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PostPosted: 12 Jul 2011, 17:19 
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Hi all,can you good people help,I was just wondering what colour the Wasp was when it was in service with the SAAF it looks like it was PRU blue from photos,is this correct ?

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PostPosted: 12 Jul 2011, 17:35 
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From “A portrait of Military Aviation in Southern Africa" by Ron Belling.

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The Wasps were finished in overall gloss Dark Sea Grey (BSC638), with White lettering. Engines were mainly silver with some light grey areas. The flotation balls were dull Yellow and deep Blue-Green. Starboard tailboom read ‘Navy’, port read ‘Vloot’. The serial number was repated on the nose. Some carried squadron or ships badge on the lower section of the nose. Main rotor blades were medium sea grey upper surfaces and black undersurfaces. Tail rotor blades were red, white and black with natural metal leading edges. Top of the canopy glazing was tinted.


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The Castle size on the fuselage was 18".

The fuselage / tail-boom serial and titles (NAVY / VLOOT ) was 6" high and white in colour.

The overall colour reference referred to as Dark Sea Grey would also depend on the era that the Wasp was operated in.
Other very reliable sources ( one now deceased) referred to the overall colour as Extra Dark Sea Grey BSC 640.

The number on the nose was 12" high.


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Excellent :D thanks for your help :smt023

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AT6C wrote:
The overall colour reference referred to as Dark Sea Grey would also depend on the era that the Wasp was operated in


At one period they used a matt paint instead of glossy, as well. At least they did on one helicopter! Sometime in the late sixties IIRC. It didn't last long though. It felt "gritty" when one ran one's hand over it.


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Thanks for that additional info AT6C :smt023

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Not sure if this is of interest, but I took these pics at a 22 Squadron function back in the 80's I think. Folk may like to identify some of the personalities in photo, as I don't have a clue. Memory gone :(

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Doug wrote:
Not sure if this is of interest, but I took these pics at a 22 Squadron function back in the 80's I think. Folk may like to identify some of the personalities in photo, as I don't have a clue. Memory gone :(



Looks a vague bit like Dennis Earp and the pilot looks a bit like Brandewyn Jan. Put whereas your memory might be gone so are my spectacles.


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Eugene wrote:
Doug wrote:
Not sure if this is of interest, but I took these pics at a 22 Squadron function back in the 80's I think. Folk may like to identify some of the personalities in photo, as I don't have a clue. Memory gone :(



Looks a vague bit like Dennis Earp and the pilot looks a bit like Brandewyn Jan. Put whereas your memory might be gone so are my spectacles.


One good party, it was the day we celebrated Wasp 21st 'birthday' in SAAF service. The pilot was Major Alan Reynolds.

Left hand Photo: Alan Reynolds; (civvy ???); Col Breytenbach (OC AFB Yplt); Cmdt Gert Theron (22 Sqn OC)


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Spice wrote:
One good party, it was the day we celebrated Wasp 21st 'birthday' in SAAF service. The pilot was Major Alan Reynolds.

Left hand Photo: Alan Reynolds; (civvy ???); Col Breytenbach (OC AFB Yplt); Cmdt Gert Theron (22 Sqn OC)


The civvy is Oom Stofstrepie, Gen Constand Viljoen, CSADF at the time, not sure why he was in civvies. In the right hand photo, the civvy on the far right looks like Brig Gen Dick Lord.


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Hi Anton,

I agree with Gen Viljoen in the left hand photo. Is it not Brig (I think at the time) Tom Stegemann in the right hand photo. Was he not OC Southern Air Command at the time?

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I could also only identify General Viljoen although he seems to look older than he should for a photo of this period?

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Hi Anton,

I agree with Gen Viljoen in the left hand photo. Is it not Brig (I think at the time) Tom Stegemann in the right hand photo. Was he not OC Southern Air Command at the time?

Cheers,
Piet v S


Hi Piet, quite right =D> , Brig Tom Stegemann it is, OC SAC


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Thanks guys for the help with ID personnel. You've all helped jog my memory and certainly Gen C Viljoen was present...that's is factual (got autograph). Appreciate input.


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I have just come across this photo I took at the Military Academy Airshow at Saldanha back in the 80's and I don't think I have previously posted same. In any event the old links to Photobucket are no longer, so it may be of interest given it must be quite a rare photo with the ditching of Wasp 82.


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82 Westland Wasp HAS1 F.9551 22 Sqn 01/10/1963 02-Jun-92 sold 8/8/67: sank in sea off Cape Town, rebuilt. Sold to Glamco Aviation, Singapore.


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