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Farewell Lynx Flight

Post by big john » Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:28 am

Buried deep in the forum, and as only 200 people have seen it, I thought I'd bring it to a more prominent position.
viewtopic.php?f=108&t=156769&p=959979&h ... ht#p959979
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Re: Farewell Lynx Flight

Post by iainpeden » Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:03 pm

Useful to get the timings. The point on the map I'm interested in is Tilton-on-the -Hill, just east of Leicester; what's the significance for the Lynx?

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Re: Farewell Lynx Flight

Post by Amp » Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:36 pm

Iain, Lynx accident 1999 at Tilton, per Google.

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Re: Farewell Lynx Flight

Post by iainpeden » Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:44 pm

Thanks - I remember now.

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Re: Farewell Lynx Flight

Post by C24 » Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:55 am

Good move bigjohn, thanks for bringing the matter to a wider audience.

A sad occasion in many ways.
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Re: Farewell Lynx Flight

Post by Sean Mac » Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:19 pm

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Slight change with regards to VLN the aircraft will now be flying in from West to East.

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Re: Farewell Lynx Flight

Post by Sean Mac » Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:18 pm

Small route change, The aircraft will now pass W-E over Yeovilton this is so a flypast of Westlands can also be conducted.

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Re: Farewell Lynx Flight

Post by Rotörhead » Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:27 pm

Shame I'll miss this, I have exams either side of the 16th and won't be anywhere near. By the looks of the route they'd pass right over the top my house too... if I was there!

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Re: Farewell Lynx Flight

Post by wezgulf3 » Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:04 am

Iam pretty torn where to go, Middle Wallop will be into the sun (if its out!) but will they land on SPTA?? sad day none the less?!

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Re: Farewell Lynx Flight

Post by EGVP » Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:40 am

Go south-side at Wallop, doable with a 300+ lens

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Re: Farewell Lynx Flight

Post by slogen51 » Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:55 am

Odiham when they lift?

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Re: Farewell Lynx Flight

Post by Supra » Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:38 am

Sean Mac wrote:Small route change, The aircraft will now pass W-E over Yeovilton this is so a flypast of Westlands can also be conducted.

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slogen51 wrote:Odiham when they lift?
Do Middle Wallop outbound, Odiham inbound, lunch between? ;)

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Re: Farewell Lynx Flight

Post by Blackcat1 » Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:50 am

Shame they can't do Sennybridge, used to see them often there.
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Re: Farewell Lynx Flight

Post by Yammer » Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:13 pm

Have 657 sqd accquired any Wildcat cabs at Odiham to replace their Lynx AH9 - I assume 657 aren't for disbandment.
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Re: Farewell Lynx Flight

Post by slogen51 » Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:40 pm

They were a special forces unit - at Odiham you would often see lynx with door mounted weapons. I don't know if they were modified lynx but I wonder if the wildcat has a similar role yet?

Odiham based Lynx pilots were tragically killed in an lynx accident at Kandahar a few years back

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Re: Farewell Lynx Flight

Post by Yammer » Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:44 pm

Yes indeed - they often visit my county, Herefordshire.

A look on the WWW suggests 657 sqd is to disband, more here

"657 Squadron, the AAC unit that operates the Lynx Mk9A helicopter in support of the Special Forces (SF) is to be disbanded next year. The squadron was the last AAC Lynx unit still flying the type and it was previously thought that it would eventually convert to the Wildcat AH.1, or perhaps even a specialised SF Wildcat variant. It has now been decided that there is not enough money for new aircraft for 657 Sqn and it will therefore be disbanded in 2018.[1]

The AAC will still, however, maintain a cadre of aircrew trained to support the Special Forces. Rather than a standing, dedicated unit, the “extreme high readiness” Special Forces Wildcat Flight will stand up a small flight of 2-4 Wildcat AH.1 helicopters - drawn from the existing AAC Wildcat fleet - for special operations on an ad hoc basis.


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Re: Farewell Lynx Flight

Post by 100arw » Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:59 pm

The above report also added:

<<A report in the Times quotes Ministry of Defence (MoD) sources stating that any shortfall in SF helicopter support will be made up by a detachment of Puma HC2 helicopters, presumably operated by RAF pilots from 33 and 230 Sqns. It was also claimed that the decision not to persue a Wildcat SF variant was due to the Special Forces wanting "a better aircraft". >>

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Re: Farewell Lynx Flight

Post by Youdy71 » Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:46 pm

Does anyone know where the FARP would be positioned at Shawbury as I've not been before?

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Re: Farewell Lynx Flight

Post by Vulcanone » Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:00 pm

So how many folks are going to try Odiham for the start in the morning?

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Re: Farewell Lynx Flight

Post by ChrisCwmbran » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:21 pm

Can anyone explain to me what the St Athan bit means please and whether what it says implies a best spot to be for us down there? Tia.

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