Did you know that registration to Civilian Aviation is completely free and brings you lots of added features? Find out more....

G-MGPS Leonardo AW169 in Bedford, 13/07/2019

This area is for all current civilian images less than 5 years old. A limited number of military photos (guideline up to 10%) may be included if they add to the overall theme. No topics with links only please.
Post Reply
User avatar
TheMightyOz
POTM & SPOTM winner
Posts: 453
Joined: Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:49 pm
Location: Bedfordshire

G-MGPS Leonardo AW169 in Bedford, 13/07/2019

Post by TheMightyOz » Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:42 am

As I was loading up the car with concrete to take to the tip on Saturday, I saw a helicopter come over the house, bank round and start descending. Guessing that Bedford Park was the most suitable landing site in that direction I jumped in the car and headed there to find the Magpas air ambulance charity's shiny, new Leonardo AW169, with only 80 hours on the clock including the delivery flight from Italy, attending for an incident at Bedford prison.

G-MGPS - 2018 Leonardo AW169
Image

G-MGPS - 2018 Leonardo AW169 departure.
Image

Cheers,
Oz

User avatar
LondonEye
POTM & SPOTM winner
Posts: 583
Joined: Tue Nov 17, 2015 7:49 pm

Re: G-MGPS Leonardo AW169 in Bedford, 13/07/2019

Post by LondonEye » Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:04 pm

That's a nice catch.

Any ideas, anyone, on the under nose torrent mounting ?
Trying to work out if it is camera / spotlight / night vision etc. I could understand those being on a police H/C, but interested what it is on a medical ship.
Cheers, Pete.

User avatar
TheMightyOz
POTM & SPOTM winner
Posts: 453
Joined: Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:49 pm
Location: Bedfordshire

Re: G-MGPS Leonardo AW169 in Bedford, 13/07/2019

Post by TheMightyOz » Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:29 pm

Hi Pete. It's a spotlight. Presumably so they can see what they're landing on when it's dark.

User avatar
LondonEye
POTM & SPOTM winner
Posts: 583
Joined: Tue Nov 17, 2015 7:49 pm

Re: G-MGPS Leonardo AW169 in Bedford, 13/07/2019

Post by LondonEye » Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:21 pm

Done a bit of digging.
I wonder if it is actually night vision equipment to enable single pilot operation.
Noticed the same mounting on pictures of G-KSST, the Aw169 of Kent Ambulance.

Pete.

User avatar
Wallie
SPOTM winner
Posts: 335
Joined: Fri May 23, 2014 7:52 am
Contact:

Re: G-MGPS Leonardo AW169 in Bedford, 13/07/2019

Post by Wallie » Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:37 pm

Wow A nice catch of this Heli. :thumb:
The little boy seems overwhelmed by the machine :D
Greetings
Wallie
www.spectare.be

mustang5861
Posts: 81
Joined: Thu Dec 25, 2014 6:08 pm

Re: G-MGPS Leonardo AW169 in Bedford, 13/07/2019

Post by mustang5861 » Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:26 pm

A couple of nice shots there. Living a couple of hundred yards from Bedford Park, I've seen and heard quite a few air-ambulance choppers using the cricket pitch just inside the main gate, either to drop off patients for transfer by road to Bedford Hospital or to pick up and transfer patients to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge. Below are a couple of shots of MAGPAS MD902 Explorer G-HMDX taken on a cold, crisp afternoon in January 2015.

ImageP1050322 by mustang 5861, on Flickr

ImageP1050325 by mustang 5861, on Flickr

Post Reply

Return to “Current Civilian Photography”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: keith martin, Majestic-12 [Bot] and 50 guests