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Old 4th May 2011
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Chopper madness

There was that sound of a mighty low helicopter this lunchtime, so I jammed the 70-300 at the long end, and grabbed a shot as it came over.

Trouble is, I was too close :-) Normally chopper pilots avoid HV overhead lines like the plague, but this guy is paid to fly along them looking for problems with a thermal camera I guess. So if the lines are in a valley, the chopper ends up so low you clip the tail with your 300mm lens...

Meanwhile, in the same airspace anly a mile away, this foolishness is going on:

Practicing for something, maybe??

Look, I'm an old man. I shouldn't be expected to put up with this.

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Re: Chopper madness

The second one looks like the Chinook air display.
I saw this at east Fortune a couple of years ago and could not believe what could be done with the aircraft. It nearly upstaged the Vulcan. A lot of the tricks have no doubt been learned in Afghanistan. A similar thing to the way the Huey helicopter flight envelope developed in Vietnam.

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Re: Chopper madness

I think it was on country wise awhile back about those national grid helicopters, your right they are looking for problems on the powerlines. basically anything glowing white needs replacing pronto lol
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Re: Chopper madness

If the 'copter was following the LT lines (three wires on wooden poles), then the passenger would probably have been an old friend of mine. I don't think she does the HT wires.
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Re: Chopper madness

I have often tried to get good helicopter pics - and I will get it right one day - need to obtain a slow shutter speed to get good rotor blur.

Still working on it.

I live near a hospital which gets an ambulance helicopter visit most days - but I am never available at the time.

Here is one effort.

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Re: Chopper madness

I think the one that does the lines round here is a Red one...quite big as well.

Chinook........I had spent hours waiting for a kingfisher and just as he came a Chinook came over ,just above the tree tops.There was leaves and birds everywhere for a few minutes....got to work in the afternoon and someone else saw it miles away from me......My son saw it going around a few days earlier...do they use these in war zones and are thet doing exercises????



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