XZ666 Lynx "Damien"

#1
I know this Lynx is famous (infamous) but has anyone got any photographs of it when it was in service as an AH.1 mainly in Northern Ireland , I did fly in it when I was in Carrickmore 83/84 and have a few pics of it then . Also if there are any good tales about it I would like to hear them , why I want this info will become clear in January but anything is appreciated.
 
#7
Treble six was the Theater Reserve cab held by 655 at Bellykelly during 88-90.
Strictly speaking it was on Standbye but in practice it was employed as just another line cab.
As one of the two LAD shift Staff Sgts I would say, Damien as the troops liked to call it, it was no better or worse on the serviceability front then any other Lynx.
Early 90, April ?, a large vertical crack was found port side say 18 inches fwd of the center section to tail boom transportation joint.
We assumed that the crack was from the Tail Rotor G/B, where on all Lynx first doubler plates had been fitted at T/R GB mount, then the Joe bolts had been replaced. The cracking then moved down to area around Angle G/B and we assumed forward to center section.
Memory says all Lynx in German had had their tailbooms changed in early 80's, 81-82 for repair by Westlands.
MARTSU ( Navy Fleetlands ) where called in and the cab was returned to mainland for repair.
I was out service by August 90 and never saw it again.

john
 
#8
I remember being entertained by tales of "Damien" by a (possibly somewhat one over the eight) AAC type in the civvy terminal at Aldergrove. Would have been '84/5-ish I suspect. I was duty plane-spotter and he probably should have known better.
 
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Damien will be appearing in a painting I've just commisioned of a pair of Lynx over Fermanagh. Artistic license? Quite possibly.
 
#13
As a Gazelle/Lynx Aircrewman Observer (a long story) I remember Damion as a bit of a beast but it has been a few years since we first met at Ballykelly where I served from 30 NOV 86 till 15 JAN 90.

According to my log book in 1989: March 26 Aircraft: LYNX XZ666 Pilot: ****** (SSM 655 SQN at the time) Aircrew Duty: ACM 'O' Flight Details: ALDERGROVE - LISBURN (HELI TELLY FIT) - ALDERGROVE - BALLYKELLY Hours Flying: DAY 1.6 TOTAL 2506.2 Prior to that I guess it was at Aldergrove because that was my first log book entry of its tail number after which it crops up a few more times on runs from Ballykelly to Aldergrove (I recall service ability was not good), trips to Angelo before an Omagh duty or on an Angelo duty.

I do have some pictures of Lynx from that time, not sure if Damion features and I haven't worked out how to show them here yet anyway.
 
#14
Thanks for the input, the reason I was asking is that Corgi are releasing a diecast 1/72 model of 666 around March. I do a little bit of research for Corgi and used some pics I have of 666 in Carrickmore in 83/84 to select the scheme. I will post some pics of the pre-production model when they are available.








 
#15
RUC, Corgi doing it in the old skool black n green? If so, fantastic! Being the sad spotter geek and font of all knowledge Lynx type person, I have the current TOW version they released a little while back. Just waiting for Airfix to get their arse in to gear and release the 1/48 scale Mk 7...its been on their 'release soon' catalogue for about a year and a half now.
 
#16
RUC, Corgi doing it in the old skool black n green? If so, fantastic! Being the sad spotter geek and font of all knowledge Lynx type person, I have the current TOW version they released a little while back. Just waiting for Airfix to get their arse in to gear and release the 1/48 scale Mk 7...its been on their 'release soon' catalogue for about a year and a half now.
"Summer 2011" along with a matching WMIK & Snatch.
 
#18
Yes Flash it's in black and green ,just as in the photos, as I said I do some of the helicopter research for Corgi and I couldn't resist this one when the scheme was asked for ,originally to be a different serial but when I looked into it that one had a sad history being involved in a fatal accident so another one was wanted , using my pics and background 666, early 80s, Op Banner was picked. By the way as the Lynx guru what do you think of the TOW one?
When I get the pre-production model of Damien through I will post some pics here.
 
#20
If it's XZ666 in early 80's colour scheme will we see the Aircrewman in the port (left) seat with his SLR slung over the back of his armoured seat instead of a GPMG and a door gunner? I always did a quick check before getting airborne after a drop off to see both doors had been shut and the grunts hadn't taken my SLR. I looked out my window after one such drop off to see a young RE search team lad holding two SLR's, found mine was missing, so beckoned him over, got my gat back and punched his helmet and we both laughed as the Lynx took off again. I don't even think we got the IRG until after I had arrived at Ballykelly in 1986 but I might be wrong about that as I was on Gazelles until Nov 87.
 
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