mounts, as unit had returned from Aden in 67, where they had been in 'Daily' use.
The mount was trialed down on Tregantle ranges, Plymouth by what would have been 666 Sqn by then.

john
Thanks mate, the 17/21st Lancer AirSqn had one in Omagh and we tried it out at Magilligan in 1970 it had a empty case/link catchment bin under the gun with some crappy gray plastic trunking to prevent damage to tail rotor
 
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Just back in from my morning swim.
70 sounds right, as 8 Flt we went to N.I. in August 69 and I think 1st Oct became 666 Sqn AAC.
We where at Bellykelly and I remember your mob down at Aldergrove, Your OC Cpt The Honorable Algy ? got a Medal MBE ? or similar in New Years Honours list.
Middle Wallop made, aluminum tubes, with two legs onto cross tube and the third going Fwd to front of Skid and as you say a Links/Empty case bin underneath joined by a large diameter gray plastic corrugated tube.
Memory says the GMPG had to be modified by an Armourer, the bottom Links ejection cover had to be removed.
The old ex Aden hands had always done this them selves, but There was an EMER which said Armourer.
Elth & Safety at work back then !
john
 
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jonwilly said:
Just back in from my morning swim.
70 sounds right, as 8 Flt we went to N.I. in August 69 and I think 1st Oct became 666 Sqn AAC.
We where at Bellykelly and I remember your mob down at Aldergrove, Your OC Cpt The Honorable Algy ? got a Medal MBE ? or similar in New Years Honours list.
Middle Wallop made, aluminum tubes, with two legs onto cross tube and the third going Fwd to front of Skid and as you say a Links/Empty case bin underneath joined by a large diameter gray plastic corrugated tube.
Memory says the GMPG had to be modified by an Armourer, the bottom Links ejection cover had to be removed.
The old ex Aden hands had always done this them selves, but There was an EMER which said Armourer.
Elth & Safety at work back then !
john
It was ReggY not Algy he is one of my friends on Facebook my four Sioux troop took over from you in Ballykelly you left behind a very large Welsh airtech with a Polish name,I got there on the 23rd April just back from El Adam, stayed in BK untill 7th June then moved to Omagh
 
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No we did not arrive until August 69 following the riots.
We took over from an Inf Air Platoon from Colchester who had been sent out in April, to keep an eye on the electricity Power line system, talk of Paddy blowing up Pylons.
We handed over in Feb 70 to 660 Sqn from ex Soest, left hand drive wagons but I think they had just moved to Netheravon, but not 100% on that.
Taff Kolzac was probably the evil welsh monster, broken teeth, if I remember correctly, good hand liked a drink.

john
 
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jonwilly said:
No we did not arrive until August 69 following the riots.
We took over from an Inf Air Platoon from Colchester who had been sent out in April, to keep an eye on the electricity Power line system, talk of Paddy blowing up Pylons.
We handed over in Feb 70 to 660 Sqn from ex Soest, left hand drive wagons but I think they had just moved to Netheravon, but not 100% on that.
Taff Kolzac was probably the evil welsh monster, broken teeth, if I remember correctly, good hand liked a drink.

john
Bang on he came from Aberearon, and was shagging a bird from Inishowen Gardens in the creggen, he took a TK tanker up there once to pick up his washing and the whole of 8 brigade went potty thinking the paddys had pinched it
 
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Strange your last two posts did not register in my in box.
The photo looks like CM taken from S.E. toward the mountain, probably from the Rydges Hotel.
I'll have to check this weeks CM Mail web site to see if it was a fire of consequence.
The early days of N.I before it got nasty, blokes used to fight for postings there, BKelly we had disco's twice a week with two double Decker buses of women turning up from Londonderry and then three or four single decker's from Colrain and other outstations.
I picked a TK up from Aldergrove, myself and a very old trooper RTR, I had my SMG on my lap and he turns round to young L/Cpl Will and says 'If you don't put that away, I'll stop and Lamp you'
SMG placed on shelf behind seats.
john
 
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