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Old 02-19-2008, 07:51 AM   #2536
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Not nearly as cool as that icebreaker/212 shot, but here's yesterday.




It also might show the kind of skiing the guests are having.

Hey Wierdo, the landing skids on your helicopter fell off.

You must of walked around in a big circle through deep snow to get that pic without any footprints in the forground. Cool.

How long can you leave it shut down in cold weather before restarting becomes a problem?
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Old 02-19-2008, 08:01 AM   #2537
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and can you push-start?
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Old 02-19-2008, 08:02 AM   #2538
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How long can you leave it shut down in cold weather before restarting becomes a problem?

The Koala has a minimum operating temperature of -25c. Not that cold really. If I had to shut it down in those temptress I'd probably fire it up every hour or so, less depending on how windy it was.

In the picture it was barely freezing, it could be left all day. Right now for example the machine has had heat on it for about half an hour and I won't hit the start button for another hour. When I turn the battery on all the oil temptress are in the green. It's good to have a good engineer I'm in here drinking coffee and playing with my computer and he's out there heating, inspecting, pulling blade covers off. A good man.
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Old 02-19-2008, 11:19 AM   #2539
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It's good to have a good engineer I'm in here drinking coffee and playing with my computer and he's out there heating, inspecting, pulling blade covers off. A good man.
I only have a military background of aircraft maintenance to look back on, but I have never seen appreciation by pilots for the work tradesmen perform.
Generally speaking, military pilots look down their noses at the guys who keep their aircraft off the ground.

Your comments are very rare.
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Old 02-19-2008, 11:21 AM   #2540
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ok experts. Here's another quiz.

Here's an aging helicopter that was fitted with 20mm cannon and pressed into service (very successfully) from the early to late 80's as a helicopter gunship.
(The same helicopter was also used in the same scenario for medical evacuations, minus cannon of course).

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1) What make is it?
2) (Bonus points) - what country did this aircraft serve as gunship with this setup and what was the conflict?






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Old 02-19-2008, 11:31 AM   #2541
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I only have a military background of aircraft maintenance to look back on, but I have never seen appreciation by pilots for the work tradesmen perform.
Generally speaking, military pilots look down their noses at the guys who keep their aircraft off the ground.

Your comments are very rare.
Thanks!
So I guess that whole mystique about pilots just borrowing aircraft from the ground crew is just whooie?
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Old 02-19-2008, 11:32 AM   #2542
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Not nearly as cool as that icebreaker/212 shot, but here's yesterday.




It also might show the kind of skiing the guests are having.

Just so you know, you are The Suck. If I didn't have to save money so my wife's mother could fly here from Ukraine, I'd be blowing it in Whistler right now.
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Old 02-19-2008, 11:39 AM   #2543
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ok experts. Here's another quiz.

Here's an aging helicopter that was fitted with 20mm cannon and pressed into service (very successfully) from the early to late 80's as a helicopter gunship.
(The same helicopter was also used in the same scenario for medical evacuations, minus cannon of course).

Questions:
1) What make is it?
2) (Bonus points) - what country did this aircraft serve as gunship with this setup and what was the conflict?






MBB?

Bosnia, I think?
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Old 02-19-2008, 11:41 AM   #2544
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i don't know what an MBB but it wasn't Bosnia.
Warmer climate.
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Old 02-19-2008, 11:42 AM   #2545
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Is it an African gunship?



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Old 02-19-2008, 11:43 AM   #2546
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Isn't that the BO117 or somesuch? Same as the RedBull stunt chopper I saw on tv last night doing rolls and backflips?
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Old 02-19-2008, 11:43 AM   #2547
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Is it an African gunship?



Damn comfy-looking seats, those.
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Old 02-19-2008, 11:43 AM   #2548
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Is it an African gunship?



you're surprisingly close.
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Old 02-19-2008, 11:47 AM   #2549
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Used in Angola?

The versatille SA.316B Alouette III bore the brunt of Portuguese COIN wars in Africa: it could be said that the Portuguese operations in Guiné, Mozambique and Angola were "helicopter-oriented". Wherever the ground troops were sent, the helicopters led or transported them, flew reconnaissance and liaison, CASEVAC/MEDEVAC and other missions. (Artwork by Tom Cooper)

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Old 02-19-2008, 12:02 PM   #2550
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The versatille SA.316B Alouette III bore the brunt of Portuguese COIN wars in Africa: it could be said that the Portuguese operations in Guiné, Mozambique and Angola were "helicopter-oriented". Wherever the ground troops were sent, the helicopters led or transported them, flew reconnaissance and liaison, CASEVAC/MEDEVAC and other missions. (Artwork by Tom Cooper)
That's the one.
It was used all over the place but the one pictured was from the conflict in Angola (and Namibia) between South Africa and liberation forces from the South West African Peoples Organization (SWAPO) backed by by Cuban forces based in Angola and occasional skirmishes with FAPLA (Angolan government forces).

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