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Huey's TV appearance on Ultimate Force
Earlier in the year we were contacted by a film production company asking if they
could hire the huey as a film prop. They wanted to use it for the TV drama series
Ultimate Force. Of course we agreed! The filming took place at Chinnor, Oxfordshire, in a
disused quarry. We flew down early on Sunday 7th August 2005 in glorious sunshine and
arrived about 10am. The film crew was already set up as they had been filming for a few
days beforehand. We were offered tea and coffee and the obligatory bacon butties and
asked to make our way to the wardrobe department! Due to the limitations of
our licence we are not allowed to take any passengers, so for any action
shots we, the flight crew, had to appear to be the characters! So were all decked
out in desert combat gear then sent to the make-up department! The story line for this
particular episode is set in Afghanistan and the quarry did look the part. We watched the
filming of a few scenes with great interest.
There were soldiers
driving a jeep across the desert taking hostages, shooting guns
with the director shouting ACTION! and CUT! None of us have ever
been on location before so it was great fun to watch. We were given a splendid Sunday
lunch cooked on site and served in an old converted double decker bus. All the film crew,
makeup girls, wardrobe girls, and most of the actors joined us and we were given a
fascinating insight into the making of films.
Following lunch it was time for the Hueys debut! The director wanted to film her
flying in and landing, collecting the troops and taking off again. The first part was
easy. We flew into the site and landed perfectly making a huge dust cloud! The second
part took a couple of hours to shoot as the director wanted to film the actors getting
into the helicopter from a few different angles. So, after a few takes we
were all quite familiar with the script and indeed the actors! As we could not take
passengers while we were flying, we had to assume the roles of these actors while the
cameraman shot us as we took off! Im sure that no-one will be able to
tell as we created so much dust again as we took off!
We had a great day.
Everyone we met was very excited about working with this fabulous helicopter and we had a
lot of praise for it. It certainly looked the part, especially at the end of the day
covered in dust! We would like to thank everyone involved for giving us this opportunity.
The series is due to start in Easter 2006 and the Huey will feature in the third
programme of the series. Look out for it!!