Blackhawks over Parliament House

By 10 November, 2010 19

The Australian brings word that soldiers are going to be rappelling out of Blackhawk helicopters over Parliament House on Friday as part of a training exercise.

While the note states “this training is for exercise purposes only and is not in response to any specific security threat or situation,” it immediately excited comment amongst parliamentarians.

The Black Hawks will make a number of approaches over Parliament House and descend well below the top of the famous flagpole, hovering as low as 15 metres above the roofs of both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

So don’t go panicking.

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19 Responses to Blackhawks over Parliament House
#1
p17:00 pm, 10 Nov 10

Surely fast roping, rather then abseiling?

#2
farnarkler7:08 pm, 10 Nov 10

Wilson Tuckey trying to get his seat back.

#3
Skidbladnir7:39 pm, 10 Nov 10

p1 said :

Surely fast roping, rather then abseiling?

1- They’re two different things.
One uses equipment to control descent, the other just relies on physical strength and rope-grip.
2- Then vs than? You should know better…

#4
Holden Caulfield7:45 pm, 10 Nov 10

Be alert, not alarmed.

#5
grumpyrhonda8:05 pm, 10 Nov 10

Holden Caulfield said :

Be alert, not alarmed.

Your country needs more lerts.

#6
BerraBoy688:16 pm, 10 Nov 10

Personally, I feel safer knowing he BlackHawks and those that use them are out there, keeping us safe.

#7
grumpyrhonda9:33 pm, 10 Nov 10

I wonder if it’s going to be loud enough to drown out the voices of the politicians.

#8
p19:47 pm, 10 Nov 10

Skidbladnir said :

p1 said :

Surely fast roping, rather then abseiling?

1- They’re two different things.
One uses equipment to control descent, the other just relies on physical strength and rope-grip.
2- Then vs than? You should know better…

Yes two different things. I was suggesting it is much more likely that they are are practicing fast roping in this instance.

As for the ‘then’, I can only claim drunken posting. Cheers!

#9
MJay1:33 am, 11 Nov 10

Anyone know what time of day the training will be taking place? or is it all under wraps?

Sounds like they aren’t giving much away.

#10
Deref7:35 am, 11 Nov 10

Jeez – I hope the Blackhawks aren’t built around rusty Viet Nam-era airframes! Surely our Great and Powerful Friends wouldn’t sell us their clapped out old junk…again…would they?

#11
johnboy7:58 am, 11 Nov 10

Deref said :

Jeez – I hope the Blackhawks aren’t built around rusty Viet Nam-era airframes! Surely our Great and Powerful Friends wouldn’t sell us their clapped out old junk…again…would they?

They’d need a time machine to do that.

#12
PBO9:11 am, 11 Nov 10

p1 said :

Surely fast roping, rather then abseiling?

1, Otherwise it is Tea bagging.

Deref said :

Jeez – I hope the Blackhawks aren’t built around rusty Viet Nam-era airframes! Surely our Great and Powerful Friends wouldn’t sell us their clapped out old junk…again…would they?

facepalm!

#13
Captain RAAF10:22 am, 11 Nov 10

Hopefully, the era of El Presidente` Capitano Raaf will beging peacefully once I get to the bottom of the rope but those parliamentary guards do pack a pretty mean chinese burn!

All lawyers, Labor voters and Kevin Rudd’s had better make tracks cos, your first on my list!

#14
Thumper10:55 am, 11 Nov 10

In other defence news, I noticed in the RAR magazine that I received yesterday that the M113s are being retired.

What a pity. I liked those big growling beasts.

#15
AngryHenry2:08 pm, 11 Nov 10

Any idea as to what time this may happen people?

#16
AngryHenry3:51 pm, 11 Nov 10

‘Bout lunch time… But don’t quote me on that.

#17
Pork Hunt5:12 pm, 11 Nov 10

Captain RAAF said :

Hopefully, the era of El Presidente` Capitano Raaf will beging peacefully once I get to the bottom of the rope but those parliamentary guards do pack a pretty mean chinese burn!

All lawyers, Labor voters and Kevin Rudd’s had better make tracks cos, your first on my list!

I saw through your cunning plan. It’s a military coup while Ms Gillard and 1st Bloke are in Korea…
As an ex-raafie, I request that I be appointed acting 5 I/C until a position can be found to suit my talents..

#18
I-filed5:43 pm, 11 Nov 10

Where’s the best place to watch from with a pair of binocs? Any hints?

#19
MJay4:05 pm, 12 Nov 10

Well it was great to watch it at Parliament house, hot and windy weather wasn’t too pleasant though. And it happened just over lunchtime so thanks for the tip.

I got a fair few pics, I have sent a few through to the riotact, I imagine there may have been a few other rioters snapping pics too.

Even some of the AFP guys had their phones out and were taking in the spectacle.

A cabbie tried to stop and take it in too but was quickly moved on by the AFP who yelled at him for stopping and obstructing traffic :D

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