Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Helicopters and Pigeons

Every now and then a blip hits the horizon to turn an otherwise rather pedestrian week into a highlight.
Such a day happened a couple of months ago ..... it involved helicopters and clay pigeons.

My network engineer and I were invited to fly by helicopter from Johannesburg to the Hippo Creek shooting centre approximately 110 KM near a town called Parys in the Free state to do some clay pigeon shooting then attend a new computer product launch, followed by some lunch before flying back.

Over the years I've had the privilege of flying in helicopters both military into combat and civilian and I can really say I never ever tire of the excitement and the experience

How To:
How to do clay pigeon shooting.... 

  • Take a pigeon, dip it in liquid clay and leave to dry for approximately 1 hour
  • Take pigeon outside with a 12 gauge shotgun
  • get someone to throw the pigeon high in the air
  • Shoot pigeon
OK now that I've got everyone in a state, a clay pigeon is actually a clay disc (see picture below) that is launched on your command and then you have to shoot it out of the sky.... sooo easy.... NOT!!!! ...... But incredible fun

So let me not bore you with endless details but rather put up some photo's.....

Sitting up front with the Pilot

Take off with Johannesburg in the distance
Sandton business district

Out over the free state

Hippo Creek on the right

The helicopter we flew in - Bell 407
Second of four helicopters coming into land

Clay Pigeon shooting
Clay Pigeon

Clay Pigeon launcher

Tailings dam near Johannesburg
Johannesburg with Hillbrow Tower (Telecommunications)

Brixton tower (Television & Radio)

Zoo Lake
Coming in to land

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