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Irish Air Corps AW139 air to air piccies

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 10:35 pm
by IrishAirPics
Hi Guys,

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be with the Air Corps while they practised firing machine guns at ground targets from their newly delivered AW139 helicopters.

Now for obvious safety reasons we weren't allowed to be in front of the helicopter while it was firing live ammunition but an air to air session was arranged for later in the day when the helicopter fired blanks. (An army tv crew were there so it was more for video than for still shots).

Still, not being a person who turns down an air to air session, I've included some of those shots too.

Target aircraft was AW139, reg 274 and camera ship was Alouette III, reg 213.

Thanks to everyone involved in the shoot and thanks especially to all the people in HQ Air Corps who sanctioned my trip. thumbsup

Anyway, on with the show, here's the pictures, full size pictures can be found here:

http://www.irishairpics.com/reports/aw139_airfiring_07/


Regards,

Frank.


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Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 12:28 am
by GoGoGadgetGoAround
Excellent pics

Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 12:57 am
by KeithT
Very nice pics, love the III 8)

Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 4:01 pm
by Nanolight
This Air Corps vid is class!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFJpys6CY1Y

Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 4:20 pm
by GJOYT
Feckin brilliant!!!!!! :shock: Class pics!! Where were they taken?

Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:03 pm
by IrishAirPics
Hi Guys,

Thanks for the comments. JOYT, the pictures were taken in and over the Glen of Imaal.


Regards,

Frank.

Posted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 12:02 am
by corkspotter
As always Frank, Excellent shots. Love the 274 air to air shots.

Regards,

Paul

Posted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 12:06 am
by GJOYT
Glen of Imaal??.. Sorry I'm not quite sure where exactly this is? What Co. is it in?.

Posted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 8:54 pm
by Nanolight
It's in Co. Wicklow, near Baltinglass.

If you look at an aviation map of Ireland, it's the red shaded danger area in the Wicklow mountains.

Posted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 8:58 pm
by ei6265
Stunning pics Frank! Thanks for sharing!

Glen of Imaal is in the Wicklow Mts - D5 on your map ;)

edit: Nano got in ahead of me there :)

Posted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 9:42 pm
by GJOYT
Oh yea sorry i see it now just North of Hacketstown or west of Laragh or south of Blessington. I'm more familiar with the midlands and the west/north west region. Is that where the PC9s do their low flying and tail chases as seen on youtube if you type Irish Air Corps into search.
Thanks guys! :)