To prevent Navy Helicopters (petrol pigeons in the trade) from rolling around and falling over the side they are firmly lashed to the deck. Of course if you don’t take off all the lashings before take off you turn a helicopter into a pile of twisted metal and a pilot and navigator into puddles of pink goo. To put the pilots mind at ease that all is well in the world and they can safely take off, the flight deck crew stand in front of the Helicopter with a butter wouldn’t melt look on their faces with all the lashing straps raised high for the pilot to see.

Taken with a D80 with nikkor 18-35

A man, a camera, a freak accident!

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  • kcdd6
    kcdd6about 6 years ago

    Nice capture Andrew.

    Are you ‘in the mob’??

  • yes mate I am

    – Drew Walker

  • tayforth
    tayforthabout 6 years ago

    Great shot! Excellent sky and composition – not often I pay compliments to the Navy ;-)

  • gjones85
    gjones85about 6 years ago

    i saw your shot and i had to upload a shot i had of a similar set up. Nice work

  • KevM
    KevMabout 6 years ago

    Saw this in the Features on the Nikon group – great composition and balance of colours. The perspective is fantastic.

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